Oriental Theatre

7425 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Opened: 1921 as the Granada.  It's also been known as the West Coast Hollywood Theatre

Seating: 896

Architect: Meyer & Holler designed the theatre in a fanciful Spanish style befitting its original name, the Granada.  By 1934 it was the Oriental.

Meyer and Holler were better known for their work on Hollywood Blvd. for Sid Grauman at the Egyptian and the Chinese. They also did the amazingly gaudy West Coast Theatre in Long Beach.

Status: Closed January 1985.  It's been remodeled into retail space as the Guitar Center.  The structure is still there but the theatre has been made into part of a larger complex.

The rear room for vintage guitars still shows the proscenium area.  The only visible theatre remnants are some original plaster and moldings across the ceiling near the proscenium. The booth area can also be visited. 

The Oriental in the Movies:  In the great 1958 Allied Artists epic "Unwed Mother" we get Robert Vaughn crossing the street to the Oriental.



Vaughn heading to the Oriental for a holdup.
larger view




Looking east after the deed.  We see the cashier hitting the
 button on the floor of the boxoffice to summon the police.
It doesn't go well. The car won't start and he gets caught. 
larger view


More Information: See the Oriental page on Cinema Treasures for a nice history.



American Classic Images

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A 1983 night view of the Oriental Theatre from
the website American Classic Images.

A look at the theatre in 1982.
Also in the collection: 
1923 exterior  |



Boxoffice

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A look down the aisle in a photo from an article
on floor coverings in the April 1, 1939 issue of
the trade magazine Boxoffice. 
 full article

The caption reads:
 "Tasteful modernism in aisle carpet provides excellent
background for ushers' flashlights in the Oriental Theatre
in Los Angeles. Aisle floors are one spot in a theatre's interior
which the patron always sees, whether or not house lights
ever go up between performances."



Mid Century Modern

...and Historical Los Angeles in the '60s, '70s and '80s

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A 1985 view of the doomed Oriental. It was
added by Maurice Ideses to Alison Martino's
Mid Century Modern Facebook page.
full size view



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Rodney Bingenheimer in front of
the Oriental Theatre, c. 1978.
full size view








The Oriental in 2010 -- it's been
swallowed by the Guitar Center.

photo: Bill Counter


A view of the Oriental Theatre marquee coming down.

photo: Gary Graver


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Another marquee demolition shot.

photo: Gary Graver

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.



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Hollywood Photographs

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A 1972 exterior view from the wonderful
Bruce Torrence Collection.
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Theatres in Los Angeles

by Suzanne Tarbell Cooper,
Amy Ronnebeck Hall and Marc Wanamaker.
Arcadia Publishing, 2008.

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This 1932 view of the Oriental Theatre appears on page 76
of "Theatres in Los Angeles." 
Most of the rare photos in
the book are from Marc Wanamaker's Bison Archives

 Ken McIntyre has posted full size views:
 on Photobucket  | Photos of Los Angeles  | a re-post

Ethereal Reality also has this one on
his Noirish Los Angeles post #8390.



Ken Roe on Photobucket

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A 1926 exterior shot of the Granada/ Oriental
 in Ken Roe's Photobucket album.
  full size view



An auditorium shot, also from 1926.
  full size view

The images are from
 "American Theatres of Today" volume 1, p. 161
by R.W. Sexton and B. F. Betts

The two volumes were published in 1927 and 1930
 by the Architectural Book Publishing Co, New York.
Reprinted in one volume in 1977 by
 the Vestal Press, New York

   You can buy a reprint edition from
 the Theatre Historical Society.

Ken Roe photographs theatres all over the world. For a real
 treat browse his Flickr album "Movie Theatres USA

The two photos above (and others) appear in
Ethereal Reality's Noirish Los Angeles post #8348.