331 S. Western Ave. | map |
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Opened: October 20,1921 as the Wilshire Theatre and operated by West Coast Theatres. Jackie Coogan was in charge of the dedication.
It's still listed as the Wilshire in the 1929 city directory.
Sometime before the new Fox
Wilshire Theatre at 8440 Wilshire opened in 1930 this one was renamed the Embassy, and was also known as the Fox Embassy.
It got a remodel in the 60s by Lippert Theatres. Into the 80s it ran 3rd run films, Indian movies and Filipino movies.
Architect: Lewis A. Smith
Status: Rebuilt as as retail.
More Information: Everything we know about the Embassy is from the Cinema Treasures page on the theatre. Also see their listing on 28 other theatres designed by L.A. Smith.
There was also an earlier Wilshire Theatre at 143 S. Western.
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A 1983 view in the American Classic
full size view
A glimpse of the facade of the Wilshire is
visible in this detail from a c.1924 USC image.
We're looking north on Western Ave. full size view
A view of the Embassy after closing.
photo: Gary Graver - undated
Graver was a filmmaker and cinematographer who
many photos of historic theatres. More can
be seen on
YouTube:"Second Run - part 1"
Run - part 2."
Thanks to Sean Graver for use of the photo.
[ click on either of these photos to enlarge ]
The Embassy after a rebuild.
photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Founsation - c.2009.
The LAHTF is active in preserving the historic theatres
of Los Angeles and regularly sponsors events and tours.
www.lahtf.org | LAHTF on Facebook
A 1965 look at the Embassy on eBay from Bill's Box.
"Available for the showing of elegant films."
Thanks to theatre researcher Michelle
Gerdes for finding the ad on eBay!