710 S. Alvarado St. | map |
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Architect: Original architect is unknown.
Status: The building was gutted and is now being used for retail.
History: S. Charles Lee did a remodel in 1936. The theatre went to adult films in the 60s as the Park Theatre.
It was twinned and and returned to mainstream fare in the 70s. It closed in 1986.
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Alvarado Theatre for a few stories.
Ken Roe has contributed some nice historical information to the Alvarado Theatre page on Cinema Tour.
Was this the Westlake Theatre in 1914? There was a Westlake Theatre advertising in 1914 as being on "S.
Alvarado near 7th St." It's unknown if it was this building, the Theatre De Luxe at 654 S. Alvarado St., or yet another building.
Theatre at 638 S. Alvarado dates from 1926.
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UCLA - S. Charles Lee Papers
The facade after the1936 remodel by S. Charles Lee.
The former Alvarado Theatre building.
photo: Bill Counter - 2010
There is nothing of interest left either inside or out.
[ click either of these to enlarge ]
A view of the building after closing as the Park Theatre.
Gary Graver - undated
(1938-2006) was a filmmaker and cinematographer.
Over several decades he took
many photos of theatres in Los Angeles and
Portland, OR. More can
be seen on You Tube: "Second Run - part 1"
Run - part 2." Thanks to Sean Graver for use of the photo.
Photos of Los Angeles
A look at the corner of 7th & Alvarado in
1927. Note the theatre over on the right
with signage on its sidewall. full size view
Thanks to Robert Klaus for finding
the image in the USC Archives.
A detail of the theatre from the USC photo.