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.

    USC Archives

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. 
full size view

A look backstage at a rehearsal in 1957.
full size view

Inspecting the rigging in 1957.
The photos are from the L.A. Herald Examiner
full size view

Also see:

redecorating the lobby  |
  knocking a hole in a wall  |

about photos from other
websites that appear on this page...

We've tried to give appropriate credit. Please
contact us if there are incorrect attributions, links that
no longer work or other issues. A link near each image will
direct you to a full size version on the website hosting it.
Assume that all the images are subject to copyright
restrictions. Contact the webmaster of the site in
question concerning reproduction or other use.

    Photos of Los Angeles   

A look at the Paris in 1969 discovered by
Ken McIntyre for Photos of Los Angeles.
full size view  |  on FB/LAtheatres

An impressionistic image of the neon at the Paris.
full size view  |  on FB/LAtheatres

    UCLA Archives - Changing Times

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.

    Vintage Los Angeles

A 1975 view of the Paris from across the street.
It was added to the Vintage Los Angeles collection
by Richard J. Frost. 
full size view  |  on FB/LAtheatres