Palms Theatre

3751 Motor Ave.     | map

Los Angeles, CA 90034

Opened: Around 1928. In its later years it was an independent neighborhood sub-run house with many loyal customers.  Nearby were the Culver Theatre and the Meralta.

Seating: 599

The Palms in the Movies: Veteran projectionist Mike Schleigel advises that we get to see the Palms Theatre in "All Hands On Deck" (20th Century Fox, 1961).  He should know: it was one of his favorite theatres to work in for years. The film, directed by Norman Taurog, is a musical starring Pat Boone, Buddy Hackett, Barbara Eden and Dennis O'Keefe.

Status: Demolished in the late 80s -- there's now a post office on the site.

More information:  See the Cinema Treasures page on the Palms Theatre for lots of stories by patrons who miss the place.

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    L.A. Public Library Collection

It's uncertain what the ghost images are all about but the
underlying view of the Palms shows the theatre running
 "Love" with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, a version
 of "Anna Karenina" released by MGM in 1928.
 full size view

A 1985 shot of manager Don Nakagiri at the
Palms by Chris Gulker for the Herald Examiner.
 full size view

The Palms Theatre in 1954.

photo: Mark Smith collection

Thanks, Mark!

    Theatres in Los Angeles   

by Suzanne Tarbell
 Cooper, Amy Ronnebeck Hall and Marc Wanamaker.
Arcadia Publishing, 2008. | google books preview

A 1928 photo, without the added collage of the LAPL
version. It's on page 98 of "Theatres in Los Angeles."

The photo above also appears as a
post on Photos of Los Angeles.

A 1938 look at the theatre's
 facade is featured on page 99.
full size view | on Google Books

The photo can also be seen on Classic Hollywood,
Photos of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Theatres
Facebook pages.

The theatre in 1960 running "Psycho."
full size view | on Google Books

The 1960 view is also on Classic Hollywood,
Photos of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Theatres
Facebook pages. There's also a cropped version (and
 a re-post) on Photos of Los Angeles.