La Petite / Dreamland / Lyric Theatre

227 3rd St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

This is a downtown Santa Monica address but we've had a bit of street renumbering. We're assuming that the 227 and 1434 3rd St. addresses are same building.

The La Petite was running in 1907 and 1908 with both plays and films.

Santa Monica Outlook mentions the 227 3rd St. location in various stories from March 1907 through January, 1908.

This this 3rd St. venue kept operating even after an Ocean Park La Petite Theatre opened in the Ocean Park Auditorium Building in 1908.

Outlook frequently ran lists of advertisers. In July 1908, for example, there's are listings for both the "La Petite, Third" and the "La Petite, Venice of America."

The Santa Monica Outlook of February 9, 1909 mentions that the "little 3rd St. playhouse" was packed to capacity the previous night.

1434 3rd St.
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Santa Monica, CA  90401 

By March, 1909 the 3rd St. La Petite was listing an address of 1434 3rd St.

The Santa Monica Outlook of June 14, 1909 ran a story about the La Petite Theatre at 1434 3rd St. changing hands. A.S. Hall and M. H. Wyman are the new proprietors. After a remodel, the new owners called it the Dreamland Theatre.

Sometime in 1909 or 1910 it became the Lyric Theatre
. As the Lyric it was running movies and vaudeville into 1914.  They ran lots of ads in the Santa Monica Outlook and evidently everybody knew where it was as the ads always said only "3rd Street".  The listings in the 1911 and 1913/14 directories have it as the Lyric at 1434 3rd St.

The July 5, 1910 Outlook had an article noting that Fred J. House was selling the theatre to a Mr. O.E. Loudy.

The Outlook on December 2, 1910 again ran an article about a sale. Mr. Loudy was selling to an unnamed buyer.

In 1911 the ads noted that the management was "O'Brien and Shamafelt."

The Outlook ran a front page story January 29, 1913 with the headline "CLOSE CALL IN LYRIC THEATRE."  It was a tale of an officer getting nudged, his revolver falling to the floor and discharging.

The theatre suffered "an ugly hole in wall and ceiling" and a female patron got shot in the leg. Officers henceforth will have to check their firearms at the boxoffice. 

In the 1913-14 city directory, the Lyric is listed with an Alfred Benson as manager.

Closing: Unknown.  It seems to have been subdivided and converted to retail by 1919. In the 1919-20 city directory 1432 3rd St. is listed as a bakery, 1426 is listed as a market. The building was later demolished.

More Information:

See our listings for the Ocean Park La Petite Theatre on the Venice and Ocean Park Theatres page of our Los Angeles Movie Palaces site.

Also See Joe Vogel's research on the theatre on
Cinema Treasures.