Beverly Canon Theatre


205 N. Canon Dr.   | map

Beverly Hills, CA 90210 

Opened: November 22, 1946 as the Hitching Post Theatre. The opening was attended by Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Trigger (among other celebrities). A crowd of 2,000 turned out.



This is evidently the only surviving look at the theatre with its
 original Hitching Post signage. It was taken at the 1946 grand
opening, where Roy Rogers rode up to the theatre on Trigger.

full size view

The December 7, 1946 issue of Boxoffice magazine had an article on the opening where they noted that this venue was the fifth under the Hitching post name for the local ABC Circuit, no relation to the later nationwide ABC Paramount circuit. The article included several photos, but none showed the building itself.

There were other Hitching Post theatres in Hollywood and Santa Monica.
And supposedly in Pasadena and Long Beach as well but city directories for those cities have not turned up any theatres operating under the Hitching Post name.

Architect: 
Unknown

Seating:  500

Status: Demolished in 2005.

History: By early 1947 the theatre was on a split week basis with westerns on the weekends and newsreels mid-week. By April 1947 the newsreels were gone and ABC was calling the theatre the Beverly Canon. The programs were then single features and shorts with western matinees on the weekends.

By 1949 the Beverly Canon was on an art house policy.

During the 60s the Beverly Canon was operated by the Walter Reade circuit of New York as one of L.A.'s premiere art houses. Reade also operated the Music Hall Theatre.

The theatre also had a revival policy for awhile and later was operated as a soft core porno venue by Select Theatres.

Starting in 1976 it was used as a legitimate playhouse. For part of that time it was operated by the Solari Theatre Ensemble and known as the Solari Theatre (1980).

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Beverly Canon for some nice stories about the theatre. 

Cinema Treasures researcher Joe Vogel unearthed the article about the opening in Boxoffice magazine as well as lots of other data.


  


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A 1950 view of the Beverly Canon from Kimberly
Vinokur Reiss. The theatre is running "Trio," a film
based on three stories by W. Somerset Maugham.
full size view

The photo can also be seen as a post by
Kimberly on the
LAHTF Facebook page


     L.A. Public Library Photo Collection    

 www.lapl.org



A 1958 view from the Library's collection.
 full size view