Vern Theatre

2811 E. Olympic Blvd.    | map |

Los Angeles, CA   90023

Opened: 1940

Architect:  S. Charles Lee.

The UCLA S. Charles Lee archive notes: "Lee developed a simplified design which relied on the porthole motif to evoke the streamlined character of the great ocean liners of the era."

The neighborhood near the theatre was once called Wyvernwood.

Seating: 800

Status: This Boyle Heights theatre is now being used as a catering hall and event facility called Don Quixote. Closing date as a theatre is unknown.  Don Quixote on Facebook

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Vern Theatre. Cinema Tour has a page on the Vern but with little information.

    UCLA - S. Charles Lee Papers |

A 1941 view of the exterior of the Vern.
It's a Julius Schulman photo, although not
credited in the UCLA collection.
full size view

On the rear of the photo it is noted: "Exterior, surfaced
 form concrete. Modern in appearance, it is three tones
 in color. The ribbed portion was created by casting
concrete against corrugated forms."

The Vern at night. The photo is uncredited.

A lobby view in the UCLA archives. 
full size view

A look toward the screen. 
full size view

A closer proscenium shot.

Also in the S.C. Lee Papers collection:

  | candy counter | boxoffice |
| poster cases - actually the Vogue, South Gate |

The boxoffice shot and slightly different versions of the day exterior and
auditorium rear photos appear in the Getty Research Institute's Julius
Schulman collection. They have it indexed as his Job "Lee-V."  Thanks to
Hoss C for including them in his Noirish Los Angeles post #33158.

The Vern Theatre building as a banquet hall. 

photo: Bill Counter - 2012

[ click on the photo to enlarge ]

The Don Quixote has received a more
stylish grey paint job since the photo.

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    Ken McIntyre on Photobucket

Intrepid theatre photographer Ken has a number
of views of the Vern Theatre from 2007 and 2008
 linked on the Cinema Treasures page for the
Vern Theatre. This shot is from 2007.
full size view | on Photobucket

    Don Quixote on Facebook   

An interior view from the catering hall's Facebook page.