Toho La Brea Theatre

857 S. La Brea Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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kencmcintyre on July 29, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Here is a 1970 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on July 29, 2007 at 1:10 pm

That was easy enough. Thanks.

kencmcintyre on July 29, 2007 at 12:23 pm

Great. I assumed that I needed a password. I will check it out.

vokoban on July 29, 2007 at 10:43 am

ken mc….you’re right but i still was able to connect. When I did the dropdown to Historical LA Times it went to a strange log in page and automatically put the account name of IPAUTO in the box. I just put any password and hit ‘connect’ and it worked. There’s a bunch of stuff about copyright issues on the log in page, so maybe they just want to force people to read it before they can log in. Let me know if you’re successful.

kencmcintyre on July 28, 2007 at 9:48 pm

Paging vokoban – it looks like the loophole has been closed on the LA Library archive. Let me know if there’s another way in. Thanks.

kencmcintyre on July 25, 2007 at 1:08 pm

I should put the photos on a disk today or tomorrow. Yesterday I went down Pico and then up Western. The most interesting theater was the Union on 24th Street. A nice little theater in the middle of nowhere.

vokoban on July 25, 2007 at 12:58 pm

When our little group went in the docent told us to hide our cameras because the church people would freak out but you’re a rebel.

kencmcintyre on July 25, 2007 at 12:35 pm

I did ask if I could take pictures, but no one spoke English. How am I supposed to know cameras are prohibited?

vokoban on July 25, 2007 at 12:17 pm

I’ve been in the State on the walking tour but they were very serious about NO CAMERAS…..probably because they painted everything white and put up those disgusting stained glass crucifixes where the organ pipes should be!

kencmcintyre on July 25, 2007 at 12:11 pm

I did that with the State theater downtown, even took a few pictures until I was admonished. That was on a weekday, though.

vokoban on July 25, 2007 at 11:55 am

I live near here and walk by this building frequently…maybe someday I’ll get up my nerve and walk in there on a Sunday just to see what’s left inside.

kencmcintyre on July 25, 2007 at 11:35 am

This is a Korean church now.

kencmcintyre on June 8, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Advertised as Toho La Brea on 9/15/74 – feature was “Sword of Vengeance, Part 5”.

LouisRugani on July 19, 2006 at 5:59 am

The blank La Brea marquee was briefly featured in a 1960s television documentary (maybe “Hollywood and the Stars”?) about the effects of television on movies.

vokoban on July 18, 2006 at 9:06 am

I took some good photos of this building a few weeks ago. If anyone wants them I’ll send.

kencmcintyre on July 18, 2006 at 8:42 am

I actually posted that photo on the correct page a while ago. My bad.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 17, 2006 at 8:13 pm

Ken: The view in the picture to which you linked is east along Wilshire, and the theatre depicted is the Fox Ritz.

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2006 at 6:08 pm

This 1931 photo from the LA library is captioned “Wilshire & La Brea”. Is that close enough to 9th to assume that this is the theater?

vokoban on June 21, 2006 at 12:31 pm

Here’s and article about the original plans for this theater from the LA Times.

(March 15, 1925)
La Brea avenue is soon to boast its first. Announcement of plans for the new playhouse, which will cost $150,000, were made yesterday by A.C. Blumenthal, who has just completed negotiations for the purchase of the northwest corner of Ninth street and La Brea avenue. The site has a frontage on La Brea of 140 feet, with a Ninth-street frontage of 134 feet. According to architectural and engineering plans which Mr. Blumenthal is now having prepared, the new structure will contain a theater auditorium to seat 1200 people in addition to nine large store rooms. The theater will be of the latest “Class A” construction containing the latest theatrical inovations, including a fifty-foot stage. A.C. Blumenthal & Co. Inc., also announce leases closed for the account of William Fox on the Norton leasehold on Hill street, between Sixth and Seventh streets. Calling for a gross rental of $125,000, Leighton Industries, Inc., has secured a five-year lease on the store-room at 618 South Hill street.

William on November 12, 2003 at 6:45 pm

The Fox La Brea Theatre is located at La Brea & 9th Street.

Bill H
Bill H on August 27, 2002 at 9:41 pm

Opened in 1926, this former movie house was designed by Richard D. King. It is located at 857 South La Brea Avenue.