Del Mar Theatre

5036 W. Pico Blvd.    | map

Los Angeles, CA   90019

Opened: April, 1939. 

Marleen Rubin Capell, the daughter of the owner, Herman Rubin, notes was the "Mar" in the theatre's name. Marlene was born in 1932 and was named for Marlene Deitrich, who was famous at the time for "Blue Angel" (1930).

Marleen notes: "They charged about 7 cents for kids.  They showed a cartoon, full length movie, a western (because I told my Dad I wanted a western) and a serial and probably a newsreel. There was a drawing at intermission for large cans of popcorn and 6 paks of soda.  My cousins also went every Saturday.  i remember going up on the stage to draw the winning tickets.  When we left everyone received a free Abazaba Bar."

Architect:   Not known. The building was converted into a theatre from a furniture store.

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!

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page for a few stories about the Del Mar.  Cinema Tour has a 2002 Bob Meza photo of the facade prior to restoration work.

Another look at the Del Mar Theatre facade.
photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009

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A detail of the marquee.
photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009

The terrazzo at the Del Mar.
photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009

These views are part of Michelle's "Theatres - California"
set on Flicker. Also see her "Theatre" page on Flickr for a
 listing of other sets detailing her explorations.
Thanks, Michelle!

    Waltarrrrr on Flickr

Looking west on Pico toward the Del Mar
as seen in 2007 by the
Thanks, Waltarrrr!

A view of the Del Mar Theatre in 2010.
photo: Bill Counter

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A 2009 night view.
photo: Mark Peacock

See the large view in Mark's Flickr album. Visit his
Vintage Theatres photo set for lots more great work.
Also visit his blog: On the Road With Mark Peacock

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A nice view of the Del Mar vertical in 2009
Corey Miller's photo appears in his
 "Theatre Signs" set. full size view

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A view of the former auditorium space on
Puget Sound's Facebook album. 
full size view

Looking back toward the booth. 
full size view

Also in the album:

| owner Joe Milner at the console |
night marquee detail |