5th Avenue Theatre

2541 W.  Manchester Blvd.  | map

Inglewood, CA 90305

Opened: 1939

The 5th Avenue was built for Southside Theatres and subsequently operated by Fox West Coast, National General and Mann Theatres. It later took a slip down and became a porno venue before closing. The address is listed as 2519 W. Manchester in the 1940 city directory.

The 5th Avenue is just a few blocks east of the Academy Theatre.

Architect: Clifford A. Balch

Seating: 986

Status: It got remodeled in 2014 and is now a church. The theatre had closed in the 80s and was sitting vacant for years. There once were redevelopment plans by a another church group that went nowhere.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the 5th Avenue.  The Cinema Tour page on the 5th has two exterior views by Ken Roe. There seem to be no interior photos available.

The view east on Manchester toward
the abandoned 5th Ave. Theatre.

photo: Google Maps - 2012

Click on the photo to enlarge or head
to Google for an interactive view.

The fan at the center of the
5th Avenue's marquee.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2010

Michelle's photos of the 5th Avenue appear
 in her Theatres - California album on Flickr.

Thanks, Michelle!

A marquee detail.

photo: Ken McIntyre - 2007

[ click on any of these photos for a larger view ]

The view looking west on Manchester.

photo: Ken Roe - 2002

Ken Roe's photo appears on Cinema Treasures.

A look at the terrazzo in front of the 5th Avenue.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2010

More deco terrazzo at the 5th.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2010

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A nice view of some deco detailing
on the 5th Avenue's facade.

The shot here appears on page 6 of Debra Jane's
 California Theatres section. If you scroll down to
the 5th Avenue listing, you'll see a few more.

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A view of the 5th Avenue's facade by Martin.

The photo also appears on the Mid Century Modern
Facebook page where Alonzo Brooks wonders how
it can just sit there vacant for 30 years.

 The vista up to the sky along
 the 5th Avenue's tower.

photo: Ken McIntyre - 2012

[ click on any of these photos for a larger view ]

The facade of the 5th.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

A look up the tower.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2010

Crumbling lettering atop the west readerboard.

photo: Ken McIntyre - 2007

Ken Mcintyre's photos appear on Photos of Los Angeles:
 |  west readerboard - 2007 |  east readerboard - 2007  |
 |  looking up - 2012 |  another readerboard detail - 2007 |

Thanks, Ken!

A west readerboard detail.

photo: Escott Norton - Old Sign Art

Also on Escott's Old Sign Art collection on Facebook:
Thanks, Escott!

A terrazzo detail.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2010

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The 5th Avenue in somewhat
better days - 1982.

    Cezar Del Valle - Theatre Talks    

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A 2002 Betty Sword photo in the
collection of Cezar Del Valle.
Cezar is a Brooklyn based theatre historian with a
long time fondness for the theatres of Los Angeles.

Thanks, Cezar!