Picwood Theatre

10872 W. Pico Blvd. @ Westwood
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Los Angeles, CA   90403

Opened: 1948 with Gene Kelly in "The Three Musketeers" along with "Rusty Leads the Way." 

It was an independent operation at first. The L.A. Times noted on November 7, 1948: 

"Opening soon of the new Picwood theater at Pico and Westwood Blvd. has been announced. The new structure has 1500 seating capacity, 1000 on the first floor. The theater is owned by Earl Collins and will be managed by Phil Isley, of Dallas."

It got a remodel in 1966 that obliterated most of the original tropical themed decor.

The Picwood was run until 1985 by Pacific Theatres, often with exclusive runs. The theatre was equipped for 70mm presentation. 70mm runs included "Apocalypse Now" (1979-80 - 26 weeks), "Raiders of the Lost Arc" (1981), "E.T." (1982), "Amadeus" (1985) and many more.

Architect: S.Charles Lee

Seating: 1100 originally, later reseated for 950. 

Status:  Demolished in 1985 to make way for the Westside Pavilions Mall.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page for lots of discussion about the Picwood's history. Michael Coate posted a list of the Picwood's 70mm runs in 2008.

Also see the Cinema Tour page on the Picwood for a few more photos. The theatre was pictured on the cover of the May 7, 1949 issue of Boxoffice.

    Cinema Tour   

This invaluable site's Picwood Theatre page has a
 number of items from Jay Emmanuel Publishing's 1949-1950
 "Theatre Catalog" including this colorful exterior shot.
full size view

Also on Cinema Tour:
 | floorplan |

    Los Angeles Public Library    

A 1965 aerial view by Howard D. Kelly.
A detail from another 1965 photo by Mr. Kelly.

A 1979 shot of the Picwood for the premiere
of "Boulevard Nights"-- and a protest.
It's a Dean Musgrove photo.
 full size view

Also in the collection:
 | another "Boulevard" view |
| yet another "Boulevard" shot |
"The barrio is real - not glamorous"

   Online Archive of California / Calisphere   


An exterior view from 1948 by Michael Greene.
On the marquee are the opening films "The Three
Musketeers" along with "Rusty Leads the Way."
 full size view | on Calisphere

A look at the lobby of the Picwood.
It's a Julius Schulman photo.
full size view | on Calisphere

Another lobby photo by Julius Schulman.
full size view | on Calisphere

A view of the Picwood auditorium.
No photographer is credited by the archive.
  full size image | on Calisphere

A view toward the screen. No photographer
is credited by the archive.
 full size image | on Calisphere

A look at the sidewall house left.
The photographer is not credited.
full size view | on Calisphere

Also in the Archive:
| daytime exterior view - 1949 "Home of the Brave" |
| boxoffice sketch | exterior sketch | blueprint - section | floorplan |

More S. Charles Lee theatre photos can be located via:




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    By Ken Levine   


 "We Killed a Theatre AND a Bowling Alley,"
Ken's 2008 post, included this photo of the theatre's
last engagement: "Volunteers" in 1985.

    Cinema Treasures   

Thanks to Bill Gabel for this view to the rear in
the theatre's later "draped" days. Note the booth
obscured by its own motorized curtain that
would be closed during intermissions.

    From Script to DVD   


The Picwood snack bar. It's a shot
 from the Motion Picture Herald.

A view of the draped auditorium of the Picwood in
later years. The photo is credited to the L.A. Times /
Lucasfilm / Pacific Theatres.

See the Picwood Theatre page on From Script To DVD
information about the theatre's 70mm runs. The page
 is part of the site's great  70mm Theatre Gallery

    Mid Century Modern    

... and Historical Los Angeles in the '60s, '70s, and '80s


 A 1969 view of the Picwood running the exclusive
engagement of "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
Thanks to Michael Snider for the photo.
full size view | on the MCM page

A 1981 view from American Classic Images
 added to the collection by Richard Wojcik.
full size view | on the MCM page

A facade detail posted by Alison Martino.
full size view

    Photos of Los Angeles   


A look at the Picwood with its fate left in the hands of
the Cleveland Wrecking Co. Ken McIntyre found the
photo for his Photos of Los Angeles collection.
full size view | on Photos of LA

   Julius Schulman - Getty Research Institute   


A 1949 view of the theatre by Julius Schulman in the Getty
collection. Our main feature this week is "Angel on the Amazon."
full size view | on the Getty site

The photo also appears on our Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty
Research Institute, Los Angeles.

From Mr. Schulman's photo, a closer look at the entrance.

    Mark Van Slyke on Flickr   


A view of the boarde up facade of the Picwood by
 Mark. It's in his "Mid-Century Modern" set.
full size view

Also in Mark's album:
| facade detail |