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    Area History Resources   


 See the website of the San Pedro Bay Historical Society.
They maintain a photo collection and newspaper archive.
On the website is a page about San Pedro Theatres.

Card Cow has an interesting selection
of vintage San Pedro postcards.

The Water and Power Associates Museum section has
 a terrific page of early San Pedro and Wilmington views.

Arcadia Publishing's "Wilmington" is available
 for preview on Google Books.




    San Pedro Theatres Street by Street    


    4th St.   


  Fisher's Theatre
  Beacon St.corner of 4th



    5th St.   


  Auditorium
  264 5th St.

  Star Theatre
  Beacon St.corner of 5th

  Empire Theatre
  124 W. 5th St.




    6th St.   


  Victoria Theatre
  115 W 6th St.

  Globe Theatre
  204 W 6th St.

  San Pedro Opera House
  205  6th St.

Warner Grand
  478 W. 6th St.




    7th St.   


  Fox Cabrillo
  115 W. 7th St.


  Royal Playhouse
  1016 W. 7th St.



    Beacon St.   


  Fisher's Theatre
  Beacon St.corner of 4th

  Majestic Theatre
  407 S. Beacon St.

  Star Theatre
  Beacon St. corner of 5th

Lyric Theatre
Beacon between 5th & 6th

  Alhambra Theatre
 515 S. Beacon St.



    Cabrillo St.   


  San Pedro Theatre Arts

 501 S. Cabrillo St.




    Gaffey St.   


  San Pedro Drive In
  1811 N. Gaffey St.



    Pacific Ave.   


  Barton Theatre
  211 N. Pacific Ave.


  Strand Theatre
  1035 S. Pacific Ave.


    address unknown   


Union Theatre







    Wilmington Theatres Street by Street    



    Avalon Blvd.   


  Avalon Theatre
  722 N. Avalon Blvd.


  Granada Theatre
  632 N. Avalon Blvd.


  Capitola Theatre
  336 N. Avalon Blvd.



    Canal St.   


N. Canal St. got renamed Avalon Blvd.
See those listings.






    Alternate Name List    



Alhambra Theatre   515 S. Beacon St.

Auditorium   264 5th St.

Avalon Theatre   722 N. Avalon Blvd. (formerly Canal Ave.)

Barton Theatre   211 N. Pacific Ave.

Barton Hill Theatre -- see Barton Theatre   211 N. Pacific Ave.

Cabrillo Theatre -- see Fox Cabrillo  115 W. 7th St.

California Theatre -- see Strand Theatre  1035 S. Pacific Ave.

Capitola Theatre   336 N. Avalon Blvd. (formerly Canal Ave.)

Crystal Theatre -- see Capitola Theatre   336 N. Avalon (formerly Canal.)

Electric Theatre -- see  San Pedro Opera House   205  6th St.

Emperor Theatre 722 N. Avalon Blvd. (formerly Canal Ave.)  -- see  Avalon

Empire Theatre  124 W. 5th St.

Empress Theatre 722 N. Avalon Blvd. (formerly Canal Ave.)  -- see  Avalon

Fisher's Theatre  Beacon St.corner of 4th

Fox Avalon 722 N. Avalon Blvd. (formerly Canal Ave.)  -- see  Avalon

Fox Cabrillo  115 W. 7th St.

Fox Granada see Granada Theatre   632 N. Avalon Blvd.

Fox Strand Theatre -- see Strand Theatre  1035 S. Pacific Ave.

Globe Theatre   204 W 6th St.

Globe #5   204 W 6th St.

Granada Theatre   632 N. Avalon Blvd. (formerly Canal Ave.)

Juarez -- see Warner Grand   478 W. 6th St.

Lyric Theatre   Beacon between 5th & 6th

Majestic Theatre   407 S. Beacon St.

Mark Strand Theatre -- see Strand Theatre  1035 S. Pacific Ave.

Paramount Theatre -- see Capitola Theatre   336 N. Avalon (formerly Canal)

Royal Playhouse  1016 W. 7th St.

San Pedro Drive In  1811 N. Gaffey St.

San Pedro Opera House   205  6th St.

San Pedro Theatre Arts  501 S. Cabrillo St.

Stanley Warner Theatre -- see Warner Grand 478 W. 6th St.

Stanley Warner San Pedro -- see Warner Grand   478 W. 6th St.

Star Theatre -- see Barton Theatre   211 N. Pacific Ave.

Star Theatre   Beacon St. corner of 5th

Strand Theatre  1035 S. Pacific Ave.

Teatro Granada see Granada Theatre   632 N. Avalon Blvd.

Teatro Juarez -- see Warner Grand   478 W. 6th St.

Union Theatre   no address

Victoria Theatre   115 W 6th St.

Warner Theatre  see Warner Grand   478 W. 6th St.

Warner Bros. San Pedro  see Warner Grand   478 W. 6th St.

Warner Grand   478 W. 6th St.

West Coast Granada  see
Granada Theatre   632 N. Avalon (formerly Canal)



   


 


 




 







 

 



Alhambra  Theatre

515 S. Beacon St.   | map - approximate

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA  90731

Dates: Listed in the 1914 & 15 L.A. city directories.  One source lists the dates as 1912 to 1915.  Joe Vogel notes on a Cinema Treasures page for the Alhambra that the only San Pedro theatre listed in the 1913-14 Cahn guide is the Alhambra. But there aren't any details.

Status: Demolished. The area has been redeveloped.

    L.A. Public Library Photo Collection   

www.lapl.org 


A view of the Alhambra Theatre in San Pedro
from the Library's collection.  
full size view

Auditorium

264 5th St.    | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA  90731

Listed in the 1908 San Pedro city directory as at 264 5th St. Oscar Jacobson was the manager.

Status: Demolished

Avalon Theatre

722 N. Avalon Blvd.   | map

Wilmington (Los Angeles), CA  90744

Opened: As the Empress, later renamed the Avalon.

It's in the 1925 L.A. city directory as the Empress at 722 Canal Ave. Cinema Tour lists this as 5258 N. Avalon Blvd.  Canal St. was renamed Avalon Blvd.

In the 1923 San Pedro directory it's the Empress but it gets a sex change in 1924 to become the Emperor.  It's back to the Empress in 1926 and 1928 with the address listed as on Avalon Blvd.  There's no listing in the 1930 directory.

In the 1932, 34 and 37 San Pedro directories it's called the Avalon. In the 1940, 46 and 49 directories it is the Fox Avalon.

Seating: 450

Status: Demolished  -- now a parking lot.

More Information:  See the Cinema Treasures page on the Avalon.

    L.A. Public Library Photo Collection   

www.lapl.org


A 1939 view of the Avalon down the block.
"Any seat 15 cents". 
full size view

    Los Angeles: Portrait of a City   

by Jim Heiman and Kevin Starr
Taschen, 2009

www.taschen.com | buy the book on Amazon




A matinee in 1948. It's in the Taschen book "Los Angeles:
 Portrait of a City" by Jim Heiman and Kevin Starr.
 full size view

The photo above also appears on the
 Facebook pages for Photos of Los Angeles
and Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation.


Barton Theatre

211 N. Pacific Ave.  | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA  90731

Seating: 412

It's in the 1924, 26 and 28 San Pedro directories as the Barton. From 1930 through the 1946 directories it's the Barton Hill Theatre.  In 1949 and 1952 it's back to the Barton Theatre.

It had a fling as a theatre for live events toward the end and was then called the Star Theatre.

Status: Demolished. It evidently closed in 1952.

More Information:
  See the  Cinema Treasures page on the Barton Theatre.


Capitola Theatre

336 N. Avalon Blvd.  | map

Wilmington (Los Angeles), CA  90744

Dates: It's listed in the 1914 L.A. city directory as the Crystal, 330 Canal St. In the 1915 L.A. city directory it's the Crystal at 336 Canal.

In the 1923 Los Angeles city directory it's called the Paramount,  336 Canal. In the 1923 and 1924 San Pedro directories it's already the Capitola.  In the 1925 Los Angeles directory it's called the Capitola as well at 336 Canal.

Canal St. later got renamed Avalon Blvd.  The 1928 directory lists the address as on Avalon.

Status: Demolished

More Information:  See the Cinema Treasures page on the Capitola.


Empire Theatre


124 W. 5th St.  | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA  90731

Opened: Possibly 1917.  The Cinema Treasures page on the Globe Theatre has a 2009 post by Joe Vogel reporting that the "Empire Motion Picture Theatre" got an organ in 1917.

The address in the L.A. city directories varies -- in 1919 and 1921 at 124 W. 5th -- at 120 in 1921. In the 1923 L.A. city directory under "theatres" it's at 124 W. 5th. and at 122 W. 5th in under "motion picture theatres."

In the San Pedro directories it's at 124 in 1923 and 120 W. 5th in 1926 and 1928.

Status: Demolished.

Fisher's Theatre

Beacon & 4th   | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA 90731

Dates: Grand Vision Foundation's research lists just a 1910 date for this one. There's no other data at the moment.

Status: Demolished. This block of Beacon has disappeared into the Harbor Village Shopping Center.

Fox Cabrillo

115 W. 7th St.    | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA  90731

Opened:  November 15, 1923 as the Cabrillo. The building also contained stores and offices.

Architects:
Gabriel Meyer and Phillip Holler, Meyer & Holller

In the 1924 San Pedro directory "West Coast Theatres" was listed as in "rm 2." The San Pedro city directories list it as the Fox Cabrillo from 1930 through 1956. It's not in the 1957 edition.

Seating:
1,518 seats

Status:
Demolished in 1958. The site is now a parking lot.

More Information:
  See the Cinema Treasures  page on the Fox Cabrillo.  The Cinema Tour page has a photo from the Bob Meza collection.

    L.A. Public Library Photo Collection   

www.lapl.org


A 1945 view of the Fox Cabrillo in the Library's collection.
 full size view




A 1958 detail of the marquee and vertical sign. 
full size view



An undated view of the proscenium and the
asbestos curtain from the balcony.  Note the Skouras
era repainting on the area around the proscenium arch.
full size view

The photo above also appears in the AMPAS
 Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection.

Also in the Library's collection:
 | 1937 exterior -- "Off to the Races" |
 | closer proscenium view |

    Charmaine Zoe on Flickr   

www.flickr.com/photos/charmainezoe/



A 1923 opening night shot from Charmaine Zoe's
 Theatres: Stage and Movie set of over 700 photos culled
(mostly) from various issues of Motion Picture News.
Many volumes of Motion Picture News are
available on the Internet Archive.

Globe Theatre

204 W. 6th St.  | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA  90731

Opened: 1912. The Arcadia Publishing book "Theatres in Los Angeles" notes that this was Globe #5 -- the fifth in a chain operated by Globe Amusement Co.  It was running as a newsreel theatre c. 1930 and sustained heavy damage in the 1933 earthquake.

The Globe is in the 1914 L.A. city directory as at "6th nw cor Palos Verdes" and in the 1915 directory as 202 W. 6th. It's in the 1917 through 1922 L.A directories and the 1923 through 1959 San Pedro directories as at 204 W. 6th

Seating: 622 seats

Status:
Demolished.  John Kielbasa on LA Okay notes that it survived well into the 1960s and was demolished in 1971 as part of the redevelopment of the Beacon St. area.

More Information:  See the Cinema Treasures page on the Globe Theatre.  The page includes a link to a 1928 photo unearthed by Ken McIntyre. 

A PDF file in the LAPL archives from the San Pedro Bay Historical Society contains a c.1965 view (the same as the LA Okay photo) of the Globe down at the bottom of the document, mostly a history of the Cabrillo.

    B'hend and Kaufmann Collection   

digitalcollections.oscars.org/cdm


A 1943 look at the Globe Theatre acquired
from Marc Wanamaker.
full size view

The photo above also appears on page 122 of the Arcadia
Publishing book "Theatres in Los Angeles" as well as
on the Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.

The Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection is
part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collection.



A c.1944 view in the collection that was acquired from
Marc Wanamaker. "The Biggest Show The Smallest Price." 
full size view


    LA Okay   



This August 1965 view appears on the
LA Okay page "Extinct in LA"

Granada Theatre

632 N. Avalon Blvd.   | map

Wilmington (Los Angeles), CA   90744

Opened: 1926 as the West Coast Granada. Later it was known as as the Fox Granada and, in its Mexican film days, as the Teatro Granada.

Architect: W. J. McCormack

Seating: 994 more or less

Status: At last look the building was vacant and for sale. Until 2013 it was used as a church. The Granada closed as a film theatre in 1992.

More Information:
See our page on the Granada Theatre.

    Michelle Gerdes on Flickr   

www.flickr.com/photos/smgerdes


An exterior view taken by Michelle in 2010.
full size view

Lyric Theatre

Beacon between 5th & 6th  | map -- approximate - this block is gone

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA 90731

Not much data yet.
The Lyric Theatre was mentioned in a 2007 Cinema Treasures Cabrillo Theatre post by Joe Vogel.  Research by Grand Vision Foundation suggests it was just open in 1908.

More digging is needed. There seem to be no listings for it in the San Pedro city directories for 1908, 1923, 1924, 1926 or 1928.

Majestic Theatre

407 S. Beacon St.   | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA   90731

Dates: It's in the 1914, 1918 , 1199, and 1922 L.A. city directories as at 407 S. Beacon. In the 1915 and 1921 directories as at 409. It's in the 1923 San Pedro directory as at 407. The Majestic is not in the 1924 issue or later.

Status:
Demolished. This section of Beacon was vacated for development of the Harbor Village Shopping Center.

Royal Playhouse

1016 W. 7th St.  | map |  

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA   90731

This one gets a listing in the 1924 San Pedro city directory as "1016 N 7th", presumably a typo. Evidently it was a stock company.

Status: Nothing there now. This section of 7th is all residential.

San Pedro Drive In

1811 N. Gaffey St.  | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA   90744

Opened:  1949. Listed as at 1575 N. Gaffey in the 1952 and 1957 city directories.

Status:
Demolished

More Information:
 
See the Cinema Treasures  page on the San Pedro Drive-In.  The Los Angeles Public Library has a 1949 rendering

San Pedro Opera House

205 6th St.    | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA  90731

Opened: Perhaps opened as the Electric Theatre in 1907 at 205 6th St., according to research from the Grand Vision Foundation. It's listed in the 1908 San Pedro city directory as the San Pedro Opera House at 205 6th St. That puts it across the street from the Globe, at 204.

Grand Vision Foundation's research lists a 1906 date for the San Pedro Opera House with an address of 211 6th St. Thus it's unknown whether it was the Electric for a couple of years, then the Opera House. Or. opened as the Opera House and just assumed the Electric name for a year before reverting. And there's always the possibility that we're talking about two different venues.

Status: Demolished. This area has all been redeveloped.

More Information: The Electric Theatre was mentioned in a 2007 Cinema Treasures Cabrillo Theatre post by Joe Vogel.  The Electric is not listed in the 1908 or later city directories.

San Pedro Theatre Arts

501 S. Cabrillo St.  | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA   90731

Presumably a local theatre company.

It's listed in the 1959 San Pedro city directory.

Status: Nothing there. This area is all residential

Star Theatre

Beacon at 5th  | map |  

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA   90731

Dates: Listed in the 1908 San Pedro city directory as at Beacon and 5th.  H.M. Good was the manager at the time.  Grand Vision Foundation's research suggests it was open in 1907 with a 1922 closing.  But they also list it with an address of 264 5th, the address of the Auditorium. Mysteries.

Status: Demolished -- the area has been redeveloped.

Strand Theatre

1035 S. Pacific Ave.  | map |  

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA 90731

Opened: 1923 or earlier. It's listed in the 1923 San Pedro city directory as the  California Theatre, 1037 S. Pacific Ave. In the 1924 and 26 books it's the Mark Strand.

It's just the Strand Theatre from 1928 through 1940. In the 1946, 49, 52 and 57 directories it's listed as the Fox Strand. In 1959 it's back to being just the Strand at 1035 S. Pacific.

Seating: 844 seats

Status: Later twinned by Mann Theatres.Cosing date is unknown. It was a church by the 80s.  It has been demolished and is now a parking lot.

More Information:
  See the Cinema Treasures page on the Strand.  Also see the Strand Theatres discussion.

    American Classic Images   



A 1983 photo of the Strand in the
 American Classic Images collection.

    B'hend and Kaufmann Collection   

digitalcollections.oscars.org/cdm


The Ritz Brothers in "Kentucky Moonshine"
 at the Strand in 1938.
"The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" with Cary
Grant and Shirley Temple at the Strand in 1947. 
full size view  | on FB/LATheatres

The Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection is
part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collection.

    Photos of Los Angeles   

facebook.com/groups/244565982234863


Ken McIntyre discovered this 1937 Pacific Ave.
vista with the Strand over on the left. The theatre is
 running "You're Only Young Once" with Lewis Stone
 and Mickey Rooney.

Union Theatre

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA

No data yet.  The Union Theatre was mentioned in a 2007 Cinema Treasures Cabrillo Theatre post by Joe Vogel.

More digging is needed. There seem to be no listings for it in the San Pedro city directories for 1908, 1923, 1924, 1926 or 1928.

Victoria Theatre

115 W. 6th St.   | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA 90731

The Victoria is listed in the 1919 and 1921 L.A. city directories. It's in the 1923 and 1924 San Pedro city directories as at 115 W. 6th. In the 1926 issue it's listed as at 113.  It does not appear in the 1928 directory or later.

Status: Demolished. It's all new development on this stretch of 6th.

Warner Grand

478 W. 6th St.  | map

San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA  90731

Opened: January 20, 1931 as the Warner Bros. San Pedro with "Goin' Wild" with Joe E. Brown. In the 80's it was renamed the Warner Grand.  It's also been known as the  Warner and the Teatro Juarez.

The photo here of the vertical is from 2007. Click on it to enlarge.

Architect: B. Marcus Priteca, who also the Warner theatres in Huntington Park and Beverly Hills along with many other great theatres.

Seating: 1598

Status: It's been owned since 1996 by the City of Los Angeles. The Warner hosts live events and occasional screenings of foreign and classic films. The theatre is being gradually refurbished.

More information: See our Warner Grand page for more information and photos of the theatre.