614 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036 | map |
Status: It's dormant. The theatre was in the clutches of a religious organization in 2012. They were calling it the Arc Theatre. Their operation appears to be moribund. It's unknown whether the group owns the building or if they were just leasing. Their former website is down and there are no posts since 2012 on the Arc Theater Facebook page.
Opened: In 1938 as the Gordon. It was named for the owner, David Gordon.
Seating: 899 originally, now down to 750Architect: Clifford A. Balch designed this lovely Art Deco theatre. David K. Mesbur of Mesbur+Smith Architects did the sensitive restoration for Cineplex Odeon in the 1985. The auditorium murals by Tony Heinsbergen were uncovered and restored.
History: It ran into the 80s as the Gordon. Cineplex Odeon acquired the venue and re-opened it in October 1985 as the Cineplex Odeon Showcase after a tasteful restoration. The company then jettisoned the property around 1999. The theatre later ran as an independent and closed in 2008.
It was then booked for awhile by the Laemmle circuit, closing again in May 2009. Following that closure it was purchased by Regent Entertainment and operated as the Regent Showcase, a venue open only for special events.
In late 2012 and early 2013 it was being called the Arc Theatre but that operation never blossomed. ARC intended to use the theatre for inspirational stage and film presentations as well as church services. The last rental information used an e-mail address of firstname.lastname@example.org and 818-761-0661 as their phone number.
Screen size: 15' x 32' Throw: approximately 100'
Sound: THX certified at one point. Ultra Stereo ECI-60, Dolby CP-200 processor
Projection: Simplex 35, Christie platter
The Showcase in the Movies: Near the beginning of Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" (CBS Films/Blueprint Pictures, 2012) two of them (Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell) are seen watching a film in the Showcase auditorium.
The Gordon on TV:
The marquee of the theatre in its Gordon days
appears in an episode of "The White Shadow" (1978).
Thanks to Walter Santucci, who posted
the photo on the LAHTF Facebook page.
full size view | on Facebook
The theatre's flashing neon puts in an appearance a little
over a minute into The Doors' "L.A. Woman" video.
With the name lit on the front.
Thanks to Sean Ault for spotting this one!
More Information: See the Showcase page on Cinema Treasures for a nice history. One nice link on the page posted by "Bway" is to a Bing aerial view of the Showcase Theatre.
The auditorium is pictured in a Boxoffice ad for International seats in the April 29, 1939 issue.
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An interior view from the website that was up in
2012 when a group was calling it the Arc Theatre.
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The rear of the deco auditorium.
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Thanks to Cinema Sightlines for
this fine look at the theatre's neon.
The stairs up to the lounge area.
A look across the house during
a busy night at the Showcase.