Fairfax Cinemas

7907 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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William
William on January 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm

The original Fairfax theatre was a long house back before the triplexing. The theatre being built back in 1929, only got limited remodeling during the it’s life with Fox West Coast Theatres. When CinemaScope can out, the theatre’s screen did not get larger. Like wider theatres, it got smaller with the masking coming down from the top.

Bway
Bway on January 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Ahhh, thanks so much, very interesting. So the smaller theaters are actually the two back corners of the real auditorium. That’s what I couldn’t figure out, as the main theater looked “normal”, it’s just that it’s “shorter” now. It does keep the aesthetics of cutting a theater up. Best of both worlds…

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on January 24, 2010 at 1:16 am

The two smaller theaters are the back of the old theater, turning the front into the main auditorium. Now there’s a long hallway that runs between the small auditoriums to reach the main. They also had to extend the projection room out over the small theaters to serve the main auditorium. It’s an interesting solution to turning a single screener into a multi-screen facility — one that avoids the problem of throwing off the symmetry by dividing it down the middle. Plus they still have one good sized screen.

Bway
Bway on January 24, 2010 at 1:07 am

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 21, 2010 at 3:14 am

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 8:31 pm

“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 7:39 pm

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 7:22 pm

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 10:06 pm

There is a Facebook group for this theatre now:
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markinthedark
markinthedark on August 9, 2009 at 1:12 am

Would be sad to lose the Fairfax.

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Thanks for the photos.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm

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 3:45 pm

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 25, 2009 at 8:58 am

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 5:39 pm

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

vokoban
vokoban on October 6, 2008 at 6:57 pm

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 24, 2008 at 5:11 am

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 24, 2008 at 4:15 am

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 7:57 pm

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.