Paris Theatre



8163 Santa Monica Blvd.    | map

Los Angeles, CA   90046


Opened: 1924 by West Coast Theatres as the Carmel Theatre.  It was later known as the Fox Carmel

The 1956 city directory lists it as the Carmel Museum Theatre. It had a fling as a legit house in 1957 with Richard Gray's New Vic Theatre Company in residence.

By the early 60s it had gone to a porno policy and was renamed the Paris Theatre (the "newly beautiful Paris").

Architect: Lewis A. Smith

Seating: 1,098

Status: Demolished.  The theatre closed in 1976 -- it was destroyed by fire.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Paris.


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A look at the boxoffice of the Carmel in 1957
when it was getting a run as a legit house with
productions by the New Vic Theatre Company. 
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A look backstage at a rehearsal in 1957.
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Inspecting the rigging in 1957.
The photos are from the L.A. Herald Examiner
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Also see:

redecorating the lobby  |
  knocking a hole in a wall  |








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A look at the Paris in 1969 discovered by
Ken McIntyre for Photos of Los Angeles.
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An impressionistic image of the neon at the Paris.
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A 1970 L.A. Times photo with the midnight freight at Santa
Monica Blvd. and Crescent Heights.  Behind the train we get
a view of the Paris marquee. P.J.'s in the foreground
would later become the club Starwood. 
full size view  |  another indexing

The photo also appears on
 Noirish Los Angeles post #3374 
and on Vintage Los Angeles.



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A 1975 view of the Paris from across the street.
It was added to the Vintage Los Angeles collection
by Richard J. Frost. 
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