Nu Wilshire Theatre

1314 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90403

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Opened: 1931 by Fox as the Wilshire. Twinned in 1977 (down the middle) by Mann Theatres. 

Starting in the early 90s it was operated by Landmark Theatres who called it the NuWilshire to go with their Nuart venue. The signage, however, continued to say just "Wilshire.".

Architect: John Montgomery Cooper, who also designed the Roxie Theatre downtown.

Seating: Originally 1189. Later it was reseated. As a twin it had 317 + 307.

Status: Closed November 2007.  The facade was landmarked by the City of Santa Monica in 2008.

In March, 2009 the interior was gutted and converted to retail space. There's an article in the Santa Monica Daily Press about the conversion.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page for lots of data. And go to Cinema Tour for a few more photos including lobby and booth views. Googiesque on Flickr has some nice exteriors.

The entrance in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

A facade detail.

photo: Bill Counter

[ click any of these to enlarge ]

The west side of the building in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

    Cole Martin on Flickr

A 2009 look at the marquee of the
then-abandoned Wilshire Theatre.
full size view

The photo above also appears as part of a 2012
story on LAist -- "Ghosts of Movie Houses Past."

   Corey Miller on Flickr    

A 2010 view of the NuWilshire marquee.
full size view

It's one of many great views in
Corey Miller's
"Theatre Signs" set. 

    Santa Monica Public Library

A view of the Nu Wilshire facade in
 1992 from the Library's collection. It's a
photo by Leslie Heumann & Associates.
full size view

A view of the NuWilshire in 2007.

photo: Bill Counter

[ click any of these to enlarge ]

A view of the in 2010 ready for retail tenants.

photo: Bill Counter

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    Cinema Tour

A 2007 look at the lobby by Nick Illes. 
full size view

Check out the page on the NuWilshire for more
photos, including another lobby view and a booth shot.

   L.A. Public Library Collection

A photo of the exterior from 1938
from the Library's collection.

Anyone for playing Magic Screen?
 full size image

A view prior to opening in 1930.
 full size view

A 1979 view of the theatre by Anne Laskey. 
full size view

Also in the collection:
| another 1979 facade view - Anne Laskey  |

   Photos of Los Angeles

Several marquee details added by Ken McIntyre
to the Photos of Los Angeles collection. 
full size viewon LATheatres.blogspot