Esquire Theatre

2670 E. Colorado Blvd.    | map

Los Angeles, CA   91107

Opened: 1964 by Laemmle Theatres as a first run art house.

Architect: It was a conversion of a space that had been a restaurant.  Motion picture art director Eugene Lourie designed the interior and exterior aspects of the remodel.

Cinema Treasures researcher Joe Vogel cites a Boxoffice article listing several interesting features including a wheelchair platform and a row of seats wired for hard-of-hearing patrons.

Seating: 525

Status: The Esquire closed in 1999. It was converted into a Washington Mutual branch in 2004. It's now a Chase branch.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page for more data and recollections.

The Cinema Tour page has a 2003 Ken Roe photo and a 1997 one from Scott Neff.

The Esquire Theatre is discussed in Matt Hormann's Hometown Pasadena article "Ghost Theatres of Colorado (Part 2 of 2)."

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A 1997 view of the theatre by Marcel. It's on the
Cinema Treasures page devoted to the Esquire.
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Historic Pasadena Theatres -- Laemmle's Esquire Theatre on Colorado Blvd.

A view of the theatre in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

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A view of the Esquire facade after the theatre's closing.
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