Music Hall Theatre

    
9036 Wilshire Blvd.   | map |  

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(310) 478-3836

Website:   www.laemmle.com   |  laemmle on facebook  |


Opened: 1936 as the Elite Theatre.

Architect:  Wilfred P. Verity

Seating:  824 as a single. It's now down to 499 (142 + 98 + 259).

Status:  Now a triplex running artie first runs under the Laemmle circuit management.

Laemmle topper Greg Laemmle announced in March, 2011 that the chain had secured at least a one year lease extension from their landlord. Business is down due to competition from the Grove, ArcLight and Landmark complexes.  Ellen Lutwak detailed the problems in a 2010 Beverly Hills Patch story.  The chain is looking for feedback from their customers about ways to increase attendance.

History: Operated in the 40s as one of four "Music Hall Theatres" which frequently ran the same bookings. The others were the Tower Theatre downtown (then called the Music Hall), the Holly Theatre in Hollywood and the Hawaii (aka Hawaii Music Hall).



Cinema Treasures researcher Ken McIntyre
came up with a 1948 ad for the "Music Hall"
group on his Photobucket album. 

Between 1950 and 1956 it was  a TV studio operated by KLAC-TV. Some seats were removed and a lighting grid and control room installed. The theatre was the home of "The Liberace Show" on NBC from 1953 to 1955 and also "Life With Elizabeth" with Betty White.

In 1956 it again was a movie house. During the 60s and into the 70s it was operated by the Walter Reade circuit of New York as one of L.A.'s premiere art houses. Reade also operated the Beverly Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Granada Theatre at 9000 Sunset Blvd..



An 1970 ad for the Walter Reade circuit
located by Ken McIntyre. It's on his
Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.

In the early 70s it became part of the Laemmle circuit. It was triplexed in the 90s.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Music Hall for links to more exterior photos some additional historical detail.

 


 A view of the theatre looking east.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

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A view from the corner. 

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

Note the art deco spire here on the retail space
matches the one on the front of the theatre.




  


A view of the theatre from 2007.

photo: Bill Counter

 
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     American Classic Images    

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A great 1984 night view in the American
Classic
Images collection. 
full size view


Also in the collection:
 |  1982 day view  |



    Hollywood Historic Photos    

www.hollywoodhistoricphotos.com



A 1962 look at the Music Hall in the
Hollywood Historic Photos collection.

larger viewmore Beverly Hills photos



    Laemmle Theatres website     

www.laemmle.com



A view of the lobby on the Laemmle website.




An auditorium view.



    You Are Here    

you-are-here.com/theatre



A look at the Music Hall and
west along Wilshire by Martin.
full size view