Glendale Theatres



 Welcome to the Glendale Theatre Tour!


With Hollywood and Burbank close by, Glendale got its share
 of the Hollywood Preview action. Walt Disney liked to preview
 his product at the Alex Theatre, not too far from his studios.

However close Glendale was to the movie action, somehow
it remained an architectural backwater as far as the theatres were
concerned. There was the big guy in town, the Alex. Beyond that,
everything else was rather low key. Except for Fox West
Coast, we didn't see other studios building lavish
showcases in Glendale for their product.

It certainly wasn't for lack of business. Glendale theatres did a brisk,
very competitive, business. They drew customers not only from Glendale
but from way out in the San Fernando valley, an area seriously
under theatred as late as the 80s.

I've started with a few of the most interesting. Visit again soon and
some of the blanks will have been filled in. Do you have any photos
of Glendale Theatres? Send them along and I'll add them to the record.

For more information about theatres in Glendale see the
complete Cinema Treasures Glendale list. Also visit the page of
the Cinema Tour directory with the Glendale listings.

Also see the website for the Glendale Historical Society
and the history page on the City of Glendale website.
 The Valley Observed has a great page about street
names in the Valley.

Thanks for visiting!

-- Bill Counter



    Glendale Theatres Street by Street    



    4th St.   


Majestic Theatre
4th east of Brand
[ remodeled ]

4th was renamed
Broadway.



    Americana Way   


 Pacific's Glendale 18
 322 Americana Way
[ first run films ]


    Brand Blvd.   


you're moving farther south
as you scroll down

< west side  |  east side  >

<<  134 Freeway  >>



<<  Doran St.  >>


<< 1 block west
Glendale Cinemas
501 N. Orange St.
[ offices ]



<<  Milford St.  >>


Beyond the Star's Palace
417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd.
[ music club ]

<< 2 blocks west
Tuesday Afternoon Theatre
404 N. Central Ave.
[ demolished ]


<<  Lexington Dr.  >>


California Theatre
341 N. Brand Blvd.
[ demolished ]

<< 1 block west
Glendale Centre Theatre
324 N. Orange St.
[ family legit shows ]

<<  California Ave.  >>




Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd.
[ legit, concerts, films ]



<<  Wilson Ave.  >>


Palace Grand
131 N. Brand Blvd.
[ demolished ]

1 block east >>
MGN Five Star / Exchange
128 N. Maryland Ave.
[ first run films ]

1/2 block east >>
Majestic Theatre
115 E. Broadway
[ remodeled ]

<<  Broadway  >>
4 1/2 blocks east >>
Glendale Theatre - 1910
520 E. Broadway
[ demolished ]

1 block east >>
Hide Away
102 S. Maryland Ave.
[ demolished ]

Glendale Theatre
122 S. Brand Blvd.
[ demolished ]

Capitol Theatre
139 S. Brand Blvd.
[ demolished ]
Mann Marketplace 4
144 S. Brand Blvd.
[ first run films ]
<< 2 blocks west 
Pacific's Glendale 18
322 Americana Way
[ first run films ]

<<  Harvard St.  >>

Sands / Regency One
210 S. Brand Blvd.
[ banquet hall ]

<< 4 blocks west 
Hearthside Theatre
232 S. Pacific Ave.
[ demolished ]
Temple Theatre
234 S. Brand Blvd.
[ shop & storage ]



<<  Colorado St.  >>
7 blocks east >>
Bard's / Glen Theatre
1014 Colorado St.
[ banquet hall ]




<<  Elk Ave.  >>







<<  Lomita Ave.  >>







<<  Chestnut St.  >>







<<  Maple Ave.  >>


Cosmo Theatre
730 S. Brand Blvd.
[ demolished ]

Vogue Theatre
735 S. Brand Blvd.
[ Nissan dealership ]


<<  Windsor Ave.  >>

v v  10 blocks farther south v v
Gateway Theatre
3731 S. San Fernando Rd.
( near intersection of Brand)
[ demolished ]



[ end of Brand Blvd. listings ]



    Broadway   


Majestic Theatre
115 E. Broadway
also referred to as: 4th St. east of Brand
[ remodeled -- address before
renumbering: 1105 W. Broadway ]


Glendale Theatre - 1910

520 E. Broadway
[
demolished --  address before
renumbering: 702-04 W. Broadway]



    Central Ave   


Tuesday Afternoon Theatre

aka Show Stop, Arcade, Villa Glen
404 N. Central Ave.
[ demolished ]

 Pacific's Glendale 18
 S. Central Ave at Americana Way
[ first run films ]



    Colorado St.   


Glendale Centre Theatre
  418 Colorado St.
[ family legit - demolished ]

 Bard's / Glen Theatre
 1014 Colorado St.
[ banquet hall ]


    Doran St.   


Glendale Centre Theatre

  113 W. Doran St.
[ family legit - demolished ]



    Maryland Ave.   


  MGN Five Star / Exchange
 128 N. Maryland Ave.
[ first run films ]

Hide Away
102 S. Maryland Ave.
[ demolished ]



    Orange St.   


Glendale Cinemas
501 N. Orange St.
[ offices ]

Glendale Centre Theatre
324 N. Orange St.
[ family legit shows ]



    Pacific Ave.   


Hearthside Theatre
232 S. Pacific Ave.
[ demolished ]


    San Fernando Rd.   


Gateway Theatre
3731 S. San Fernando Rd.
[ demolished ]


    Verdugo Rd.   


Glendale Civic Auditorium

  1401 N. Verdugo Rd.
[ various events ]






Glendale Street renaming: 

George Ellison of the Glendale Public Library
Special Collections room notes:

 "In the original platting of Glendale in 1887, the east-west streets
were numbered. The north-south streets were lettered. The change
over happened over a period of years.

 It is interesting that the street at the western edge of the little
 town was called Central. The “center” of the little town was Wilson
 (Third Street) and Glendale Avenue. With growth and annexations,
the center was changed to Broadway and Brand. The numbering
system begins at this intersection. Tropico had its own system."

The community of Tropico was annexed to Glendale in 1918.

In 1916 4th street in Glendale was renamed Broadway. Evidently the
addresses remained the same. Prior to the name change, one could head
 east on 4th St. and run into its continuation, the Tropico street of W. Broadway.
Those W. Broadway locations would later be assigned new numbers
as E. Broadway in Glendale.







    Alternate Name Directory    



Alex Theatre   216 N. Brand Blvd.

Alexander Theatre 
216 N. Brand Blvd.  see the  Alex Theatre

Americana at Brand 
322 Americana Way see Pacific's Glendale 18

Arcade Theatre  see Tuesday Afternoon Theatre   404 N. Central Ave.

Auditorium, Glendale Civic
  1401 N. Verdugo Rd.

Bard's Theatre   1014 Colorado St. see  Bard's Glen Theatre

Bard's Glen Theatre  
1014 Colorado St.

Beyond the Star's Palace   417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd.

California Theatre    341 N. Brand Blvd.

Capitol Theatre  
139 S. Brand Blvd.

Casino Theatre
-- probably a typo for Cosmo Theatre  730 S. Brand Blvd.

Civic Auditorium
  1401 N. Verdugo Rd.

Cosmo Theatre 
730 S. Brand Blvd.

Cosmos Theatre
-- probably a typo for Cosmo Theatre  730 S. Brand Blvd.

Exchange 8 
128 N. Maryland Ave. see MGN Five Star Cinema

Exchange 10 
128 N. Maryland Ave. see  MGN Five Star Cinema

Fox Alexander Theatre  216 N. Brand Blvd. see the Alex Theatre

Fox Glendale Theatre  122 S. Brand Blvd. see Glendale Theatre

Gateway Theatre   3711 S. San Fernando Rd.

GCC Glendale Cinemas  501 N. Orange St.

Glen Theatre   1014 Colorado St. see  Bard's Glen Theatre

Glendale Civic Auditorium
  1401 N. Verdugo Rd.

Glendale Theatre
(1910)  520 E. Broadway (earlier numbering: 702-04 W. Broadway)

Glendale Theatre
(1920)  122 S. Brand Blvd.

Glendale Cinemas
  501 N. Orange St.

Glendale 18  322 Americana Way  see Pacific's Glendale 18

Glendale Central 5  see Glendale Cinemas  501 N. Orange St.

Glendale Centre Theatre   324 N. Orange St.

Glendale Marketplace 4
144 S. Brand Blvd. see Mann Glendale Marketplace 4

Grand Theatre  131 N. Brand Blvd. - see Palace Grand

Hearthside Theatre   232 S. Pacific Ave.

Hide Away
   102 S. Maryland Ave.

Jensen's Palace Grand   131 N. Brand Blvd.

Lincoln Theatre  129 N. Brand Blvd.  see Palace Grand

Loew's Theatre  417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd.  see Beyond the Star's Palace

Loew's Roxy Theatre  417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd.  see Beyond the Star's Palace

Majestic Theatre    115 E. Broadway would be a current address. It was
1105 W. Broadway before the location was renumbered in 1918.  Also
referred to as 4th east of Brand.

Mann Exchange 8  128 N. Maryland Ave.  see  MGN Five Star Cinema

Mann Exchange 10  128 N. Maryland Ave.  see  MGN Five Star Cinema

Mann Glendale Theatre  122 S. Brand Blvd.  see Glendale Theatre

Mann Glendale Twin  122 S. Brand Blvd.  see Glendale Theatre

Mann Glendale Marketplace 4
   144 S. Brand Blvd.

MGN Five Star Cinema 128 N. Maryland Ave.

Pacific's Glendale 18  
322 Americana Way

Pacific's Regency One  210 S. Brand Blvd.  see Sands Theatre 

Pacific's Regency Two  234 S. Brand Blvd.  see Temple Theatre 

Palace Theatre  131 N. Brand Blvd.   see Palace Grand

Palace Grand   131 N. Brand Blvd.

Regency One  210 S. Brand Blvd. see Sands Theatre 

Regency Two  234 S. Brand Blvd.  see Temple Theatre 

Roxy Theatre
  417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd.- see Beyond the Star's Palace

Sands Theatre
  210 S. Brand Blvd.

Show Shop Theatre  see Tuesday Afternoon Theatre   404 N. Central Ave.

Star's Palace
  417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd.  see Beyond the Star's Palace

T D & L Theatre  131 N. Brand Blvd.   see Palace Grand

Temple Theatre
  234 S. Brand Blvd.

Tuesday Afternoon Theatre   
404 N. Central Ave.

UA Capitol  139 S. Brand Blvd.- see the Capitol Theatre

US Cinema  234 S. Brand Blvd.  see Temple Theatre 

Villa Glen Theatre  
see Tuesday Afternoon Theatre   404 N. Central Ave.

Vogue Theatre   735 S. Brand Blvd.

Young's Capitol 
139 S. Brand Blvd. see the Capitol Theatre




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Alex Theatre

216 N. Brand Blvd.  | map

Glendale, CA 91203

Opened: 1925 as the Alexander Theatre. The theatre was operated for years by Fox West Coast and (later) Mann Theatres.

Architects: Arthur G. Lindley and Charles R. Selkirk designed the Alex in a Greek revival style with a large forecourt inspired by the Egyptian in Hollywood.

It got a remodel in 1940 by S. Charles Lee, who added the entrance spire in the photo at the top of this page. The auditorium got a bit of the Skouras drapery treatment in the 1950's. The marquee view here by Bill Counter is from 2007.

Seating: 2030 seats in 1925, 1,381 currently.

Status: Renovated in 1993 and open now as a performing arts venue with occasional film events. 

More information: See our Alex Theatre page.


Bard's Glen Theatre




1014 Colorado St.    | map

Glendale, CA   91205

Opened: 1925 as Bard's Theatre.  It was later operated by Fox West Coast as the Glen Theatre.

Architect:  Kenneth A. Gordon

Seating: 844

Status:  Closed as a theatre in the 50s and was converted into a bowling alley. It's now a restaurant. No interior decoration of interest survives. 

The photo here is a 2010 view from Google Maps. Click to enlarge or head to an interactive view on Google.

More information: See the page on Bard's Glen Theatre.

Beyond the Star's Palace


417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   91203

Opened: 1939  as the Roxy Theatre.

Seating:  800 originally. The club lists the current capacity as 500.

Status: Closed as a movie theatre in 1995. The last chain to operate the theatre was Pacific Theatres.

Since 1996 it's been very much alive as a music club and special events venue: Beyond the Star's Palace.  The photo here is a 2013 view by Bill Counter. Click the image to enlarge. 

More information: See the page on Beyond the Star's Palace.

California  Theatre


341 N. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   91203

Opened: 1928.  In the 40s the California was being operated by Fox West Coast.

Seating: 772

Status: Demolished. Date of closing is unknown. It was still running in the early 1950s.

More information: See our page on the California Theatre.

    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

Capitol Theatre


139 S. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   90023

Opened: 1931 as Young's Capitol.

Later operated by Fox West Coast and United Artists. Under the UA management it was known as the UA Capitol.

Seating: 808

Status: Demolished. It was damaged in the Northridge earthquake.The theatre was last operated as part of the United Artists Theatre Circuit in the late 80s.

More information: See the Capitol Theatre page.

    California State Library    

www.library.ca.gov



A look from the Capitol's loge section toward the screen.
It's one of a dozen from Mott Studios in the Mott-Merge
Collection at the California State Library.
full size view

Cosmo Theatre

730 S. Brand Blvd.  | map

Glendale, CA 91205

Opened: 1925 according to Joe Vogel's Cinema Treasures research. The Cosmo was operated in later years by Grover Smith who also built the Vogue, across the street, in 1941.

Seating: 688

Closing Date: Possibly 1951.  It's still listed in the 1951 city directory.

Status: Demolished

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Cosmo.


Gateway Theatre

3731 San Fernando Rd.  | map

Glendale, CA 91204

It's listed in the 1930, 1931, and 1932 Glendale city directories as at 1711 S. San Fernando Rd.  Evidently we had some renumbering. An L.A. Times ad from 1935 lists the address as 3713 S. San Fernando Rd.  The city directories from 1936 onward list the address as 3731 San Fernando Rd.

Opened: July 2, 1923

Seating: 912 seats in Egyptian splendor

Status: Closed in 1956 -- now demolished with an auto body shop on the site.

More Information:
See the Cinema Treasures page on the Gateway.

    Cinema Treasures   

A 1942 look at the Gateway from
 the Bill Gabel collection.
Also on the site:

    Theatres in Los Angeles   



A 1923 view of the Gateway Theatre on p.105 of
"Theatres in Los Angeles" by Suzanne Tarbell Cooper,
Amy Ronnebeck Hall and Marc Wanamaker. Arcadia
Publishing, 2008. Most of the rare photos in the book
are from Mr. Wanamaker's Bison Archives.

Ken McIntyre has added a cropped version of the photo
to his Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.

Glendale Civic Auditorium

1401 N. Verdugo Rd.   | map

Glendale, CA 91208

(818) 548-2787

Opened: 1938

Capacity: Main auditorium 1,00 when set up theatre style.

The building is a two story complex that houses a 11,000 s.f upper auditorium with a stage and flat hardwood auditorium floor. There's also a lower 14,000 s.f. space with dance floor and kitchen.

More Information: See the PDF brochure: Glendale Civic Auditorium.  The Glendale Historical Society has a page on city landmarks with a facade view of the building.

    City of Glendale   



A 30s view from the City of Glendale's website.
larger view


A look at the marquee -- and the stagehouse.
 larger view

Also see:
 
40s facade view  |  main hall  |  lower level  |


Glendale Theatre - 1910

520 E. Broadway   | map

Glendale, CA 91205

Opened: 1910 or earlier.  The original address was 702-04 W. Broadway. After the City of Glendale annexed the community of Tropico in 1918 many addresses changed and this location became 520 E. Broadway.

Thanks to George Ellison of the Special Collections Room of the Glendale Public Library for research on the addresses for this theatre.

Status:  Mr. Ellison notes that although the theatre was gone by 1917, the building remained until it was demolished following damage from the 1971 Sylmar earthquake.

There was also a later Glendale Theatre, that opened in 1920.  See the listing below. 

    L.A. Public Library Collection   

www.lapl.org



A 1910 view of the first Glendale Theatre from the
Library's collection.  Here we're running "Saved by the Flag"
and "Wilson's Wife's Countenance," both released in 1910.
full size view

Perhaps that's the charming staff we're seeing in the photo. Or
maybe it's the stars there for the premiere of one of the films.
Many mysteries.

Glendale Theatre

122 S. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   91210

Opened: October 31, 1920.

This was the second building to be called the Glendale Theatre. Later operated by Fox West Coast, it was then known as the Fox Glendale.  It got a twinning job in 1980 and was last operated by Mann Theatres. It was also known as the Mann Glendale Twin.

Architect:   Alfred F. Priest.  Priest also designed the Tuesday Afternoon Club and Theatre. Clifford A. Balch did a remodel for Fox West Coast in 1939.

Seating: In 1928 the capacity was listed as 1,231. Later the capacity was listed as 1,024.

Status: Demolished in 1996.  Date of closing in the 80s is unknown.  The photo here is a post-closing view by Gary Graver -- click on it to enlarge.

More Information: See the page on the Glendale Theatre.


Glendale Centre Theatre

324 N. Orange St.
  | map

Glendale, CA 91203

Website: www.glendalecentretheatre.com

Family theatre productions since 1948 or so.  The company has been at the Orange St. location since about 1969.

Earlier addresses for the company include 413 W. Doran (1960-1970) and 418 E. Colorado (1951-1960).  Both earlier buildings have been demolished.

The photo here is a c. 2009 view from Google Maps. Click to enlarge or head to an interactive view.


Glendale Cinemas

501 N. Orange St.
  | map |

Glendale, CA 91203

Opened: This venue was opened by General Cinema in 1991 as the Glendale Cinemas.

It was briefly operated by AMC after the demise of the General Cinema chain and then became an independent operation. It's also been known as the Glendale Central 5.

Status: Closed in 2004. The space in the building formerly occupied by the theatres is now office space.  The photo here is a c.2009 view from Google Maps. Click on it to enlarge - or head to an interactive view.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Glendale Cinemas.  The Cinema Tour page has a photo of the building by Scott Neff with the marquee still in place.

Hearthside Theatre

232 S. Pacific Ave.  | map

Glendale, CA 91204

No data about this one except that it was listed under "theatres" in the Glendale city directories for 1951, 1953 and 1954.

Status: Demolished. There's a new building on the site.

Hide Away

102 S. Maryland Ave.  | map

Glendale, CA 91204

No data about this one except that it was listed under "theatres" in the Glendale city directories for 1951 and 1953.

Status: Demolished. There's a new building on the site.

Majestic Theatre

115 E. Broadway  | map

Glendale, CA 91205

Cinema Treasures researcher Joe Vogel advises that the Glendale News of January 21, 1912 reported that the Majestic Theatre, 4th St. east of Brand, was going to open on February 3, 1912.  4th St. in Glendale turned into W.  Broadway as one went east and hit the street system of Tropico.  

The address of the Majestic Theatre was actually 1105 W. Broadway -- at least in the city directories.  George Ellison of the Glendale Public Library notes that the Majestic appears only in two Glendale city directories -- 1913-14 and 1915-16 as at 1105 W. Broadway. The 1917 directory shows two other businesses at that location.

After Tropico was absorbed by Glendale in 1918 and addresses renumbered from Brand Blvd, that location became 115 E. Broadway.  And what was 4th St. in Glendale also became known as Broadway.

Architect: Paul V. Tuttle, who also designed the town's 1914 Carnegie Library (demolished in 1977). It was a two story building with a 70x94' footprint.

Status: Remodeled. Joe Vogel's research indicates that the 1912 building still exists but has a new facade that also encompasses adjacent 1921 and 1990 structures at the northwest corner of Broadway and Maryland.

Mann Glendale Marketplace 4

144 S. Brand Blvd. 
| map

Glendale, CA   91210


Opened: 1998

Closing:
Closed in 2011. The Glendale News-Press tells the story. The photo is a 2007 view by Bill Counter. Click on the image to enlarge.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Marketplace 4.  The Cinema Tour page
on the Marketplace 4 has 21 photos from Mark Campbell and Scott Neff.

MGN Five Star Cinema

128 N. Maryland Ave. 
| map

Glendale, CA   91206

(888) 501-0101    www.mgnfivestarcinema.com

Opened:
In the early 1990s as an 8 plex, the Mann Exchange 8. One screen in the original 8 plex was 70mm equipped.

It became a 10 screen complex, Mann Exchange 10, in 1996 with 2 additional screens added in vacant space across a hallway from the original 8 plex. One of the screens in the twin was the complex's largest.

It was operated by Mann Theatres until the expiration of their lease June 30, 2011. The L.A. Times had a story about "Shut Glendale Theaters might become nightclubs" in March 2011.  The photo is a 2007 view by Bill Counter. Click on the image to enlarge.

Status:
In 2013 it became a 10 plex with "dine-in" options. The seating in these theatres ranges from 30 to 104.

The twin addition was jettisoned for awhile. The original 8 plex, as The Exchange 8, was now operated for a period by Vintage Theatres, who also have the Vista and the Los Feliz.

More Information:
See the Cinema Treasures page on the Exchange 10The Cinema Tour page on the Exchange has 6 photos from Mark Campbell and Scott Neff.


Pacific's Glendale 18

322 Americana Way  | map |   -- in the Americana at Brand Center

Glendale, CA 91210

(866) 722-9790

Website:  www.pacifictheatres.com  |   showtimes

Opened:  2008

Architects: Perkowitz + Ruth.  See their website (www.prarchitects.com) for a few views of the project.

More Information:
See the Cinema Tour page on the Americana for 9 photos. Also see the Cinema Treasures page.

    Curbed L.A.    



A nice wide-angle view of the lobby at the
Glendale 18 accompanies the 2008 story
"Americana at Brand: Extra Butter Please.."
by Dakota. The article also includes 5 other
photos -- all by Becky Sapp of Berliner
Studio/BEImages.  larger view

    Wikipedia Commons    



A view of the exterior by Minnaert on Wikipedia Commons.
 full size view

Palace Grand

131 N. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   91203

Opened: 1914 as Jensen's Palace Grand.

Architect:   Robert J. Kitts designed the theatre for Henry Jensen. Jensen would later operate the Raymond Theatre in Pasadena and Jensen's Melrose on Melrose Ave.

By 1923 Jensen had sold the theatre and it was known as the T D & L Theatre, a part of the Turner Dahnken & Langley circuit, a company that would evolve into Fox West Coast. It apparently had one last fling in 1928 as the Lincoln Theatre. It's listed in the 1928 phone directory with an address of 129 N. Brand.

Seating: 900

Status: Demolished.  Date of closing is unknown -- possibly in 1928.

More Information: See the page on the Palace Grand Theatre.

    L.A. Public Library Collection   

www.lapl.org



A 1920s view of the Palace Grand
from the Library's collection.
full size view

Sands Theatre

210 S. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   91204

Opened: 1962 ?  As the Sands Theatre it was an independent operation at least through 1977.

In the 80s it was called the Regency One when operated by Pacific Theatres. Down the street they renamed the Temple Theatre (in the Masonic Temple building) Regency Two

The photo here from 1991 is by Gary Graver -- click on it to enlarge.

Status: It's now the Royal Palace banquet hall.

More information:  See the page on the Sands Theatre.

Temple  Theatre

234 S. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   91204

Opened: The building opened in 1928 as Glendale's Masonic Temple, housing a variety of Masonic organizations.  The main floor theatre was used as a movie theatre, the Temple Theatre, beginning around 1938.

In 1980 it became the US Cinema, an independent operation. By the mid 80s it was known as the Regency Two and operated by Pacific Theatres.

Closing date as a movie theatre is unknown. It was a club for awhile after closing as a theatre. 

Architect:   Arthur G. Lindley. 

Seating: 707 seats including a balcony.

Status:  Since the late 80s the main floor theatre space has been used (on and off) as storage and a scene shop. for A Noise Within, a theatre company specializing in the classics. 

More information:  See the page on the Temple Theatre.

    USC Archives    

digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm



A detail from a 1938 view looking north on Brand Blvd.
 showing the Temple with a 10c admission policy. 
full size view

Tuesday Afternoon Theatre

404 N. Central Ave.  | map

Glendale, CA 91203

Opened: 1923 as the Tuesday Afternoon Club. The building contained other meeting rooms and offices in addition to the auditorium. The club had started n 1898 and its early activities included the founding of the Glendale Public Library.

The Glendale Symphony performed in the auditorium in 1924.

The 404 N. Central Ave. address is listed as the Show Shop Theatre in the 1930 through 1940 Glendale city directories. It was also known as the Arcade Theatre from mid 1946 into 1954.

In the 1962 through 1970 city directories it's listed as the Tuesday Afternoon Theatre at 408 N. Central. As the Villa Glen it was running classics in the 70s. It's in the 1972 city directory as the Villa Glen at 404 N. Central. 

Architect: Alfred F. Priest. Priest had earlier designed the 1920 Glendale Theatre.

Seating: 900 originally, later listed as 652

Status: The theatre was running until at least 1974. After closing it was evidently used as a mortuary for a year and then demolished (perhaps in 1977). There's no listing in the 1977 city directory.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Villa Glen for all the stories uncovered by Ken Roe, Joe Vogel, -DB and other intrepid researchers.

Tropico (a separate town until 1918) also had a Tuesday Afternoon Club. In the collection of the Oviatt Library at CSUN:  |  1916 exterior photo  |  interior auditorium view  |


    Los Angeles Public Library    

www.lapl.org



An undated view of the Tuesday Afternoon Club
on N. Central from the Library's great collection.
 full size view



Another undated view with a look at the stagehouse. 
full size view

Also in the collection:
  | a banquet room at the club -- undated  |

Vogue Theatre

735 S. Brand Blvd.  | map

Glendale, CA 91204

Seating: 735

Architect: Paul Hartman

Operating: 1941 - 1955 or so. It's still listed in the 1955 city directory. The Vogue was built for operator Grover Smith, who also operated the Cosmo, across the street.

Status: Remodeled into a building for a Nissan dealership.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Vogue.  The Cinema Tour page on the Vogue has a 1949 photo from the Gordon Bachlund collection -- which also appears in the Metro Transportation Library.  Deanna Bayless has a photo of the repurposed building.

    Metro Transportation Library    




A 40s view of the Vogue Theatre.
On Flickr: full size view

There's a bit better looking version of the photo from
Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society on
Photos of Los Angeles.