Lido Theatre

8507 W. Pico Blvd.  (west of La Cienega)    | map

Los Angeles, CA   90035

Opened: 1937

Construction, according to Joe Vogel on Cinema Treasures, was announced in August, 1936.  The $52,000 building included the theatre, a branch of Bank of America and three stores.

In the early 60s Fox West Coast spent $100,000 on a renovation that included new marquee, vertical sign, revamped facade, new snackbar, seating and a larger (17'x33') screen. Boxoffice magazine has all the details.

For years it was operated by National General and, later, Mann Theatres. It had a good run as an art venue, a revival house and, at the end, was a bargain theatre.

Architect:  Clifford A. Balch

Seating: 880. 936 after the reseating in the 60s.

Status: Demolished in 1979. It's now a parking lot for the Bank of America branch on the northwest corner of pico and la Cienega.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Lido for lots of history and comments.

    Los Angeles Theatres   

A 1961 view added to our Los Angeles Theatres
Facebook album by Bruce Kimmel. The Lido is running
"The Mark" and Sophia Loren in "Two Women."
full size view

Thanks, Bruce!

    Photos of Los Angeles   

A 1945 view of the Lido with "Our Vines
Have Tender Grapes" as the attraction. 
full size view

The photo comes from the Arcadia Press book
"Theatres in Los Angeles" by Suzanne Tarbell Cooper,
Amy Ronnebeck Hall and Marc Wanamaker. The photos
in the book are from Mr. Wanamaker's Bison Archives.

The photo above also appears on Vintage Los Angeles
and in Jeff Bridges' Flickr album.

    Mid Century Modern

A c.1961 view added to the collection by Michael
Snider. The Lido is running "Saturday Night and
Sunday Morning" and "Make Mine Mink."
full size view | on the MCM page

Bruce Kimmel also added this one to the
Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

The photo also appears in the
Photobucket album of White Sheik.

    Vintage Los Angeles

The Lido running "Seance on a Wet Afternoon,"
 a 1964 release. It was added to the Vintage
Los Angeles collection by Bruce Kimmel.
full size view | on Vintage LA

Bruce has also added this one to the
 Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

The photo also appears in the
Photobucket album of White Sheik.

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The Boxoffice magazine issue for October 22, 1962
had a story about the renovations at the theatre. 

Fox West Coast spent $100, 000 for work
including a new marquee and boxoffice. Larger
views of these two photos:
article page 1

A look toward the screen
of the renovated Lido.

The back of the house and
the new lowered ceiling.

The refurbished mezzanine lounge.
Larger views of the three interior shots:
 article page 2

    Julius Schulman - Getty Research Institute

A 1951 look west on Pico across
La Cienega toward the Lido.
full size view

A closer look from the photo above.

The vista from a bit farther east on Pico.

Julius Schulman was out photographing various branch offices
for Bank of America. It was his Job #967: Raymond Shaw / Bank
of America.  Shaw was the architect of the bank building, still there
but with an ugly re-do.
The set of 3 photos also includes a shot
 looking north on La Cienega toward the intersection of Pico.

Thanks to Hoss C for finding the photos in the Getty
collection. It's part of his Noirish Los Angeles post #31124
that also includes some recent views.

this photo set on the Getty site | more Shulman photos |