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.
Status: The Esquire closed in 1999. It was converted into a Washington Mutual branch in 2004. It's now a Chase branch.
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)."
A view of the theatre in 2010.
photo: Bill Counter
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