Continental Theatre

5308 Melrose Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90038     | map

Opened: As the Melvan in the 1940's. The name came from its location at Melrose and Van Ness.In the 50's it was used for radio shows and known as the KTLA Studio TheatreIn 1963 it was renamed the Encore and ran foreign films.

In the 80's it became part of the Laemmle circuit and was called the Continental.

Seating: 824

Status: Demolished -- the site is now occupied by a large new building that's part of Raleigh Studios.  Closing date is unknown.

More Information:
See the Cinema Treasures page on the Encore.

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Hollywood 1940-2008

by Marc Wanamaker
Arcadia Press Images of America Series, 2009
ISBN: 9780738559230

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  This book is a great collection of photos and lore about Hollywood.
Most of the images are from Mr. Wanamaker's Bison Archives.   Here we're
looking west at Melrose and Van Ness in 1941. On the left is the
Melvan Theatre, later the Encore and Continental.
On Google Books:  larger view

Hollywood Photographs

In the great Bruce Torrence collection is this 1951
view of the theatre as the KTLA Studio Theatre.
full size view | data page


Ken McIntyre on Photobucket

A 1941 view of this theatre as the Melvan
 Theatre discovered by Ken.

A view of the now vanished Continental Theatre.

photo: Gary Graver  - undated

[ click on the image to enlarge ]

Gary Graver (1938-2006) was a  filmmaker and cinematographer
 who took many photos of theatres in Los Angeles and Portland.
More can be seen on You Tube: "Second Run - part 1" and
"Second Run - part 2." Thanks to Sean Graver for use of the photo.

American Classic Images

The Continental Theatre in a 1984 photo from
 the website American Classic Images.

The photo above also appears on the
Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.

Life |

A 1951 Life magazine photo by Ed Clark of a
crowd lining up for a show when the theatre
 was the KTLA Studio Theatre.
full size view |
data on the photo

Ken McIntyre also has the photo on his
 Photos of Los Angeles
Facebook page.