Crown Theatre

342 / 504 Santa Monica Blvd.   | map -- approximate |

Sawtelle (Los Angeles), CA  90025

Dates: The Crown Theatre operated from about 1915 until about 1925.

It's listed in the 1919-20 city directory as being at 504 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle. W.R. Swickard is listed as the proprietor. The 504 number indicates that the building was just east of 6th Street (now renamed).

The theatre was in a building known variously as Masonic Hall,  the Barker Building or Barker Block.  In addition to the Masons, other tenants included the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Foresters and other similar organizations. 

In the 1923/24 Santa Monica directory the theatre is listed as at 342
Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle.  The other tenants were at 342 1/2 indicating (perhaps) that the theatre was the main floor tenant with the others upstairs.  The nearest street going west in 23/24 was Mobile -- now possibly called Perdue..

Until 1922, the Sawtelle district was a separate town east of Santa Monica. It had its own street numbering system prior to being absorbed into Los Angeles. Over the years there were changes in both street numbers as well as giving names to what had formerly been many numbered streets.

The two addresses for the Crown are the same location -- even prior to adopting L.A. numbering along Santa Monica Blvd., there were some number changes. 

It appears that the site would be between Corinth and Perdue. -- perhaps in the vicinity of 11380 by the current address system.

Status: Demolished.

More Information: 

See the Cinema Treasures pages for 502 Santa Monica Blvd. and  342 Santa Monica Blvd. but note that they list these as Santa Monica addresses rather than as Sawtelle.

The Arcadia Publications book on Sawtelle can be previewed on Google Books. 

Wikipedia has an article on Sawtelle history.

Other Sawtelle Theatres:

Another early theatre in Sawtelle was the National, at 208 N. 4th. It's listed in the 1913 and 1914 Los Angeles and Santa Monica city directories.  The address was about two blocks north of Santa Monica Blvd. Sawtelle Blvd. is the new name for what used to be called be 4th St.

An early postcard view of Sawtelle
from the Los Angeles Times. 
larger view

Foster Jackson is listed as manager of the National in the Santa Monica directory.
  In the  1919/20 Santa Monica directory there's no listing at all for 208 N. 4th.

Later theatres in Sawtelle include the Royal (former Tivoli) at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. and the Nuart at 11272 Santa Monica Blvd.

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This seems to be our theatre building. Note
 the posters on display in the arch on the left.
  full size view | on the Art site
| image information

More on Sawtelle Streets:

It appears that the numbered streets in Sawtelle may have been
renamed several times.
  The 1923 Los Angeles city directory
has some interesting names to peruse concerning streets crossing
Santa Monica Blvd. in Sawtelle.

In 1929 this was the street lineup:

ere are some guesses so far:

Going west--

?                            >> in 23: Military 100          >> in 29: Sepulveda 11160 ?

earlier: 1st St.?       >> in 23: Shiloh  150         >> in 29: Pontius   11150 ?

earlier: 2nd St.?     >> in 23: Antietam 200       >> in 29: Cotner  11200 ?

earlier: 3rd St. ?      >>  in 23: Petersburg  300  >> in 29: Beloit  11250 ?

earlier: 4th  St.        >>  in 23: Sawtelle 400      >> in 29: Sawtelle  11300

earlier: 5th St.        >> in 23: Corinth 500         >> in 29: Corinth  11334
   [ Crown Theatre just east of 6th ]

earlier: 6th St.      >>  in 23: Mobile 600         >> in 29: Perdue  11400

?                          >> in 23: Chickamauga      >>  in 29: Butler  11500

                            >> in 23: Gettysburg          >>  in 29: Colby 11550

                             >> in 23: Federal 800       >> in 29: Federal 11600

The present numbering along Santa Monica Blvd. was instituted in 1926 or earlier -- it appears in that directory.