Glendale Theatre

122 S. Brand Blvd.    | map

Glendale, CA   91210

Opened: October 31, 1920. The cost of the building was $60,000.  It got a stage expansion in 1924. The building was financed by Dr. W.C. Goodno. It was later owned by Louise Goodno.

This was the second building to be called the Glendale Theatre.  See the listing on the Glendale Theatres page for the first 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.

At one time John Wayne lived in an apartment upstairs.

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 site of the Glendale Theatre (and adjoining buildings) was later occupied by the Glendale Marketplace, the shopping center that housed the Mann Marketplace 4.

The Glendale Theatre in the movies:  Gene Nelson gets hoodwinked into helping a fugitive from a Glendale bank job in Andre de Toth's "Crime Wave" (Warner Bros., 1954). We get some shots across the street of the Glendale Theatre. The film also features Sterling Hayden.

The Glendale in "Crime Wave."
larger view

See our Theatres In Movies post for two more shots
 showing the Glendale. Also in the post are views we see
of the Alex, Temple and Hide Away theatres in Glendale
and, from the end of the film, a look at the Roosevelt
 Theatre downtown on Main St.

More information:
See the Cinema Treasures page on the Glendale.  Joe Vogel has done a great job researching the history of the building.

    American Classic Images

A 1980 view of the Glendale located in the American Classics
collection by Cinema Treasures researcher Ken McIntyre. 
full size view

    Glendale: 1940 - 2000   

by Juliet M. Arroyo
Arcadia Publishing, 2006
ISBN: 9780738531076

| preview on Amazon | preview on Google Books |

A look at the Glendale Theatre in 1942. This view is from
 the Special Collections room at the Glendale Public Library
and comes from the Tom B'hend / Preston Kaufmann Archives.

Ms. Arroyo's book has lots of other rare
photos of downtown Glendale.
On Google Books: larger view

    USC Archives

A c.1926 view from the California Historical Society in
the USC Archives. That's the Glendale Theatre on the
right -- with a "Vaudeville" banner under the marquee. 

It's a photo by Charles C. Pierce.
full size view

The view above also appears on the Glendale High website
 and in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.

A 1937 Dick Whittington photo looking north
on Brand Blvd. The Glendale Theatre is on the right.

We're playing "Waikiki Wedding" with Bing
Crosby and Martha Raye. 
full size view

Another Dick Whittington photo of the Glendale.
full size view

A detail from the photo above.

A closer look from the east side of the street.
It's another Dick Whittington photo from 1937.
full size view

Views of the Glendale Theatre after closing.

[ click on either of these to enlarge ]

photos: Gary Graver - undated

Gary Graver (1938-2006) was a noted filmmaker and cinematographer.
 Over several decades he took many photos of theatres in Los Angeles and
Portland, OR.  More can be seen on You Tube: "Second Run - part 1" and
"Second Run - part 2." Thanks to Sean Graver for use of the photos.

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    Burbank in the 60s

A nice colorized view of the Glendale's
marquee in 1960 on Burbank in the 60s.  
full size view

    Glendale Public Library

Book Talk blog

A view looking north on Brand in 1939. It's from the
 Library's Special Collections division and featured in the
 Special Collections album on Flickr. 

On the full size view you can see the Capitol Theatre
marquee on the left (and "Capitol" on the side of the
building) and the Glendale Theatre across the street.

The Capitol is playing "Gunga Din" and "Woman Doctor"
while the Glendale is running "Suez" with Loretta Young.

    Noirish Los Angeles

A 1922 look north on Brand with our
theatre (and its roof sign) over on the right.
Thanks to Mr. Ethereal Reality for digging the photo out of
his files and posting it as Norish Los Angeles post #33729.
 His post also includes a 1905 view: just a road.

    Vintage Los Angeles

A lovely mid 50s view from the Ralph Cantos collection
posted on Vintage Los Angeles by Richard Wojcik.
full size view | a re-post

A cropped version of the view above appears on
 Photos of Los Angeles.
And a full size view as well.

An early 60s Christmas shot looking north on
Brand Blvd. Thanks to Lisa Owen Landt for
sharing the photo on Vintage Los Angeles.
Steven Otto notes that the Glendale is running "North
To Alaska" with John Wayne (a November 1960 release)
 with perhaps "Bells Are Ringing" as the second feature.