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Bah. The comment about your memory was not meant as a derogatory one. The addresses of both theatres were given as Crenshaw / Pacific Coast Highway – you’re more likely to find gas stations opposite each other on street corners than theatres. I miss the Parasol, too!
Ruben’s Garment Cutting currently resides at 3817 Whittier Boulevard.
This building either houses Estella’s Jewelry or the Unique Dollar Store (which implies that some of the theatre was preserved in some way).
Theatres in East Los Angeles you may have known and / or loved:
Alameda Theatre / United Artists Theatre
Boulevard Theatre / New Boulevard
The Center Theatre
Swickard’s Strand Theatre / The Strand Theatre
The sixth photograph down is that of the Denali Theatre marquee fter a massive earthquake and landslide: View link
Someone saw that it shared an address with this theatre and expunged it from the record. It seemed like the same theatre, I guess. Unfortunate – with all the negative publicity surrounding this theatre – that we still don’t know its actual street address. Occasionally the board will eat comments – a whole bunch got lost during the board update; I’m just glad that my current mania for southern California theatres drove me to save the comments for each theatre before the board updated!
In 1964, Life Magazine had an article about homosexuals in San Francisco, in which photographs of the interior of this building were published – it was a gay bar known as the Jumping Frog at that time.
Apparently still laboring under the “adult sex shop” banner, this is now called the Art Theatre and is still open.
It’s now the Ruby Skye nightclub. A recent photograph of the marquee can be found here: http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2_ruby_skye.jpg
A name rivaled only by the old Sho-Mor Theatre in Los Angeles!
The wall dividing the balcony was removed earlier last year and those screens were removed; they’re currently showing art of some kind in the lobby so it’s kind of open.
The previous comment might seem as if the Wilshire has suddenly been demolished, but happily – not the case. He’s talking about the Warner in Beverly Hills.
They just sent me a recent photograph of the theatre – it looks awesome; there’s going to be a marquee-lighting ceremony sometime soon. Change this to “Open / Renovating / Restoring” – there’ll be a little party at 4 p.m. on January 2 to unveil the new theatre look.
Let it be noted that this Brentwood is in the East Bay region of northern California (near Fremont), and should not be confused with the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.
This theatre was indeed renamed the Colony Theatre at one point in the 1940s.
It’s still there. You kind of have to know where to look, though.
Well, gee whiz – couldn’t you take that one insular little memory that was mistakenly included under the United Artists theatre entry that just got axed, and put it in here?
That roof sign is gone (where do you put something like that, anyway?) but the theatre’s still there, albeit gated and boarded up. I wonder if there’s been more strides made in renovating it?
Not too long ago, the guy who was renovating the Oasis Historical Theatre in Pasadena was looking at taking this one on, too.
I see in your future…a trip to the downtown Los Angeles Central Library…
They usually mosey through the comments sometime during the day. Squeaky wheel, grease, etc. The theatre’s in walking distance of every other theatre in Westwood, too.
Shouldn’t this be listed as being located in Westwood, not Los Angeles?
Okay, I’ll be less rhetorical: this was never a member of the Mann Theatres chain.
The Center Theatre was located at either 4760 or 4762 Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles.
The building could still stand. Everyone thinks the Alpine Theatre in Alpine Village has been demolished, but it’s still there – you just have to know where to look!