Lido Theatre



8607 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 Bank of America.

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


    Los Angeles Theatres   

A 1961 view added to the 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.



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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

Bruce Kimmel 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



    Vintage Los Angeles   

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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

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

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