Picfair Theatre

5879 W. Pico Blvd.  (just west of Fairfax)   | map

Los Angeles, CA   90019

Opened: 1941. It was an independent house operated by Ben Mohi and later by Joseph Moritz. It also was at one time operated by James Nicholson, later of American International fame. 

Fred Stein's Statewide Theatres, Century, Loew's and General Cinema also operated the house for a spell in the 60s. Loew's gave it a big remodel in 1968. Their $100,000 got the theatre a new marquee, refurbished seats, air conditioning and more.

"I am Curious (Yellow)" had a run in 1969. In the early 80s it was running Indian films. By 1985 it had closed to become an appliance store.

Architect:  Unknown

Seating: 750

Status: Demolished. It got torched in the 1992 riots and was finally demolished in 1995.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Picfair for all the history there is submitted by many with fond memories of moviegoing there.

    American Classic Images   


An April, 1982 view of the Picfair from the
American Classic Images collection:
"Movies of India."
full size view

The photo above also appears on
 Photos of Los Angeles as a post by
Ken McIntyre. It appears, again, in
 a cropped version as a post by Bill Gabel.

Another April,1982 photo.
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    Atomic Hot Links on Flickr   


A look at the Picfair after the 1992 riots by
Atomic Hot Links. It's part of his Shoot & Loot set.
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The photo above was discovered by Ken McIntyre,
who has it on his Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.

Thanks, Ken!