4426 Gage Ave. | map |
Bell, CA 90201
Opened: In 1925 as the Alcazar Theatre. The contractor was W. M. Bell. The theatre's location was just east of Huntington Park, 1 1/2 blocks west of Atlantic Ave. Joe Vogel notes on Cinema Treasures that the estimated cost of the building, including its Estey pipe organ, was $105,000.
The theatre had a fire in 1944 with much of the interior damaged. It soon reopened with new screen, seats and draperies. The cause was believed to be a smoldering cigarette.
As the Alcazar, it was a longtime Fox West Coast operation. It was known as the Alcazar as late as 1962. Later it was known as the Bell Theatre. It got triplexed in the late 70s and was then known as the Liberty 3 Cinemas.
Architect: Julian.T. Zeller
Seating: Originally announced as 1,800. Later the count was 1,380.
Status: The building was demolished in the late 80s after sustaining damage in the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake.
More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Alcazar, which they list as the Liberty 3, for some good research by Ken McIntyre, Joe Vogel and others.
A 1981 look at the Alcazar in its Liberty 3 days.
The shot above also appears
A 1983 entrance detail.
The 1931 photo also appears on page 116 of the
Arcadia Publishing book "Theatres in Los Angeles."
A proscenium view taken after the 1944 fire.
A look at the Alcazar's auditorium
in 1945 after the redecorating.
"Keep Your Powder Dry" with Lana Turner
and Laraine Day is the attraction on the
marquee in this 1945 shot.
Note the much earlier sign on the side of the building
advertising "The Home of Talking Pictures...Movietone
Vitaphone Sound Features, Acts and News..."
A closer look at the entrance during
the run of "Keep Your Powder Dry."