Vine Theatre

6321 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Rental Info: (310) 444-8955

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Opened: 1940 as the Admiral. It was originally Henry's Restaurant before a remodel. In the 60s it was known as Rector's Admiral.  Trans-Beacon gave it another remodel in 1969 and re-named it the Vine.

Pacific Theatres operated the Vine for years (with a yet another remodel in the 70's) as both a Spanish language house and a $2 grindhouse.  At the end it was a sad independent operation with $7 double features.

Architect: S. Charles Lee

Seating: 600

The Vine Theatre in the Movies:

We get a look west from Hollywood & Vine in Joseph
Newman's "The George Raft Story" (Allied Artists, 1961)
with Ray Danton, Jayne Mansfield and Julie London. The
 Vine (here still called the Admiral) is on the lower right.

In the distance note the anachronism of the towers of the
Warner with the neon saying "Cinerama."  Thanks to Kliph
 Nesteroff for the screenshot, posted on Vintage Los Angeles. 
 larger view  |  on Vintage LA

Status: Currently for rent. After 70 years of operation (with a few breaks) it closed in October 2007.

In June 2009 it reopened as the home of the Laserium.  The L.A. Times had the story.  Evidently the Laserium folks couldn't make a go of it.  A January 2010 story details the defeat.

It's again available for rentals. The marquee has been touting its 35mm and digital projection capabilities.

More Information: See the Cinema Tour page for more pictures. And there's lots of discussion on the Cinema Treasures page.  For a look at the block before the theatre existed, see the Dick Whittington 1939 USC view on Photos of Los Angeles.

The Vine Theatre in its brief Laserium phase.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

[ click to enlarge ]

A signage detail.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

Cinema Treasures

An interior look at the Vine added to Cinema
Treasures by prolific contributor Bill Gabel. 
full size view

Intrepid photographer Hollywood 90038 stalks
all of Hollywood. Here's one of his images of
the Vine in its Laserium period in 2009. 
full size view

Check out the Cinema Treasures
Vine Theatre
page for many more views.

The Kingsley Collection

A lovely 1966 view
from The Kingsley Collection.
We're looking east on Hollywood Blvd. The
 theatre here is still called Rector's admiral.
full size view

The Admiral is running an MGM revival package that was
out that year. On the marquee: "Sweethearts" and "The Merry
Widow." Oh, that's the 
down the street on the left.

The Kingsley collection features photos from
 the estate of
Barbara Harlen.

A cropped version of this shot appears on
 Photos of Los Angeles as a post of Bill Gabel.

Los Angeles Public Library

A c.1937 Herman Schultheis view looking across
toward where the Admiral Theatre would later be.
 It's still a restaurant at this point.
full size view

An undated photo by Ralph Morris looking west on
 Hollywood Blvd. Below us is the Admiral Theatre
 with Vine St. and the Pantages beyond.
 full size view

A 1946 Christmas view looking west at one of the
most photographed corners in the city, Hollywood and Vine. 
The Admiral marquee is glowing brightly on the right.
 full size view

The view above appears as part of the lovely post #2330
by GSJansen on page 117 of the delightful SkyscraperPage
discussion thread "Noirish Los Angeles."

Ken McIntyre on Photobucket

Also in Ken's collection is this glimpse
at the facade in 1952.
 full size view

Noirish Los Angeles- Skyscraperpage

A partial view in 1942 of the Admiral marquee from
a photo mostly about Sardi's (which is off to the right).
We're running "Footlight Serenade." 

It's in post #3988 by Ethereal Reality on the delirious
discussion thread Noirish Los Angeles -- page 200. 

You're looking at a detail from a much larger
image from The Black Dahlia in Hollywood:

full size view:
 |  on Noirish Los Angeles  |  on Vintage Los Angeles  |


Looking west from Hollywood and Vine in August,
 1963.  The photo was submitted to Shorpy by tterrace,
who says he's the guy visiting the big city. The Admiral is
 running a reissue of "Auntie Mame" (1958) plus "The
Day They Robbed The Bank of England (1960).
 Thanks to Phillip Cutler for giving a nudge to get this
one on the page by posting it on our Los Angeles Theatres
Facebook page. Visit Phillip's page devoted to
 Classic Hollywood/Los Angeles/SFV.

Theatres in Los Angeles

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

www.arcadiapublishing.comgoogle books preview

This 1942 view of the Admiral Theatre appears on page 67
of "Theatres in Los Angeles."  On the marquee: "Hellzapoppin"
 and "Saboteur." Most of the rare photos in the book are
from Marc Wanamaker's Bison Archives
  full size view

Ken McIntyre posted a full size view on his Photos of Los Angeles
Facebook page. There's also a cropped view on Facebook.
And Ken also has it on Photobucket.

UCLA  Calisphere

A busy 1947  Frasher Foto Card looking west
on Hollywood Blvd. across Vine Street. Look at
the full size view and you'll find the Vine
Theatre in the center.
 full size view

Note that on Calisphere, you can zoom
in and pan around looking at details.

This photo also appears
on Vintage Los Angeles.


The Vine Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

[ click to enlarge ]

A look west on Hollywood Blvd.

photo: Google Maps - 2009

The intersection of Hollywood and Vine is behind us.
Note the towers of the Warner Theatre in the distance.
Click to enlarge or head to Google for an interactive view.

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Martin Alison on Flickr

Martin has a delightful collection of 1965 views of
Los Angeles. Here we're looking west on Hollywood Blvd.
with "Rector's Admiral" visible on the far left.
 full size view

The photo also appears on the Neat Stuff Blog
in a 2009 post "Vintage Los Angeles."

Sean Ault Archives by Osiris Press

Looking east on Hollywood Blvd. in 1958. Rector's
Admiral is running "I Want To Live" with Susan
 Hayward. The 2nd big feature is "The Long,
 Long Trailer" (1953) with Lucy and Desi.
full size view  |  on FB/LATheatres

Thanks, Sean!

Sean Ault is a noted historian of transit
 in the Los Angeles area.
You can see many more items
from his Osiris Press transit archive on YouTube.

Hollywood Photographs    

In the great Bruce Torrence Hollywood
Photographs collection is this 1942 view.  
full size image 

Also in the collection:
1972 exterior  |  more Hollywood theatre photos  |

Looking west through Hollywood and Vine in a December
1948 photo by Arnold Hylen. The photo comes to us courtesy
of his grand niece Lisa Santa Lucia-Riccardi.
 full size view

Thanks, Lisa!

S. Charles Lee Archive - UCLA

Here's a photo by Julius Schulman from the

UCLA S. Charles Lee Archive collection.

This dates from 1939 or 1940 when the
was still called the Admiral. 
full size image

The photo above also appears
on Photos of Los Angeles.

Also in the UCLA Archives:
facade sketch  |


A nice post on this blog offers a great selection of short
video clips focusing on Hollywood Blvd.  Here we get a shot
of the Admiral/Vine Theatre in 1956 running "The Searchers"
on a 1 minute+ cli
p from Alison Martino, of Vintage
Los Angeles fame.
Click to enlarge or
 watch the videomore Hollywood videos on LAist

Mid Century Modern

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

A sweet December, 1954 view of the Vine Theatre
marquee (on the
right) as we look west.  Here in 1954 the
theatre is still called the Admiral.
In the background, you'll
 see the towers of the
WarnerThe photo was added
to the page by Richard Wojcik.

full size view

The view above also appears
on Vintage Los Angeles.

A January 2014 look at the Vine with the
"For Rent" lettering off the marquee. It's
 a photo by Andrew Gage.
full size view

Thanks to Stephen Russo of the LAHTF
 for spotting Andrew's photo!

Photos of Los Angeles

A c.1945 look west on Hollywood Blvd. toward Vine.
Note the Admiral Theatre down there on the left with
the Pantages farther down. 
full size view

A 1952 view of a KTLA broadcast gets us a shot
of the Admiral / Vine marquee.  We're running "The Long
Voyage Home" (1940) and "Barbary Coast" (1935).
full size view

Well, it's hard to see much of the Vine in this one
but it's there on the right as we look west on Hollywood Blvd.
Douglas Rudd posted it on Photos of Los Angeles.
 full size view

A triple bill we're sorry to have missed at the
Vine in the 70s. It's a photo by Kolchak Ans
on Photos of Los Angeles.
 full size view | on FB/LATheatres

So Cal Historic Architecture

A terrific Christmas view of the Admiral Theatre looking
 west on Hollywood Blvd. from Vine St. It was added to the
So Cal Historic Architecture page by Gary Fimbres. 
full size view

Uncanny -- Hollywood Boulevard Line

Here we're looking east along Hollywood Blvd. -- you
can see a sliver of the Pantages vertical on the left. The
main feature at the Admiral this week is "Razor's Edge" 
with Gene Tierney and Tyrone Power from 1946.
full size view

Tom Wetzel's Bits of LA History pages are lots of fun
and have many rare photos of LA interurban lines.  His
 tour of the Hollywood Blvd. Line also has views
of the Chinese, the Warner and the Pantages. 

The view also appears as a 2011 post by The Felix in Hollywood
Tour Company on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.
And there was a copy of the card on eBay in 2013.