Warner Huntington Park

6714 Pacific Boulevard,
Huntington Park, CA 90255

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millermike on November 19, 2008 at 4:33 am

I remember that working there at that time as a doorman. People came out mad and demanded there money back. Most tickets were prepaid, so they couldnt refund the money, but they said to come back in the next weeks and get a full refund. They started the regular show to cool off the people, but that didnt work. It was scary.

kencmcintyre on November 18, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Here is an excerpt from an LA Times story dated 9/18/54:

Huntington Park police were alerted to stand by for a possible riot last night after a giant picture tube burned out during the closed circuit telecast of the Marciano-Charles fight at the Stanley Warner Theater.

The theater’s screen went blank at the start of the eighth round, before the knockout. Admission money had to be refunded. Paramount Downtown played to 85% of capacity. Fox Wilshire, Orpheum and Warners Downtown all reported 75% of capacity.

kencmcintyre on September 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Here is a December 1950 ad from the LA Times:

retrocool on November 30, 2007 at 5:06 pm

Wow! That is an awesome old theater! My Grandfather was there for the grand opening.

kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 10:30 am

I took some photos yesterday, which I will post later. There is a “For Lease” sign out front. The marquee has some holes in it. This theater has seen better days.

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 1:20 pm

This article is dated 11/24/29 from the LA Times. The Bank of Italy later became Bank of America.

Warners to Build Theater

Huntington Park – Probability that Warner Brothers will erect a theater here was indicated in the purchase this week of two lots on Pacific Boulevard at a price approximating $100,000. The lots which have a combined frontage of 114 feet and depth of 150 feet were owned by James O. Clutter of Los Angeles and George A. Law of San Clemente. It was reported that the purchase was made for the purpose of acquiring a theater site.

The two lots are centrally located on the east side of Pacific Boulevard south of the Chamber of Commerce offices and opposite the Montgomery Ward building. The are also near the site of the proposed Bank of Italy building.

teecee on April 29, 2007 at 6:45 am

Is this the theater featured near the end of “Ask the Dust”?
I know that most of the movie was shot in South Africa but the imdb lists LA as another filming location. Perhaps the interior shots were somewhere else but there is a brief shot of a Warner marquee.

barrygoodkin on July 8, 2006 at 6:35 pm

The Huntington Park Warner Theatre opened on November 19, 1930 according to research by Jimmie Hicks. Joe E. Brown was master of ceremonies. The opening film wa “The Life of the Party,” a Vitaphone film in Technicolor.

SpikeSpiegel6262044 on March 13, 2006 at 10:01 am

The outside of it is so pretty, it reminds me of the Warner Theater in Torrington. If only the community can get together and fix it up, now that would be nice.

kencmcintyre on February 6, 2006 at 3:01 pm

There was an interview in the LA Times today with a Mr. Deramo, a chamber of commerce official. He discussed the possible purchase of the building by the city, but for a youth center, not a live theater. That would mean extensive remodeling and gutting of the interior, if it hasn’t been gutted already.

millermike on January 31, 2006 at 1:27 am

Warners should be restored like their sister theatre in San Pedro. Makes me sad to see it closed, few times i’ve seen it in years. Brings back memories going there. Worked as a door man in the 50’s going to high school. Jack Warner used to preview his upcoming movies there.

lawrencethomas on December 21, 2005 at 4:58 pm

The Warner Theater in Huntington Park still stands proudly along Pacific Boulevard, the crown jewel of a mostly Art Deco-Moderne style downtown that was built in the 1920’s and 1930’s and remains surprisingly intact. The City of Huntington Park is attempting to buy the theater from it’s present owner, with intentions of turning it into a playhouse or special event theater. In spite of the fact that it has been empty for years, the Warner is probably the handsomest still-standing former movie palace in Southern California.

janepeepshow on December 7, 2005 at 1:37 pm

Any plans on restoring The Warner? Can’t let a beautiful theater go to waste, it’s a mess! Every time i see it makes me wonder if there’s any thing inside it, old stuff? They should restore it and make it into a museum or play old films but knowing how the people are in the city i don’t think it’d be much success. Anybody agree?

cswa913102 on November 4, 2005 at 8:26 pm

Yeah, thats “The Boulevard” back in the day, all right.

cswa913102 on October 24, 2005 at 8:49 pm

I remember the Warner, the Park and the California in their better days from when I worked on Pacific Boulevard, from 1969-1975.

I also recall going to the Liberty/Bell/Alcazar on Gage Avenue in Bell in 1969, though I seem to recall it being known as the Alamo at that time; faulty memory, perhaps.

When I was a kid, I lived in San Francisco, and probably went to nearly every Saturday matinee at the Castro from 1958-1962. It was only 20 cents to get in, and maybe another 20 cents for soda AND popcorn.

MagicLantern on September 22, 2004 at 1:19 pm

Also known as the Huntington Theatre, the Huntington Park, and Pacific Warners 2.

William on February 23, 2004 at 5:30 pm

The Warner Huntington Park Theatre originaly seated 1468 people.

William on February 23, 2004 at 5:28 pm

Its been about alittle over 20 years since this theatre’s auditorium was intact. When this theatre was twinned, Pacific Theatres made two theatres one downstairs and one in the former balcony. Out of the three theatres only the Warner San Pedro Theatre (Warner Grand Theatre) survives in a intact state. In its later years ran Spanish films on one of it’s screens and the other English films with Spanish subtitles. During the 80-90’s the Warner Huntington Park and the near-by California Tri-plex and the Park twin theatres would play to packed houses on weekends. All three theatre would play the same main feature. They were all within two blocks of each other. The old Fox California would play all english. The Park would play english with spanish subtitles and the Warner would play the english features with spanish subtitles. The only chandeliers were in the lobby areas and under the balcony. The main ceiling fixture in the upstairs theatre was a fixed art-deco design with hidden lights. Pacific Theatres would replace original light fixtures with newer tamperproof fixtures and leave the originals to be discarded.

cnichols on February 2, 2004 at 6:51 pm

The address is posted above on all these listings. It’s strange that this question gets asked so often. I was there yesterday and the exterior is still intact, but closed. Heard a rumor that the chandeliers were recently sold off…

cyclonebob on February 2, 2003 at 3:50 pm

anyone know the address of this theater

BHousos on March 1, 2002 at 9:29 pm

An Art Deco motion picture palace. The auditorium is still intact and has a multilayered ceiling and hidden lights. Opened in 1930. The architect was B. Marcus Priteca.