Filmarte Theatre

1228 Vine St.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Opened: May 9, 1928 as the La Mirada Theatre -- named after the the cross street where it was located. By 1929 it was the Filmarte.

It had good runs of a number of French films in the 1930's. It became a revival house in the 40's under Fox West Coast management.

In the early 50s it was put to use as a TV studio. Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" was filmed there.  In 1957 it was called the Linkletter Playhouse, home of Art Linklettter's "People Are Funny." From 1962 to 1964 it was known as the Steve Allen Theatre.

Marc Wanamaker relates that in the mid 60s Gary Essert wanted to open his club Hullabaloo there. After a month of painting, removing seats and decorating, they got kicked out. The landlord, National General, decided they didn't want that kind of operation in one of their buildings. The venture ended up at the Earl Carroll.

Seating: 900

Status: Demolished after a fire in 1990.  At the time it was a being used by a production compny and called Late Night Studios. There's currently an office building on the site.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page.  Wikipedia has an article on the Steve Allen Playhouse.

Ken McIntyre on Photobucket

The industrious Cinema Treasures researcher Ken McIntyre
has all sorts of great images on his Photobucket albums.
Here's a  1937 view looking north on Vine he has found.
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The photo also appears on p.225 of "The Story of Hollywood:
An Illustrated History" by Gregory Paul Williams. 
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Photos of Los Angeles

The Filmarte in 1933, running "Be Mine Tonight."

The photo above also appears in the Bruce
Torrence Hollywood Photographs Collection. 

A look at the Filmarte in 1946. 
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The feature: "The Bells of St. Mary's"
Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.


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Hollywood Photographs

A rare 1943 view of the interior after some serious
 draping. It's from the Bruce Torrence Hollywood
Photographs collection.

L.A. Public Library

Here's a 1930's view of the auditorium of the La Mirada.
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A lobby view, also from the LAPL collection.  It's a
 shot taken after the draping project of the early 40s.
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Here's a 1957 exterior view by Gerald A. Smith when
the Filmarte Theatre was being used by Art Linklater.  
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A look at the Filmarte's boxoffice.
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