803 S. Vermont Ave. | map
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Opened: In 1922 as the Roosevelt Theatre.
Architects: A. R. Walker & P. A. Eisen designed the original building as a single floor structure.
History: In 1922 the Chotiner Co. acquired property next door to the theatre as a parking lot. Later they remodeled the theatre and the retail spaces.
In a 1923 Paramount ad it's listed as the Roosevelt, 8th & Vermont. Chotiner Bros. offices are listed at 805 S. Vermont in the 1923 city directory. The theatre itself is listed at 805 in the 1929 directory with the offices at 3000 W. 8th.
The design for the 1930 deco style remodeling (which added a second floor to the building) was Richard D. King. The theatre was known after the remodeling as Chotiner's Parisian. Max Chotiner also operated the Ravenna Theatre, farther north on Vermont.
Later it was operated by Fox West Coast as the Fox
Parisian. It became an art venue, still under FWC management, in the
The Parisian closed around 1958. The lobby was then used as a dining room space by a restaurant that had started in the corner retail space and later expanded after the theatre closed.
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Fox Parisian for all the known information. Joe Vogel has, as usual, done some nifty research on the building.
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Tom B'hend & Preston Kaufmann Collection
A 1936 look at the entrance to the Parisian by
Peerless Photo Service. The theatre is running
"Magnificent Obsession" and "Petticoat Fever." The
photo came from the Johnny Bresnik collection.
full size view | on FB/LATheatres
The Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection is
part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collection.
Los Angeles Public Library
A 1936 shot looking east on 8th St. from the
Library's Blackstock Negative collection.That's
the back of the Fox Parisian over on the right.
full size view
A 1950 view south on Vermont from 8th. As a
streetcar rounds the corner we get a look at
the north end of the Parisian's marquee.
photo: Sean Ault Archive by Osiris Press.
Also in Sean's collection:
| another similar "Gunfighter" view |
[ click on the photos for larger views ]
A 1950s view looking west on 8th from Vermont.
photo: Sean Ault Archives by Osiris Press.
In the shadows on the left we get a look at the vertical
sign on the side of the building for the Parisian.
Thanks, Sean! Sean Ault is a noted historian of transit
in the Los Angeles area. You can see many more items
from his Osiris Press transit archive on YouTube.
Jeff Bridges on Flickr
Cinema Treasures researcher Jeff Bridges (aka Vokoban)
has in his talented sleuthing unearthed this rendering of the
Roosevelt/Parisian. The drawing is from the L.A. Times of Feb. 5,
A view of the Parisian with the 1930s deco facade. It was on the Cinema Treasures page devoted to the Parisian from the John Chappell collection.
Sorry. I didn't save a copy -- and now it's gone.