Historic Neighborhood Theatres all around Los Angeles


Los Angeles got lots of interesting movie palaces outside of the 3
historic theatre districts of Downtown, Hollywood and Wilshire (a very
long, stretched out district) during the 1920's and into the 1930's.

An amazingly diverse range of styles included art deco
(the Warner Grand is great!), Spanish revival (of course) and
Roman imperial (the Forum).

All of the studios were interested in having opulent venues in
the neighborhoods to show off their movies to the greatest
advantage. Sometimes they made booking arrangements with
other studios or circuits, sometimes they built their own palaces. 

I've gathered information on just a few of my
favorite historic Los Angeles theatres on this site.
And a few in surrounding communities.

The criteria for inclusion here have been somewhat random. 
Of course there's the idea that the buildings of greatest architectural
interest should be included. But I've also given weight to those
that are just survivors -- still running movies after many of
their competitors have dropped. 

Of the ones that have vanished, some have merited inclusion
on this site due to location, sometimes the availability of historic
photos or, occasionally, just curiosity on my part.

Let me know if I've missed your favorites and I'll get back to
work and try to do something about it. If you're looking for the major
venues along Wilshire, in Hollywood or in Downtown Los Angeles
you won't find them here. See the links at the top of the
page to view the 3 separate sites for those areas. 

The mission here is humble. Simply to point you in the
direction of those websites and archives that have all the information
and interesting photos concerning these historic theatres.

--- Bill Counter



 
Los Angeles Historic Theaters:

[ some saved, some endangered,
some that have vanished ]


    L.A. Art Deco Wonders   


On this site:




Warner Huntington Park

Warner San Pedro


On the main Los Angeles Theatres site:

On the Wilshire Theatres site:

 
On the Wilshire Theatres site:

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium


    Alhambra    


Alhambra Theatre

Capri Theatre

Garfield Theatre

El Rey Theatre

Superba Theatre



    Arcadia    


Santa Anita / Cinemaland



    Atwater Village    


Atwater Theatre



    Azusa    


Azusa / State / Village Theatre

Liberty Theatre



    Baldwin Hills    





    Beverly Blvd.   


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.




    Beverly Hills    


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.



    Brentwood    


See the Westwood and Brentwood Theatres
section on the main Los Angeles Theatres website.




    Broadway   


Cinemaland Theatre

Daly Theatre

Federal Theatre

Starland Theatre

See the Broadway page of the
Downtown Theatres site for theatres
on Broadway downtown.



See the San Fernando Valley
page for more listings.




    Catalina Island   


Avalon Theatre

Strand / Riviera Theatre



    S. Central Ave.    


Florence Mills Theatre



    Century City    


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.




    Chinatown    


Cinemaland Theatre

Kim Sing Theatre

King Hing Theatre

On our Downtown Theatres site:

Chinese Theatre

Cineograph / Chinese

Fuji Kan Theatre

Linda Lea Theatre

Mandarin Theatre



    City Terrace    


   City Terrace Cinema



    Compton    





    Covina    


Covina Theatre



    Crenshaw Blvd.    


Crenshaw / Kokusai Theatre

Gardena Cinema



    Culver City   


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.




    Downey    





 
See the
Downtown Theatres

site for many more listings.



    Eagle Rock    


Eagle Theatre

Sierra Theatre



    East Los Angeles    

 
Also see the
North of Downtown page
for El Sereno, Elysian Park
and Lincoln Heights listings.




    Echo Park    


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.



    El Monte    


El Monte Theatre

Rialto / Valley Theatre

Tumbleweed Theatre



    El Segundo    


Old Town Music Hall




    El Sereno    


Cameo Theatre

El Sereno ? Theatre

Mazatlan Theatre



    Elysian Park    


Knightsbridge Theatre



    Fairfax   


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.




    Figueroa St.    


Fox Arroyo Theatre

Fox Figueroa Theatre

Franklin Theatre

Highland Theatre

Highland Park Theatre




    Gardena    


Gardena Cinema



    Glassell Park    


Division Theatre

Glassell Theatre



    Glendale    


See the Hollywood section on
the main Los Angeles Theatres site.



    Huntington Park    


California Theatre

Huntington Theatre

Lyric Theatre

Park Theatre





    Imperial Highway    


Imperial Theatre

Rio Theatre

Southside Theatre



    Inglewood    



Academy Theatre

Arcade Theatre

Balboa Theatre / Pan Andreas

Fox Inglewood

Granada Theatre

Imperial Theatre

Inglewood Theatre

Ritz Theatre

United Artists



    La Brea Ave.    

 

On the main
Los Angeles Theatres site:


Gordon / Showcase Theatre

On the Wilshire
Theatres site:


Fox La Brea



    La Cienega Blvd.   


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.





    Lakewood    


Lakewood Theatre



    La Puente    


Star Theatre



    Larchmont    


Larchmont Theatre




    Leimert Park    

 
Leimert / Vision Theatre




    Lincoln Heights    


Daly Theatre

Federal Theatre

San Carlos Theatre

Starland Theatre



    Long Beach    


Art Theatre

Atlantic Theatre

Cabart Theatre

Fox Belmont

Fox Long Beach/Mission

Crest Theatre

Ebell Theatre

Egyptian Theatre

Imperial Theatre

LaShell Theatre

Municipal Auditorium

Palace Theatre

Rialto Theatre

Roxy Theatre

State Theatre

Strand Theatre

Theatorium

Ritz / Tracy Theatre

United Artists Theatre

Victor Theatre

West Coast Theatre

See the
Long Beach Theatres

 page for more listings.



    Long Beach Blvd.    


Arden Theatre 

Lynwood Theatre

Tower Theatre

Vogue Theatre 



    Lynwood    


Arden Theatre 




    Los Feliz    


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.




     MacArthur Park    


On the Wilshire
Theatres site:


Westlake Theatre

Alvarado Theatre

See the MacArthur Park list
on the
Wilshire Theatres
site for more listings
.




    S. Main St.   


Chutes / Luna Park Theatre

Princess Theatre


For theatres on S. Main north of 18th St.
see our Downtown Theatres site.



    Manhattan Beach   


La Mar Theatre



    Melrose Ave.    

 

See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.




     Miracle Mile    


On the Wilshire
Theatres site:


Carthay Circle

El Rey Theatre

Four Star / Oasis

Fox La Brea Theatre

Fox Ritz Theatre

See the Miracle Mile list
on the
Wilshire Theatres
site for more listings
.



    Monrovia    


Elite Theatre

Lyric / Crest Theatre

Mission Theatre

Colonial / Monrovia Theatre






The spire of the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
Check out our Glendale Theatres section.

photo: Bill Counter



    Montebello     



    Monterey Park    





     Montrose    




     North Hollywood    





    North of Downtown    





    Ocean Park    


Dome Theatre

Rosemary Theatre

See the
Venice & Ocean Park
page
for information on
other Ocean Park theatres.




    Orange County    


Fox Fullerton



    Pacific Palisades   


Bay Theatre



    Palms    


Palms Theatre



    Pasadena   


Academy 6

Colorado Theatre

Esquire Theatre

Fox Pasadena


     Pico Blvd.    


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.





    San Gabriel    





Also see the section on
 Pasadena Theatres



    San Pedro    


 See the
San Pedro & Wilmington
page for many more listings



    San Pedro St.    


Castle Theatre



    Santa Monica    


On this site:

Bundy Theatre

Dome Theatre

Rosemary Theatre

See the Venice & Ocean Park page
 for more listings in Ocean Park.


See the Santa Monica Theatres section on
 the main Los Angeles theatres website for
downtown Santa Monica theatres.




    Santa Monica Blvd.    


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.


    Sawtelle   


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.


    Sepulveda Blvd.    





    Sierra Madre    





    Silver Lake    






 See the South and Southeast
page for more listings.



    South Gate    





    South Pasadena    


Rialto Theatre



    Spring St.    


King Hing Theatre

See the Spring St. Theatres page
of the Downtown Theatres site for
theatres on Spring downtown.




     Studio City    


Studio City Theatre



    Sun Valley   


Lankershim Theatre


    Sunset Blvd.    


See the Hollywood and Westside Theatres
sections of the main Los Angeles Theatres website.



    Temple St.    





    Torrance    





    USC - Exposition Park    





     Van Nuys    





    Venice    


Fox Venice Theatre

See the
Venice & Ocean Park Theatres
page
for information on:
California / Venice Theatre
Neptune Theatre
Venice Auditorium



    Vermont Ave.    


North of Pico:

See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.

South of Pico:




    Washington Blvd.   




     Watts    


Largo Theatre


    West Adams    





    West Hollywood    


See the Hollywood and Westside Theatres
sections of the main Los Angeles Theatres website.



    Westchester    






    Western Ave.    


North of Pico Blvd:

See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.



South of Pico Blvd:



    Westside    


See the Hollywood and Westside Theatres
sections of the main Los Angeles Theatres website.




    Westwood    


Whittier

See the
East Los Angeles Theatres

page for lots more listings
.



    Wilmington    

    Wilshire Blvd. Corridor    


See the Westside Theatres section of
the main Los Angeles Theatres website.

 


Note that there are separate sections here on this site for:

| north of downtown  | san fernando valley  |
|
glendale |  pasadena  | san gabriel valley  |
| east los angeles  | pico boulevard  |
| south and southeast
along the coast  |
|
venice and ocean park  |
|
san pedro and wilmington long beach  |


Visit the Los Angeles Theatres by Address page if you're
looking for a building at a particular address or just want
to see what theatres were on a certain street
.

The Alphabetical Theatre List gives you an index
of alternate names many of the theatre operated under.