1008 S. Western Ave. @ Olympic | map
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Opened: December 29, 1925 with Norma Talmadge's "Graustark" as the initial feature. The stage show featured Charlie Nelson and his Playboys. When the theatre opened it was advertised as at 10th and Western. West 10th was later renamed Olympic Blvd. to promote the 1932 Olympic Games.
The December 29, 1925 L.A. Times ad.
Thanks to Noir City Dame for digging out the ads.
She featured these and various Uptown photos
on her Noirish Los Angeles post #33919.
The theatre was initially operated by West Coast Theatres, which soon after became Fox West Coast. In the 1929 city directory it's listed as the West Coast Uptown. The location, five blocks south of Wilshire, later put the Uptown into competition with the Warner Bros. house at Wilshire and Western, the Wiltern.
The area southeast of Wilshire and Western was once an 80 acre ranch owned by the Pellissier family. When they subdivided the property for housing, they dubbed the area "Uptown." The family, and their realtor Henry de Roulet, later were involved in building the Wiltern.
Architect: Lewis A. Smith. See our blogspot posts for more theatres designed by the prolific Mr. Smith -- he did a lot of Fox West Coast projects.
Seating: Estimates vary from 1,600 to 1,715.
Status: Last operated by National General Corporation. It was demolished in the mid-60s. The site was redeveloped for a Ralph's market.
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Fox Uptown Theatre for everything that is known about the building. The architect also did a lot of other designs for West Coast Theatres. See the Cinema Treasures list of other projects by L.A. Smith.
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It's from the collection of Jeff Bridges (aka Vokoban). He's
got it in his Flickr collection. The photo also appears as
a post by Stephen Russo on Vintage Los Angeles.
UCLA Daily News Collection
We're at Christy's Drive-In at 10th (later renamed Olympic)
& Western in 1937. In the window we see the reflection of
the Uptown vertical. It's a Daily News photo.
full size view | on the UCLA site
An August 1937 Daily News photo of a carhop
at Christy's gives us a view of the uptown in the
background. They're running "New Faces
of 1937" and "They Gave Him a Gun."
Thanks to Noir City Dame for spotting the
photos in the UCLA collection. She has them
on her Noirish Los Angeles post #33916.
USC Archives digitallibrary.usc.edu
A view c.1926 looking north on Western Ave. from
Pico. The Uptown is in the distance on the east side of Western.
full size viewLooking east on Olympic Blvd (S.R. 173) in
1940. It's a photo from the Automobile Club of Southern
full size view