Las Palmas Theatre

1642 N. Las Palmas Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90028


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Opened: Originally a market, it was remodeled in 1936 into the Hollywood Little Theatre.   In 1944 it was the Playtime Theatre.

The theatre history page of TheaterPrint gives us some information about the many shows playing the theatre:

"... over the years the theatre has housed a number of successful productions. In 1946 the Actors Lab leased the Las Palmas and presented 'Volpone,' 'Awake and Sing', 'Home of the Brave' with Barbara Bel Geddes, and Gogol's 'The Inspector General,' all for limited engagements.

1948 brought the Las Palmas' most successful production, the musical revue 'Lend an Ear' featuring Carol Channing and Gene Nelson, with words and music by Charles Gaynor. The show moved to Broadway playing 460 performances leading directly to Channing's casting in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blonde's and stardom. 'Lend an Ear' was followed at the Las Palmas by the unsuccessful' Tongue in Cheek.'

Arthur Kennedy took over the house, in 1951, to present his company in a repertory of plays. In 1954 the successful 'That's Life' opened, a planned Broadway transfer never materialized.

October 15, 1958, brought 'The Billy Barnes Revue' with music and lyrics by Billy Barnes featuring Joyce Jameson, Bert Convy, and Ken Berry. The revue transferred to Off-Broadway, then to Broadway for 87 performances, before returning to Off-Broadway. Billy Barnes was back in 1964 with Billy 'Barnes' Hollywood' again with Joyce Jameson and Ken Berry. June 1968, brought 'The Private Ear' and 'The Public Eye'..."

The paper ephemera collection of Eric Lynxwiler
on Flickr includes this ad for the revue "Insults of 1944"
 at the Playtime Theatre. The ad appeared in an issue
 of Playgoer magazine distributed at the Biltmore.
full size view

The Las Palmas was a noted legit venue for many years. The Hume Cronyn production of "Portrait of a Lady" starring Jessica Tandy played here.

Carol Channing made her west coast debut at the Las Palmas in the 1948 revue "Lend an Ear," directed by Gower Champion.

An L.A. Times ad appearing on the Facebook page
 Photos of Los Angeles for "Lend an Ear."
It was a find of Ken McIntyre.

The program cover for "Lend An Ear,"
available as a print from TheaterPrint. The revue
starred Carol Channing and Gene Nelson.
slightly larger view

Seating: Estimates range from 388 to 600

Status: The Las Palmas ran adult films in the 1970's. The theatre was later used as  a music club. It's now back in business as a nightclub called Sound.

More information: See the Las Palmas page on Cinema Treasures

Hollywood Photographs    

A look at the theatre in 1972 from the

Bruce Torrence collection.
full size view

Also see: 
1982 exterior  |

The Las Palmas Theatre.

Photo: Bill Counter - 2007

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A Michael Ochs 1951 view of the Las Palmas at night.
larger view on google images | on the Getty site

Photos of Los Angeles

An undated view added by Ken McIntyre to
the Photos of Los Angeles collection.
full size view  |  on LAtheatres.blogspot

A look at the marquee in

2012 by Ken McIntyre.
full size view

A shot of the entrance in
2012 by Ken McIntyre.
full size view