La Reina Theatre



14626 Ventura Blvd.    | map |

Sherman Oaks, CA   91403


Opened: 1938 or so

The La Reina was built as a Fox West Coast house and was operated by its successor companies until the mid 80s.  Mann Theatres was the last operator.

Architect:  S. Charles Lee

Seating: 900, all on one level.

Status: The facade remains but the auditorium was demolished for construction of spa and retail space.  The vertical tower was removed after suffering damage in the 1995 Northridge earthquake.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the La Reina for lots of comments and links to photos.  Cinema Tour has a drive by facade view from Scott Neff.

Wikipedia has an article on Sherman Oaks that includes a 2008 view of the theatre.


Historic Los Angeles Theatres - The La Reina in Sherman Oaks

A marquee detail at the La Reina.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009

[ click on these to enlarge ]



The entrance with the lights on!

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009




A detail of the terrazzo work at the La Reina

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2011


Click any of these to enlarge or head to Michelle's
 Theatres - California set  or the Theatres index page on
Flickr for lots of documentation of her wanderings around
Southern California theatres.




The La Reina in the 80s.

photo: Gary Graver





    B'hend and Kaufmann Collection   



A 1945 view of the entrance to the La Reina
by Western Photo Co. It's in the Tom B'hend and
Preston Kaufmann Collection, part of the AMPAS
Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections.
 full size view
| on FB/LAtheatres



    Blue Medi Spa   

www.flickr.com/photos/33443559@N05



A 2008 night photo on the Flickr
page for Blue Medi Spa. 
full size view




    Hollywood Historic Photos   

www.hollywoodhistoricphotos.com


A terrific 1945 photo of the theatre from the superb
collection of Hollywood Historic Photos.  We're running
"State Fair" with Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews.
full size viewmore Valley views




    Ken McIntyre on Cinema Treasures   

cinematreasures.org

Historic Los Angeles Theatres -- S. Charles  Lee's La Reina

A delightful view in Cinema Treasures researcher
Ken McIntyre's collection showing the La Reina after
closing as a theatre but before demolition of the
auditorium and redevelopment. 

Ken links to this, as well as some newer photos he's
taken, on the La Reina Cinema Treasures page.
full size view

The photo above also appears on Ken's
 Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.



    Theatres in Los Angeles   

A 1938 view of the La Reina Theatre auditorium on
p.103 of "Theatres in Los Angeles" by Suzanne Tarbell
Cooper, Amy Ronnebeck Hall and Marc Wanamaker.
Arcadia Publishing, 2008.  ISBN: 9780738555799

Most of the rare photos in the book
are from Mr. Wanamaker's Bison Archives.

Ken McIntyre has posted a copy of
the photo on Photos of Los Angeles.



    You Are Here   

www.you-are-here.com



A view of the La Reina boxoffice by Martin,
the wizard behind You-Are-Here. 
full size view





The La Reina -- historic theatres in Los Angeles

The La Reina Facade in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

[ click on these to enlarge ]





Looking west along Ventura Blvd.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010




Another entrance view.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010





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    Agility Nut   

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A look at the boxoffice from
Debra Jane's
collection.
full size view

For other interesting photos of area theatres
start with
page 6 of her California Theatres set. 




    American Classic Images   

americanclassicimages.com



A 1982 night view from the American
Classic Images collection. 
full size view

Also in the collection:
| 1983 day view | 1984 day view |

These were located by Cinema Treasures
 researcher Ken McIntyre.



    The City Project   

www.flickr.com/photos/cityprojectca



A 2011 shot of the marquee by Robert Garcia.
It's part of The City Project, a photo collection
documenting city monuments. 
full size view



    L.A. Public Library Collection   

www.lapl.org


A 1939 view of the facade from the Library's
collection. We're running a second run engagement
 of "Trade Winds" and "Thanks For Everything."
full size view

This double feature played Grauman's Chinese
in January 1939 according to Chinese Theatre
historian Kurt Wahlner.



    Photos of Los Angeles   

www.facebook.com/groups/244565982234863


A 1972 look at the La Reina
marquee by Ken McIntyre.
full size view



    The Show Starts on The Sidewalk   

yalepress.yale.edu  |  google books preview

"The Show Starts on the Sidewalk"
by Maggie Valentine offers a nice history of the movie
palace with lots of references to various
historic Los Angeles theatres.



A night shot of the La Reina running "Just
Around The Corner," a November 1938 release
with Shirley Temple.




The acoustical treatment on
 the back wall of the La Reina.

These photos are both on page 69.
larger views on Google books