Fairfax Cinemas

7907 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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Bway
Bway on January 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm

What are the two smaller theaters carved out of? Was the main auditorium cut up into the three auditoriums, or were the two smaller ones carved out of other areas of the theater?

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on January 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Closed for the next nine days, for repairs due to the recent rains in Los Angeles. I wonder if the owner will use this as the excuse to kick everyone out and start turning the building into condos.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on January 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

“It is a poor example of the architecture of the time and style.”

So why are they saving the facade?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

I’ve seen a movie there, so am familiar with the theater. It is NOT a poor example of a Roaring 20’s movie palace!

cnichols
cnichols on January 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

CURBED

“…—"Based upon preliminary research regarding the site, it has been
determined that the Fairfax Theater is not listed on the Federal, State or Local Register of Historic Buildings or Places. The building is not the work product of a master architect nor is it the masterpiece of the architect who designed it. It is a poor example of the architecture of the time and style. No notable events occurred at the theater…”

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socal09
socal09 on January 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

There is a Facebook group for this theatre now:
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markinthedark
markinthedark on August 8, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Would be sad to lose the Fairfax.

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 5:20 am

Thanks for the photos.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 30, 2009 at 10:24 am

Here are some photos taken yesterday. The old ads are gone from the back wall.
http://tinyurl.com/ce5pnf
http://tinyurl.com/d5zwyp
http://tinyurl.com/c87obw

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 25, 2009 at 5:45 am

The last time I was in this theater was for the Israeli film festival a few years ago. It sounds like the theater has gone downhill since then. Too bad. This area has been gentrifying, especially Fairfax between Beverly and Melrose.

mistertopps
mistertopps on February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm

This theatre is in such sad shape. During a rainy day, I recently went to see the film Milk. Unfortunately, it was also raining inside the theatre. 70% of the auditorium was caution taped off because of the rain. Partway through the film, a tile fell from the ceiling. The sound is really dreadful – especially the dialogue. Not crisp at all – we had to really strain to discern what was being said.

Even as a discount house – it’s not at all worth it. Head to the Academy in Pasadena.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 10, 2008 at 7:39 am

A one handed photo taken Friday night. It is what it is:
http://tinyurl.com/6lon9w

vokoban
vokoban on October 6, 2008 at 7:57 am

I’ve been there a few times and there’s a strange musty smell in the theater. Has anyone else smelled it? I’m glad the building is intact. I wish they wouldn’t have installed those horrible sliding aluminum windows on the front. Yuck.

vokoban
vokoban on July 23, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Actually, the shot of the theater sign is from Gilmore Stadium which would have been where CBS and the Grove stands now.

vokoban
vokoban on July 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm

I was just watching a Three Stooges short called Three Little Pigskins from 1934 and you can see the Fairfax Theatre sign sticking up over and behind the football stadium. I assume the scene was shot at Fairfax High School.

MichaelM
MichaelM on February 27, 2008 at 9:57 am

Back in the early 70’s, the Fairfax was usually the only theater in the area to run Disney films. Our audiences (mostly kids), and the grosses, were huge. Once, during the run of Robin Hood (animated) Wendy, the cashier, oversold by nearly 50 tickets and nobody noticed. Part of the fun of going to the Fairfax had nothing to do with the film. The wide aisles were perfect for running amok and the stage (fully functional after a brief run of Oh Calcutta) was ideal for impromptu performances.

As the Assistant Manager under Eugene Wydra, part of my job was to make sure the little darlings didn’t kill themselves. Thankfully, the head usher, Jay Abramson, had little use for rude kids and their obnoxious parents.

On the plus side, I learned a lot about diplomacy and crowd control. We had a great staff of smart, loyal and hard working kids who would do anything I asked. One of them, Wendy Widlus, is now with the Attorney General’s office. I’m sure the others have gone on to bigger and better things.

Celebs liked the Fairfax. Natalie Wood often brought her daughter, along with several neighborhood kids, and couldn’t have been nicer. John Lennon came in shortly before I left. He was with a pretty Asian girl (NOT Yoko) and seemed disappointed that only a couple of us recognized him.

There seems to be some question about when the theater was built. Down in the basement, there was an enormous “air circulator” that was installed and certified in 1930.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm

William C. Pennell was also the architect of the Strand Theatre, built in 1921 at Vernon and Broadway. Though the L.A. library’s California Index contains multiple references to Pennell having been the partner of prolific theatre architect L.A. Smith during 1920, I can find no confirmation that they ever collaborated on any completed theatre project. They were hired to design a large theatre on 6th Street in San Pedro, but that project apparently remained unbuilt.

Earlier in his career, Pennell had been in partnership with another, even more famous, Los Angeles architect, John C. Austin. During the early 1910s they collaborated on numerous projects, including several churches and a few schools with auditoriums. Their partnership had ended by 1917, when Pennell was mentioned in the press as having opened a new office. Austin went on to participate in the design of numerous Los Angeles landmarks, including City Hall, the Griffith Planetarium, and Shrine Auditorium. Pennell remains so little known that almost all the references to him in the California Index are in citations of his partners, Smith or Austin.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 28, 2008 at 9:27 pm

It turns out that the other movie touted in the theatre’s poster case with “Sally” (in this photo), “Clancy at the Bat”, also dates from 1929. Apparently “You-Are_Here” got the theatre’s opening date right, and Cinema Treasures has it wrong. But Metzger and his partners must have been among the pioneers of double features if they were running them in 1929.

nickb
nickb on January 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Re. Ben’s question last August about the screening of ‘Sally’ and the theater’s opening date:

The Los Angeles Times carried a news story on June 2 1929 about the groundbreaking for a Beverly Boulevard Playhouse; Theater and Store Buildings Will Be Erected Within 90 Days… There’s a nice artist’s sketch, too.

The Fairfax Theater Company Inc was run by Gus A Metzger, Harry Srere and Charles A Nichthauser, the first two of whom also built the Roxie on Broadway in 1931. The designer was Vermont avenue architect WC Pennell.