Fox La Brea Theatre

857 S. La Brea Ave.   | map |

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Opened: 1926

Architect:  Richard D. King designed the building for A.C. Blumenthal. It started as Chotiner's La Brea. Fox Theatres was a later lessee, calling it the Fox La Brea.

Seating:  1,200 was the seating initially advertised, 900 later, 640 after re-seating with rockers in 1960.

History: The La Brea closed around 1955.

In 1960 Robert Kronerberg of Manhattan Films and Dan Sonney of Sonney Amusement Enterprises rescued the boarded up theatre and did a full remodel including redecorating, new screen and drapes, new seats and new booth gear. They called it the Art La Brea and reopened with Ingmar Bergman's "Brink of Life."

By March 1962 (perhaps earlier) it had become the Toho La Brea Theatre, running Japanese films. Bruce Kimmel reports that the week of March 21, 1962 the theatre was running the Japanese films "Challenge To Live" and Playboy President." The Toho management lasted at least until 1974.

Status:  It's now a Korean church.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Fox La Brea Theatre for all sorts of interesting data from various researchers. There are also links to many exterior photos of the La Brea.  They have it listed as the Toho Theatre.

    Cinema Treasures    

A view added by Bill Gabel to the Cinema
Treasures page on the Fox LaBrea. 
full size view | on Cinema Treasures

    Theatres in Los Angeles    

by Suzanne Tarbell Cooper,
Amy Ronnebeck Hall and Marc Wanamaker.
Arcadia Publishing, 2008. | google books preview

A 1932 look at the Fox La Brea from Marc
Wanamaker's Bison Archives appears on
page 50 of "Theatres in Los Angeles."
full size view

    USC Archives

The La Brea in 1926 when it was still a part of
 the Chotiner circuit. It's a photo by the
Dick Whittington Studio.
full size view

Thank to Godzilla for finding this set of photos in
the USC collection and including this one
 on his Noirish Los Angeles post #17461.

A view of the Fox La Brea Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010
[ click to enlarge ]

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A 1960 lobby view.
The renovated La Brea Theatre
was featured in the Modern Theatre section of the
 June 6, 1960 issue of Boxoffice.

The inner lobby at the back of the auditorium.

The rear of the auditorium.

A stage view from the Boxoffice Modern
Theatre section of May 9, 1960.
full size view

Thanks to Joe Vogel and Ken McIntyre
 for locating the Boxoffice articles.