Warner Theatre Huntington Park


6714 Pacific Blvd.  | map |  

Huntington Park, CA   90255

The News: It's probably going to be "adaptively reused" for retail or other non-theatrical occupancy. The owners got a variance for the work by a unanimous vote of the City of Huntington Park Historic Preservation Commission at a December 2014 meeting.

The City's Planning Commission approved the HPC resolution at a January 14, 2014 meeting. The City Council had 15 days to reverse the decision but no action was taken. See a report by the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation accompanying a photo on our LA Theatres Facebook page.

Bianca Barragan had a story for Curbed L.A. in December 2014: "Historic Warner Huntington Park Theater Could Get Dramatic Retail Renovation."

The theatre was purchased from Pacific Theatres in late 2013 and the new owners are looking for a tenant of some sort. It was listed on Loopnet as being for rent but the listing was later pulled. The broker is Brian Abdi at 310-275-9222. 

Keep in touch on Facebook with the latest information via the Friends of the Warner page and the I Support Warners Theatre in H.P. group.

Other recent press coverage includes Curbed L.A.'s "Here Are the First Photos in Decades..." and Hunter Kerhart's South on Spring essay "Warner Huntington Park Theatre - First Look in 80 Years."

Opened: November 19, 1930 with Joe E. Brown as the MC. The opening attraction was "The Life of the Party," a Vitaphone release in 2 strip Technicolor.

The Warner is just a block away from the Fox California Theatre.

Architect: B. Marcus Priteca, who also designed the Pantages (later Warner) downtown, the Warner Beverly Hills, the Warner Grand in San Pedro and the Pantages in Hollywood. Priteca was a Seattle based architect who designed hundreds of theatres all over the country.

Seating: 1,468

After Warner Bros. divested, the theatre was operated by Stanley Warner Corp and (from '68 on) Pacific Theatres.  The signage for years has advertised it as Warners. It has also been known as the Huntington Park and the Huntington.

The balcony was walled off in the 80's by Pacific Theatres and the twin was called Pacific's Warner 2.  In later years business was good as the theatre ran a lot of Spanish language and Spanish subtitled films in what was then a vibrant business area.

The City of Huntington Park declared the theatre a historic landmark in 2007. Their website has a page on the Warner.

Status: Closed upand dormant until the new owners find a tenant. The Warner was until a June 2013 sale still owned by Pacific Theatres/Robertson Properties. The City of Huntington Park considers the property a historic building so there may be restrictions on its reuse.

The building sold for $1,600,000 to Pacific Blvd. Holdings/Retail Management Corp. at 380-396 Los Angeles St., Los Angeles 90013. Their phone is 310-275-9222.  Another address given for Pacific Blvd. Holdings is 1301 S. Main St., Suite 206, Los Angeles 90015.

More Information: Hunter Kerhart has a fine 2014 post (with many of his fine photos) on his photography blog South On Spring.

See the Warner Huntington Park page on Cinema Treasures for lots of stories and exterior photos -- including several night views. The Cinema Tour page on the Warner Theatre has some 2004 exterior photos from the Ken Roe collection.

Robert Tower, a former projectionist at the Warner, has a set of exterior views from 2009 on Flickr. He recounts tales from his time at the theatre on the blog It Rains...You Get Wet.

A great 2009 photo of the tower.

photo: Mark Peacock. 

There's a full size view on Flickr. For more of Mark's terrific
work see his
Vintage Theatres photo set. Also visit Mark's
blog:
On the Road With Mark Peacock

A look at the facade from across the street.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

Another view from the north.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012

Yet another facade view.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012

A closeup of the entrance.

photo: Bill Counter

[ click on any of these photos to enlarge ]

A closer look at the ornament above the doors.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012


A detail of Priteca's art deco facade.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



Yet another facade detail.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



    Sean Ault Archives    


A lovely early 60s Christmas season photo looking south
on Pacific toward the Warner.  Thanks to L.A. transit
 historian Sean Ault for the photo.
 full size view
| on FB/LATheatres



    Downey Historical Conservancy   

flickr.com/photos/the_downey_conservancy

A view looking north on Pacific Blvd. The Warner
 is on the right. The California Theatre vertical sign
 can be glimpsed in the next block. It's from their
 Huntington Park set on Flickr.
full size view

The photo also appears on the
Friends Of The Warner Facebook page.




    Friends of the Warner    

www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheWarner



An undated Christmas parade shot looking
 north. The photographer is unknown.
A fine shot looking north on Pacific
 discovered on eBay by Jason Vega.



    Los Angeles Public Library    

www.lapl.org

Fashions have changed a bit in Huntington Park.
Here's a c.1937 view by Herman Schultheis.
full size view


A 1972 view of the exterior of
the Warner Huntington Park.
 full size view



A closer view of the facade,
again from 1972.
  full size view



    Noirish Los Angeles   

skyscraperpage.com/forum/showthread.php?t=170279



A 50s postcard view looking north on Pacific. It's part of
Wayne Poe's Noirish Los Angeles post #16310 about Huntington
 Park. 
That's the Warner with its vertical lit up on the right.
full size view


Wayne found the card somewhere in the
collection of Ozfan22 on Flickr. It also appears on
 the Friends Of The Warner Facebook page.



    Melissa Judith Rosales on FB   

www.facebook.com/Gorgeous.Judie



A 1931 shot with participants in some sort of
"talking contest" at the Warner to celebrate talking
pictures at the theatre. The feature film is
 "Seed," a May 1931 release.
full size view | on Melissa's FB page




Pacific Blvd. in the 50s as we
look north toward the Warner.
full size view | on Melissa's FB page

Thanks, Melissa!  And thanks also to Jason Vega,
 of Friends of the Warner, for spotting these.




    Theatres in Los Angeles   

by Suzanne Tarbell Cooper, Amy Ronnebeck
Hall and Marc Wanamaker.
Arcadia Publishing, 2008.

on arcadia's site | google preview | buy on Amazon


A 1934 view of the Warner running
 "Mandalay" with Kay Francis.
on Google Books

The photo also appears on the
Facebook page Friends of the Warner.





A street view of the newly opened
 Warner Huntington Park.

photo: Bill Housos collection - 1930


Thanks, Bill, for the amazing photos!
He notes that he purchased the photos of the Warner from the
 Theatre Historical Society several decades ago. They also appear
(with lots of comments) on our L.A. Theatres Facebook page:

 |
exterior | auditorium rear | proscenium | lobby |

[ click any of these photos to enlarge ]



The Warner's marquee lit for the first time in decades.

photo: Victor Hugo - February 2015

Thanks, Victor!


A look along the sidewalk from the south.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012


Another facade view.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012


The view south along the Warner's facade.


photo: Bill Counter - 2007


The top of the tower.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012

A facade detail.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

Another Priteca facade detail.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

A terrazzo detail - 2007 photo.

photo: Bill Counter



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    Agility Nut   

www.agilitynut.com/theatres/ca.html


A look at the Warner facade in Debra Jane's collection.
It's on her
page 6 of her California Theatres set. 
full size view

Also in her collection:
 |  vertical sign detail  |


    Architect and Engineer    

archive.org/stream/architectenginee11333san


The Warner got its photo in the April 1933 issue of Architect
 and Engineer.
"The building is of reinforced concrete and was
undamaged by the earthquake of March 10, 1933. Signs in front
 announce auditorium safe for occupancy by order of Municipal
 Building Department. Photograph taken after the quake."



    Bryan Diaz on Facebook    

www.facebook.com/bryan.d.diaz


An ominous 2014 look up at the skies
above the doomed Warner Theatre.
A look up the vertical from Bryan Diaz.
Thanks to Jason Vega for spotting these!



    I Support The Warners Theatre in H.P.    

facebook.com/groups/111050622246982



A fine 1994 view up the vertical of the Warner on
the I Support the Warners Theatre Facebook page.
full size view



    Eric Lynxwiler on Flickr   

www.flickr.com/photos/79761301@N00/

A view of the signage in August 2007. It's from
Eric's wonderful Los Angeles Theatres set.
full size view

A view of the display cases.
 full size view

Also in the Los Angeles Theatres Set:
 |  entrance  |  marquee soffit  |  facade looking up  |
from across the street top of the tower  |
 |  side tower detail  |


    Movie Palaces   

SURVIVORS OF AN ELEGANT ERA

by Ave Pildas (photos)  and Lucinda Smith (text)
Foreword by King Vidor

Clarkston N. Potter, New York, 1980
Hennessey + Ingalls, Santa Monica, 2000
ISBN: 0940512254

buy the book:
 | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |

A nice shot of the Warner boxoffice c.1980
by Mr. Pildas from his book "Movie Palaces".

Mr. Pildas' book has lots of great shots
 of other Los Angeles Theatres.




    Photos of Los Angeles   

www.facebook.com/groups/244565982234863



A photo appearing on Ken McIntyre's Photos of
Los Angeles gives us a look at the Warner as we
look north on Pacific in 1963.
 
full size view

The photo is from the collection of the
Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society.


A Christmas season photo of the Warner added
to Photos of Los Angeles by Robert Mora.
full size view | PoLA



    George Tate on Instagram   

instagram.com/georgetatephoto



A lovely 1956 look north on Pacific with the
Warner running "The Man Who Knew Too Much."
 full size view | on Instagram

The Instagram George Tate portfolio has
many other lovely mid-century views.


Thanks to Jason Vega for spotting this one. Check out
the Friends of the Warner Facebook page he curates.



more warner huntington park pages:
| lobby areas | auditorium | projection |
| stage | basement |