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. The theatre's location was 3 1/2 blocks north of Wilshire.
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. See our blogspot posts on Smith for views of a few more of his many projects.
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 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
The photo is one of a series of 19 shots taken
on Western between 3rd and Olympic.
A 1927 Dick Whittington Studio
photo looking north from 3rd.
The Embassy Theatre and Edy Williams in 1970.
photo: Larry Darian collectionThanks, Larry!
An 80s view of the Embassy after closing.
photo: Gary Graver
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 - 2009.
Thanks, Don! And thanks to Hillsman Wright of the Los Angeles Historic
Theatre Foundation for sending the photo our way. It was taken by Don
as part of a Los Angeles Conservancy survey of extant theatre buildings
in Los Angeles.The LAHTF is active in preserving the historic theatres
of Los Angeles and regularly sponsors events and tours.
www.lahtf.org | LAHTF on Facebook
American Classic Images
A 1983 view in the American Classic
full size view
A 1965 look at the Embassy on eBay. It's
the announcement of Lippert Theatres
reopening the house.
full size view
"Available for the showing of elegant films."
Thanks to theatre researcher Michelle
Gerdes for finding the ad on eBay!