California Theatre - Glendale


341 N. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   91203


Opened: 1928. The building also housed the California Hotel.

In the 40s the California was being operated by Fox West Coast.

Architect:  Unknown

Seating: 772

Status: Demolished - there's a Bank of America branch on the site. Date of closing is unknown.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the California for what little is known about this building.



    California State Library    

www.library.ca.gov



A c.1929 view toward the rear of the house
from the Mott-Merge Collection at the State Library.
 full size view



Another look toward the rear with
more of the ceiling visible.
 full size view



At the rear of the balcony.
full size view




The proscenium from the rear of the main floor.
Note the organ console in the pit.
full size view




A Mott-Merge look at the lobby.
full size view


Also in the collection:
carpet and seat detail  |  another lobby view  |










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    L.A. Public Library Collection   

www.lapl.org



An undated view looking north on Brand
toward the California.

The Library's caption reads: "The Lexington
Hotel and Hotel California are the two large buildings
across the street. White building on the left belongs
to the Glendale News- Press."



A December 11,1937 view with Brand Blvd.
 all decked out for Christmas. The California
Theatre signage is lit up at the right.
 It's a Herald Examiner photo.
full size view



A detail from the LAPL image above.



    Oviatt Library - CSUN   

digital-library.csun.edu



A detail from a 1935 view from the Oviatt Library
 at Cal State Northridge. We're running "Dark Angel."
full size view



    Vintage Los Angeles    

www.facebook.com/VintageLosAngeles



A 1952 look at the California Theatre and the
Hotel California that appeared on Vintage Los Angeles.
 .
The photo, by Glenn B. Ward Commercial Photography,
 has vanished from VLA -- glad we saved a copy.
 full size view

The California is playing "Come Back Little
Sheba." The smaller Lexington Hotel building
 south of the theatre still survives.
 

The photo also appears on Ethereal Reality''s
Noirish Los Angeles post #10305.