Pico Boulevard Theatres






Welcome to the Pico
Boulevard
Theatre Tour!



Well, maybe Pico isn't the Street of Dreams but it
sure had a lot of theatres over the years. Here you get
 profiles of the many theatres once on the street with
links to separate pages for some of them.

Many of the buildings are still there but The
Landmark is the only operating movie theatre on Pico

-- Bill Counter



If you're looking for theatres between Pico and
 Wilshire Boulevard. try our Wilshire Theatres site.




    Pico Blvd. theatres by address    


[ As you move down the list you're headed
east from the westside toward downtown. Even numbers
are on the south side of the street, odd on the north ]


Bundy Theatre
3141 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica


<< The 10 >>


Picwood Theatre
10872 W. Pico Blvd. 
 

Pico Drive In
10850 Pico Blvd. @ Westwood


The Landmark
10850 W. Pico Blvd. 


Westside Pavilion Cinemas
10800 W. Pico Blvd. 


<< Westwood Blvd. >>


Westland Twins
10754 W. Pico Blvd. 


Fox Stadium
8906 W. Pico Blvd. 


Lido Theatre
8507 W. Pico Blvd.

<< La Cienega Blvd. >>


Picfair Theatre
5879 W. Pico Blvd. 


<< Fairfax Ave. >>


Theatre Theatre
5041 W. Pico Blvd.    


Del Mar Theatre
5036 W. Pico Blvd.


<< Crenshaw Blvd. >>


Forum Theatre
4050 W. Pico Blvd.  


Midway Theatre
3138 W. Pico Blvd.  


<< Western Ave. >>


Keystone Theatre
3064 W. Pico Blvd. 


Fedora Theatre
2698 W. Pico Blvd. 


Victoria Theatre
2570 W. Pico Blvd. 


Empire Theatre
2131 W. Pico Blvd.


Sunbeam Theatre
1408 W. Pico Blvd.  



<< The 110 >>


Pico Theatre
736 W. Pico Blvd.


Cinematour
W. Pico & Georgia  


Garden Theatre
E. Pico & San Pedro Streets






    Pico Blvd. alternate name list    


As the heading notes, this is just for theatres on Pico.
For other areas see the main alphabetical theatre list
and the LA theatres by street address page.


Bundy Theatre
3141 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

Cinematour
W. Pico & Georgia  

Del Mar Theatre
5036 W. Pico Blvd.

Empire Theatre
2131 W. Pico Blvd. 

Family Theatre see Fedora Theatre
2698 W. Pico Blvd. 

Fedora Theatre
2698 W. Pico Blvd. 

Fiesta Theatre see Empire Theatre
2131 W. Pico Blvd.

Forum Theatre
4050 W. Pico Blvd.  

Fox Bundy see Bundy Theatre
3141 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

Fox Stadium
8906 W. Pico Blvd.

Garden Theatre
E. Pico and San Pedro Streets

Goldwyn Cinemas see Westside Pavilion Cinemas
10800 W. Pico Blvd.  

Keystone Theatre
3064 W. Pico Blvd. 

Laemmle's Westland  see Westland Twins
10754 W. Pico Blvd.

Landmark, The
10850 W. Pico Blvd. 

Lido Theatre
8507 W. Pico Blvd.

Midway Theatre
3138 W. Pico Blvd.

Navarro Theatre see Pico Theatre
736 W. Pico Blvd.

New Family Theatre see Fedora Theatre
2698 W. Pico Blvd.  

New Pico Theatre see Pico Theatre
736 W. Pico Blvd.

New Star Theatre see Fedora Theatre
2698 W. Pico Blvd.

New West Pico Theatre see Pico Theatre
736 W. Pico Blvd.

Pavilion Cinemas see Westside Pavilion Cinemas
10800 W. Pico Blvd. 

Picfair Theatre
5879 W. Pico Blvd. 

Pico Theatre
736 W. Pico Blvd. @ Figueroa

Pico Drive In
10850 Pico Blvd. @ Westwood

Pico Grand Theatre see Sunbeam Theatre
1408 W. Pico Blvd.

Pico Heights Theatre see Fedora Theatre
2698 W. Pico Blvd. 

Picwood Theatre
10872 W. Pico Blvd. 

Rogue Machine Theatre see Theatre Theatre
5041 W. Pico Blvd.  

Samuel Goldwyn Cinemas see Westside Pavilion Cinemas
10800 W. Pico Blvd. 

Stadium Theatre see Fox Stadium
8906 W. Pico Blvd.

Star Theatre see Fedora Theatre
2698 W. Pico Blvd.

Sun Theatre see Sunbeam Theatre
1408 W. Pico Blvd.

Sunbeam Theatre
1408 W. Pico Blvd.

The Landmark
10850 W. Pico Blvd. 

Theatre Theatre
5041 W. Pico Blvd.  

Victoria Theatre
2570 W. Pico Blvd. 

Warner Bros. Forum see Forum Theatre
4050 W. Pico Blvd. 

West Pico Theatre see Pico Theatre
736 W. Pico Blvd.

Westland Twins
10754 W. Pico Blvd.

Westside Pavilion Cinemas
10800 W. Pico Blvd. 


Not accounted for:
There's a Chic Theatre on W. Pico Blvd.
listed by Cinema Tour but there's no other data.








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Bundy Theatre

3414 Pico Blvd. (at Centinela)  | map

Santa Monica, CA   90405

Opened: 1941

Architect: S. Charles Lee designed the house for George Bourke and M.E. Baylis. The theatre's name came from the location west of Bundy Blvd.

In the 40s the theatre was open until 5 am to cater to late workers at the nearby aircraft plants.  The Bundy was operated by Fox West Coast and its successor, National General Corporation. 

Seating: 900

Status: The theatre closed in January 1963. It was demolished in 1964 or 65 -- the site is now under the I-10.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Bundy for lots of comments by Bill Gabel and other contributors.

    Library of Congress    

memory.loc.gov/ammem/index


A 1943 look at the Bundy from the Library
of Congress. It's a photo by Ann Rosener
 for the Farm Security Administration.

The photo, apparently the only surviving view, also appears on the
Mid Century Modern Facebook page as a post by Michael Snider.
 A nice version also appeared on Photos of Los Angeles.

Cinematour

W. Pico Blvd. & Georgia  | map

Los Angeles, CA   90015

Dates: All that is known is that it was running in 1923. Ken McIntyre found a Los Angeles Times ad:


Status: Demolished. This area is now all part of the Convention Center.

More information:  This one gets mentioned on the Cinema Treasures page for the Pico Theatre but it's evidently a different location.

Del Mar Theatre

5036 W. Pico Blvd.  | map

Los Angeles, CA   90019

Opened: April, 1939

Seating: 600

Status: It's been closed since the 80s.  After a spell as a church, the building sat vacant for years.

The floor has been leveled and it now is used by Puget Sound, Inc. as a studio specializing in post production audio work.  | Puget Sound on Facebook  |

Joe Milner, the owner of Puget Sound, restored the marquee and vertical neon which are on view nightly.  With help from the city's Pico Revitalization Project the firm also repainted the facade and did refurbishment on the showcases.  Bravo!  The photo here is one from 2010.

More Information: See our page on the Del Mar Theatre.

Empire Theatre

https://sites.google.com/site/lamoviepalaces/pico/Empire-Google-09.jpg
2131 W. Pico Blvd.
(between Alvarado and Hoover)
   | map

Los Angeles, CA   90006

Opened: 1914 or 1915. In the 1915 city directory it's listed under theatres as Cate & Swann at 2127 W. Pico.

In the 1917, 1918 and 1921 directories the address is 2131 W. Pico. The listing as the Empire Theatre in the 1922, 1923 and 1929 directories is with the address as 2129 W. Pico. In 1926 and 1927 it's back to 2131.

In the mid 60s the theatre became the Fiesta Theatre and was running films and occasional live performances under that name into the mid 80s. The venue later got religion with a church as the tenant.  The 2009 photo above is from Google Maps. Click on it to enlarge or head to their current interactive view.

Architect: Unknown

Seating: 650

Status: The building survives and is currently in use as a church with retail in the spaces on either side of the lobby. The rear of the Empire is at center in this 2011 Google shot. full size view

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Empire for research by Bill Gabel and other contributors.  Joe Vogel notes that the building dates from 1914 with a possible expansion or major renovation in 1922.

    Cinema Treasures   

cinematreasures.org/theaters/1420



A 1962 look at the Empire's facade from the Bill
Gabel collection. The feature is "The World's Greatest
 Sinner" written by, directed by and starring Timothy Carey.
 full size view

    USC Archives   



A 1928 Dick Whittington photo looking east
 on Pico from Hoover. The Empire is on the left. 
full size view



A detail from the Dick Whittington photo above. Note
 that that the extra height of the facade we see here
got sheared off sometime in the theatre's later years.
larger view

Fedora Theatre

2698 W. Pico Blvd. @ Fedora   

Los Angeles, CA   90006    | map |

Opened: 1913 or earlier. It's in the 1913 city directory it's the Pico Heights Theatre at 2698 W. Pico. In the 1914 city directory the address is listed as 2696  W. Pico.

In the 1915 city directory it's called the Family Theatre (at 2698). It's the New Family in 1918, 1919 and 1922 directories. In the 1921 and 1923 directories it's the Fedora Theatre. In the 1926 city directory it's called the Star Theatre. It was called the New Star Theatre in the 1927 directory.  It's not in the 1929 directory. Closing date is unknown.

Status:
The building still exists and dates from 1905. It's been converted to retail use, a "Discount Center."

The upper photo is a 2011 Google Maps view. The lower photo, a side view on Fedora St., is also a Google 2011 image. Click on either photo to enlarge or head to the current interactive version.

Forum Theatre

4050 W. Pico Blvd.  map

Los Angeles, CA  90019

Opened: May 14, 1924 as an independent. It soon became the Warner Bros. Forum Theatre.

The Forum closed prior to 1955 but was used as offices and a test house for Cinerama through the early 70's.

Architect: Edward J. Borgmeyer

Seating: 1766

Status: It's been a Korean church since the late 70's. The original auditorium ceiling is obscured with a dropped ceiling and murals have either been painted over or covered. The photo here is from 2010.

More Information: See our Forum Theatre page.

Fox Stadium Theatre

8906 W.  Pico Blvd.  | map | 

Los Angeles
, CA  90035  

Architect: Boller Bros.

Opened: 1930. It was built for and operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. The rear of the auditorium was with stadium-style seating, a rarity at the time.  The photo is from 2010.

Seating: 1172

Status: It's been a synagogue since 1964. The exterior was rehabilitated in 2004.

More Information: See our page on the Fox Stadium Theatre.

Garden Theatre

E. Pico & San Pedro Sts.  | map

Los Angeles, CA   90015

Dates: It's in the 1914 city directory as at 1223 S. San Pedro. In the 1915 and 1916 city directories the address is listed as 1221 S. San Pedro

Status:  Closing date is unknown. It's been demolished and is now a parking lot.

Keystone Theatre

3064 W. Pico Blvd. 
| map
Los Angeles, CA   90006

Dates: The Keystone Theatre is listed in the 1916 and 1917 city directories. It's not listed in the 1915 or 1923 editions.

The L.A. Department of City Planning dates the building as being constructed in 1914. The photo is a 2011 Google Maps view looking west on Pico toward the theatre building. Click on it to enlarge or head to the current interactive version.



A closer look at the Keystone's typical nickelodeon style
 arched entrance in another 2011 Google Maps view.
larger view

Status: Closing date as a theatre is unknown. It's been remodeled into retail space.

The Landmark

10850 W. Pico Blvd. @ Westwood






Los Angeles, CA 90064    | map |

(310) 470-0492

Website: www.landmarktheatres.com

Opened:
2007. It's a 12 screen complex with 2000 seats total. It's a first run venue operated by Landmark Theatres. This replaced the Westside Pavilion Cinemas, an earlier four screen complex in the mall. The lobby shot is from 2007 -- click on it for a larger view.

More information:  See the Cinema Treasures page on The Landmark.

Lido Theatre

8507 W. Pico Blvd.  (west of La Cienega)    | map

Los Angeles, CA   90035

Opened: 1937. For years it was operated by National General and, later, Mann Theatres. It had a good run as an art venue, a revival house and, at the end, was a bargain theatre.

Architect:  Clifford A. Balch          Seating: 880

Status: Demolished in 1979. It's now a parking lot for Bank of America.

More information: See the page on the Lido Theatre for more photos.

    Los Angeles Theatres   

A 1961 view added to our Los Angeles Theatres
Facebook album by Bruce Kimmel. The Lido is running
"The Mark" and Sophia Loren in "Two Women."
full size view

Midway Theatre

3138 W. Pico Blvd. 
| map
Los Angeles, CA   90019

Opened: 1939. This stretch of Pico is part of the area known as Harvard Heights. The theatre building is a block west of Western.

This independent house was constructed by Lou Berkoff, owner of the La Tosca, according to a Boxoffice article located by Joe Vogel.
Hadabob on Cinema Treasures has a lovely description of the theatre:

"The Midway Theatre was built in 1938. It was part of a complex that included a Safeway Market and a small cafe. The original seating was 525 if my memory is correct. It was similar in interior design to that of many small “c” theatres of this era in Los Angeles. ( i.e., the Sherman, Nuart, and the neighboring Victoria Theatre.) The interior was very similar to the Sherman in Sherman Oaks as both theatres were very similar in size and both shared simple murals to each side of the proscenium. The Midway’s murals were of two deer – one at each side which appear to jump and two trees on each side at the back of each deer. The background color was beige.

The ceiling was orange with a 20" raised plaster band (grey) that circled the auditorium. The walls were sound absorbing material which were orange in color. Each section was separated by a concrete reinforced column, which was plaster-coated and painted burgundy with a tree in the center, which was painted gold, running from top to bottom. The carpeting was black wool with typical Art Deco bands. The seats were burgundy with gold deco bands on the isles. Originally, the lobby was the same color scheme. The restrooms were upstairs. The booth was in front and a terrazo floor greeted the patrons. Purple glass was under all the lobby posters."

Seating: 609

Status: Closed in 1965 and then used as a warehouse. The marquee was removed but the inside was essentially unchanged. It got gutted in 2000 for retail space.  The photo is a 2010 Google Maps view. Click on it to enlarge or head to the current interactive view.

More information: See The Cinema Treasures page on the Midway.

Picfair Theatre

5879 W. Pico Blvd.  (just west of Fairfax)  | map

Los Angeles, CA   90019

Opened: 1941. It opened as an an independent house. Statewide Theatres, Century, Loew's and General Cinema also operated the house for a spell in the 60s.  In the early 80s it was running Indian films.

Seating: 750

Status: Demolished. By 1985 it had closed to become an appliance store. It got torched in the 1992 riots and was finally demolished in 1995.

More information: See the page on the Picfair Theatre.

    Atomic Hot Links on Flickr   



A look at the Picfair after the 1992 riots by
Atomic Hot Links. It's part of his Shoot & Loot set.
full size view

Pico Theatre

736 W.  Pico Blvd.     | map | 

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Dates: Opened c.1912. It's listed in the city directories as the Navarro Theatre from 1914 through 1918.  The address is sometimes listed as at 738 -- such as in the 1917 and 1918 directories.

In the 1922, 1923, 1927 and 1929 city directories it's called the Pico Theatre. In 1925 it was listed as the New West Pico Theatre.  In 1926 it's the New Pico Theatre.  Then it's back to being the Pico Theatre. It's still listed in the 1936 directory.

Seating: 525

Status: Closing date is unknown. Now demolished. This site just west of Figueroa is now part of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Pico Theatre for everything that is known about the building.  Which, sadly, isn't much.

    Worthpoint    

www.worthpoint.com



This c.1912 card of the theatre as the Navarro (with
the name across the entrance arch) is the only photo
to surface so far. It was on eBay in 2009. Thanks to
Joe Vogel on Cinema Treasures for spotting it.

Worthpoint notes that we're seeing: ".. a large group gathered outside the Navarro Theatre on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles around 1914. A large banner in front reads: 'WE SHOW THE BEST - MARY PICKFORD, The Sweetheart of the Stories in Lena and the Geese.' A picture banner hangs below that. A photo finishing studio can be seen next to the theatre, most likely the studio that took the photo with the credit "F.E. Parret, 738 W. Pico" written in negative.  "Lena and the Geese" was a June 1912 release.

Pico Drive In

10850 W. Pico Blvd. @ Westwood  | map

Los Angeles, CA   90064

Opened: 1934 -- the first drive-in in California. It moved to Olympic Blvd in the 40s and was renamed the Olympic Drive-In

Status: Demolished. The Westside Pavilion shopping mall is on the site.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures pages on the Pico Drive In and the Olympic Drive In.  Huntington Digital Library has 1934 views of cars at the entrance, a shot looking toward the screen, and a screen tower view. Photos of Los Angeles has another screen tower photo. 

    Mid Century Modern   



An early look at the Pico's screen tower added to the
 Mid Century Modern collection by Michael Snider. 
full size view | on the MCM page

Picwood Theatre

10872 W. Pico Blvd. @ Westwood   | map

Los Angeles, CA 90403

Opened: 1948 

Architect: S. Charles Lee     Seating: 1100 originally, later reseated for 950. 

Status: Run until 1985 by Pacific Theatres, often with exclusive runs. Demolished in 1985 to make way for the Westside Pavilions Mall.

More Information: See our page on the Picwood Theatre.

    Online Archive of California   

www.oac.cdlib.org  


A view toward the screen.
 full size image

Sunbeam Theatre

1408 W. Pico Blvd.   | map

Los Angeles, CA   90015

Opened:  1912 or 1913. It's in the 1913 and 1914 city directories as the Pico Grand. In the 1915 through 1923 city directories it's the Sunbeam Theatre. The photo is a 2011 view from Google Maps looking east toward Albany St. Click on it to enlarge or head to the current interactive version.

In 1927, 29, 32, 36, 42 editions it's the Sun Theatre.  Ken McIntyre reports on Cinema Treasures that it was listed in the L.A. Times in July 1952 -- but as closed. The 1956 directory lists nothing at 1408.

Seating:
423

Status:  The building, which dates from 1912, still exists but has been remodeled. It's now used as a church.

This photo is a 2011 Google Maps view looking east in the alley from Valencia St. The brick building at the center is the back of the Sunbeam Theatre -- click on the photo for a larger view.

More information:  See the Cinema Treasures page on the Sun Theatre.

Theatre Theatre

5041 W. Pico Blvd.  | map

Los Angeles, CA   90019

855-585-5185

Website: roguemachinetheatre.com

This is a small legit venue. The photo is a 2011 Google Maps view. Click on it to enlarge or head to Google for the interactive version.

Victoria Theatre

https://sites.google.com/site/lamoviepalaces/pico/Victoria-Google-11-1.jpg
2570 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90006
| map

Opened: 1914 or earlier. It's in the city directories from 1914 onward. In the 1921 directory the address is given as at "Pico sw cor Berendo." The theatre gets listed in a 1923 ad listing those venues playing Paramount pictures.  It's unknown when the theatre closed as a movie theatre. It's in the 1942 city directory but not the 1956 edition.  The photo is a 2011 Google Maps view.  Click on it to enlarge or head to the current interactive version.

Hadabob on Cinema Treasures reports that the theatre got an extensive remodel when it was turned into a ballroom and meeting hall, most likely in the 60s. It was used for occasional concerts as late as 1981. 

Seating: 700

The Victoria in the Movies:


The theatre appears in the blaxploitation film "Petey
 Wheatstraw" (Generation International Pictures, 1977)
 with Rudy Ray Moore. No, you don't need to watch it.



A night view from "Petey Wheatstraw."



The auditorium as seen in "Petey Wheatstraw."
 The floor had been leveled for use as a
 ballroom and catering hall.
The Victoria Theatre sequence of "Petey" on is YouTube.
Thanks to Sean Ault for finding it. Sean also notes that we stroll
by the Victoria during a long walk down this stretch of Pico
on the "Massive Attack - Unfinished Symphony" video.

Status:
The Victoria has now been gutted for use as retail space. It was a mattress store for years. It's now a market. The photo here of the rear of the building is a 2011 Google Maps view looking north on Berendo toward Pico -- click on it to enlarge.


More information:  See the Cinema Treasures page on the Victoria. Cinema Tour  has a page with a 2002 exterior photo.  Martin has a facade view on You Are Here. Ken McIntyre has a 2007 shot on Photos of Los Angeles.

Westland Twins

10754 W. Pico Blvd.  | map

Los Angeles, CA   90064

Opened: Mid 70s. This theatre two blocks east of Westwood Blvd. was operated by Laemmle Theatres. Originally a second run operation, it later evolved into an art house.  Bill Gabel notes on Cinema Treasures that the theatre was a conversion from a restaurant.  The decor was drapes all around.

Status: Demolished in 1987 or 1988.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Westland Twins.

Westside Pavilion Cinemas

10800 W. Pico Blvd. @ Westwood






Los Angeles, CA 90064  | map |

This was a four screen complex operated by Landmark Theatres that opened as the Samuel Goldwyn Cinemas.

Status: Demolished. This venue got replaced by The Landmark, a much larger complex that opened in 2007.