4403 Magnolia Blvd. | map |
It was constructed for Al Minor, who also operated the Major Theatre at 333 San Fernando Rd. At one time Minor also had the Burbank Theatre. In the 60s the Magnolia was run by Jack Grossman.
The address seems to vary in different city directories over the years from 4403 to 4433.
Architect: Clifford Balch
In recent years the building has still been in use as a recording studio, but under different ownership. It was on the market again in 2011 with an asking price of $6.5 million. It was sold again in 2012. It's open as a studio again as L.A. Sound Gallery.
The listing on LoopNet included the following data:
"World Class Audio Video Entertainment Facility Serving the music, film and television industries. Perfect setting for the advertising, TV, Film and Production companies. Extensively renovated and refurbished in 1998 & 1999. Ongoing improvements since 2004.
This state-of-the-art facility offers a production, film or advertising corporation the opportunity to acquire a world-class asset with the most up-to-date tools available in the entertainment industry. The Facility benefits from its legendary reputation in the industry, servicing the Music, Film & TV sectors, both as Media Concepts and in its past.
Theatrical Mixing Room Dolby Digital, THX & DTS, 4000 S.F. - 30 ft. high Scoring Stage, (2) 5.1 Edit Rooms, free ISO booth, (2) Video Editing Suites, (2) ADR Recording Suites, 70 Parking spaces on lot + 2 w/ VIP restricted access, Designer Kitchen, (4) Luxurious Restrooms, (3) Offices"
The Magnolia in the Movies: The exterior of the theatre gets a nice part in "Pushover' (Columbia, 1954) with Fred MacMurray and Kim Novak. Thanks to Escott Norton for providing the screen shots.
The Magnolia entrance in "Pushover." Look at that
nice Skouras-style Fox West Coast Theatres boxoffice.
larger viewMore information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Magnolia. The Cinema Tour page has two photos from the Bob Meza collection. See the fine Bijou Memories page on the Magnolia.
A look at the exterior in "Pushover."
The marquee on "Pushover."
Kim Novak leaving the Magnolia in "Pushover."
The Magnolia also puts in an appearance in Arthur
Penn's "Night Moves" (Warner Bros., 1975).
Another look at the Magnolia in "Night Moves."
Gene Hackman is cruising by to see what his wife
is up to on her movie date with a "friend."
"Night Moves" also gives us a look toward the
Cornell Theatre. See our Theatres in Movies
post for that shot.
And we get a glimpse of the Magnolia marquee
in an episode of "Electrawoman and Dynagirl."
the clip on YouTube
On Vintage Los Angeles there's a shot
of the Magnolia in an episode of "Colombo."
The Magnolia is seen as the Van Beek samba and tapas joint
in Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" (Lionsgate, 2016). Jazz pianist
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) mourns this transformation
of what had been his favorite jazz club.
See our Theatres In Movies post about "La La Land"
for more on other theatres seen in the film.
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The Magnolia gets a photo in the trade magazine
on Boxoffice for November 16, 1964 discussing the
renovation Jack Grossman gave the theatre that year.
The text read:
"Jack Grossman has remodeled the 800-seat Magnolia
Theatre in this San Fernando Valley community at a cost of $60,000.
The renovation includes a new 60-foot v-shaped marquee, a 45 ton
capacity gas refrigeration air conditioning installation, a new
boxoffice and exterior covered with Italian marble and new lighting.
The Magnolia has a parking lot for 300 cars."
The Cinema Tour page on the Magnolia has
a 2003 exterior view from Bob Meza as well
as this older undated shot.
full size view
We're in a 1909 Hupmobile as a promotion
in 1958 for the run of "Gigi" at the Magnolia.
It's a photo from the Valley Times collection.
full size view
Magnolia owner Jack Grossman is on the left.
A 1944 view of the Magnolia Theatre on p.102
of "Theatres in Los Angeles" by Suzanne Tarbell
Cooper, Amy Ronnebeck Hall and Marc Wanamaker.
Arcadia Publishing, 2008.