Warner Beverly Hills Theater

9404 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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regisgoat on August 4, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Re: the secret movie from 1969: What a great come on, eh? It turns out that “Succubus” (aka Getraumte Sunden—what does it mean in German?) is the movie in question. I know it’s Succubus because I called the phone number…how could my 11 year old self resist.

Patsy on July 14, 2007 at 8:29 pm

I just answered my own question after reading that this beautiful art deco theatre was demolished.

Patsy on July 14, 2007 at 8:28 pm

All of the b/w photos of this truly beautiful art deco Warner theatre are spectacular.

Patsy on July 14, 2007 at 8:27 pm

After viewing the b/w photo with this theatre link does it still have that beautiful marquee?

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Holy moley. This chick’s filmography is impressive. I can’t tell which weird film was the secret one in 1969, but here is a sample, from the imdb:

Janine Reynaud

Getraumte Sunden (USA title – Succubus) 1968
Im Schloss der blutigen Begierde (Castle of Bloody Lust) 1968
Rote Lippen, Sadoerotica (aka Red Lips, aka Sadist Erotica) 1969
Kuss mich, Monster (Kiss Me, Monster) 1969
Wie Kurz ist die Zeit zu Lieben (How Short is the Time for Love) 1970
Je suis une nymphomane (no translation necessary) 1970

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Strange ad from the LA Times, dated 5/10/69:

This motion picture is the story of a kind of a woman you may not have known even existed. Because of the unusual nature of the title, we suggest that you call 278-8790 for the title, then check your dictionary for the full meaning so you will not be surprised by the sophisticated subject matter of this film. This motion picture is rated x, for adults, naturally.

Starring Janine Reynaud and Jack Taylor
Directed by Jess Franco
Screenplay by Pier A. Caminneci

Exclusive Engagement – Pacific’s Beverly Hills Theatre (formerly Warner Beverly Theater)
9404 Wishire at Canon Drive

Patsy on September 2, 2006 at 4:28 pm

Such a shame that this Warner in Beverly Hills CA was demolished as it was the the site of the original LA premiere for the film, Lawrence of Arabia.

haineshisway on February 12, 2006 at 8:42 pm

I, too, loved the Warner BH. Saw Lawrence there, of course. The last film I saw there was Swashbuckler, but by then it was in a sad state of affairs.

stevebob on November 5, 2005 at 12:42 am

In ken mc’s first pic, notice the painted sign on the side of the building that says “The Pride of Beverly Hills”. Yeah, right. Once upon a time.

TVCelebrity90210 on November 2, 2005 at 11:30 am

beatleMANIA later The Motown25 Revue with The Four Tops and The Temptations with LIVE performances, performed as many as 4 times a day! We went to every performance. I was co-owner of the Beverly Hills Diner at 206 South Beverly Drive as my Mom and Dad owned the world famous Beverly Hills Liquor Castle at 212 South Beverly Drive, all in Beverly Hills. YES, in 1989, The Stanley Warner Theater (Canon Drive and Wilshire Blvd.) is long gone and most who grew up here, miss it! I worked as an usher, floor manager and later assistant manager under Robert Blankenship (Robert was a VERY kind and caring man!) from age 13-17 1965-1969. I still have my double breasted mustard/green ushers waistcoat with gold buttons. Zsa Zsa Gabor laughed “ You look like a young Jerry Lewis” to me at the Ship of Fools Premiere in 1965 Directed by Stanley Kramer!
The Beverly Theater on Wilshire and Beverly Drive (demolished in Octiber 2005) is another foolish loss on the part of the Beverly Hills community. It was the movie industry that brought the attention, money and celebritie’s/people to Beverly Hills. How easily it ALL was forgotten!!! Shame on those who let this happen! Respectfully; David Harrison Levi Anyone know the whereabouts of Robert Blankenship? He worked at the Beverly Hills Hotel for a time then later went I heard, to Paramount Pictures or Universal Studios.

stevebob on November 2, 2005 at 10:49 am

I’m not sure in what year the City of Beverly Hills changed the regulations with regard to signage, but the oil derrick-style tower on top of the building survived into the Pacific years. The WARNER letters were capped to spell out PACIFIC in the same manner as atop the Warner Cinerama/Hollywood Pacific.

stevebob on October 27, 2005 at 12:27 am

The unfortunate confusion is compounded by the fact that the Warner (later Pacific) Beverly Hills Theater was indeed known as The Beverly in its last years, as a couple of earlier comments mention. It was a venue for live music acts, and could have continued as a splendid mid-sized concert hall.

I saw Parliament/Funkadelic there in the early 1980s. And though that act wasn’t necessarily representative of the bookings, I can just imagine the civic leaders in a tizzy over the element that the live shows brought to downtown B.H.

BhillH20 on October 26, 2005 at 3:39 pm

Apparently, some readers are confusing this art deco Warner Beverly Hills theater with the onion-shaped domed Beverly theater.

TVCelebrity90210 on October 21, 2005 at 4:28 pm

IF You grew up in Beverly Hills or remember Beverly Hills in “better times” There’s a great photograph of the Beverly Theater (demolished) note: Thrifty Drug Stores on Canon Drive and Wilshire Blvds, today on Dayton Way and Canon Drive Rite-Aid Stores! Kiddy corner to Thrifty Drug Stores WAS the Stanley Warner Movie Theater! (demolished!) David Harrison Levi here: http://www.yesterdayla.com/Graphics/beverly2.jpg

jennilong on October 21, 2005 at 11:29 am

Thanks you for your comments and corrections, I’ll post on the appropriate page!

And thank-you William for letting me know your experiences and I’m interested to hear more if you wouldn’t mind telling me? For example what type of strange things happened at late night as they may be worth investigating when we are there. And what dates were you projectionist? If you would like to email me please do so .uk, I do hope and look forward to hearing from you again, many thanks
Jenni Long, www.Twofourgroup.com

William on October 21, 2005 at 11:19 am

When I worked the Warner Hollywood (Pacific 1,2,3), late night strange things would happen in the theatre. I was the last regular projectionist to work the theatre before Pacific closed it.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 21, 2005 at 9:53 am

Jenni; This is the wrong theatre and it has now been demolished. It seems you are seeking out information on the Warner Pacific 1,2,3, Hollywood, which is located on Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA. and has its own seperate listing here on Cinema Treasures. However I must point out that Rita Hayworth made most of her films for Columbia Pictures which would not have been played at a Warner Brothers first run theatre.

jennilong on October 21, 2005 at 9:29 am


I work as researcher for a UK production company called Twofour Productions who produce a series called Dead Famous which is a biographical look into the lives of Hollywood’s most glittering stars we are in our third series and have covered the lives of John Lennon, Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Buddy Holly and Howard Hughes to name a few. Our programme is aired on the Biography and A&E channels over in the US and is made for Living TV here in the UK. What sets Dead Famous apart from other shows is that we also focus on the paranormal and actually try to make contact with the person who we are investigating. We are filming in Los Angeles in our next visit in the next few weeks and we are investigating Rita Hayworth and are hoping to film at the Warner Hollywood Pacific Theatre on .

We are looking at locations relating to Hayworthâ€\s films and her time in LA and we also would like to incorporate this with filming at some haunted locations that are also relate to her. Which is why we are interested with in the theatre as it is where the famous stars attended their film premieres and is also apparently haunted by Sam Warner!

Therefore I am emailing Cinema Treasures to see if anyone knows anymore about the history of the theatre in connection with Rita Hayworth, and whether anyone worked there in the past and has had experiences of seeing Sam.

If anyone would like to provide any information please contact me at my email .uk I would be happy to hear from you.

All the Best.

TVCelebrity90210 on October 13, 2005 at 9:59 pm

Once Upon a time in the fabled City of Beverly Hills, stood a monument of golden structure, a theater made of gold gilt and neon tubing, the grandeur and magnificence ONLY read about in books, with its handcrafted ceilings and exotic chandeliers, a marquee tower that stretched high into the starlit skies', that could be seen for miles around. As the king and court jesters spoke of preservation of our beloved city of Camelot, the property as referred by, on Canon Drive and Wilshire Blvd’s., once a star on Hollywood’s “A LIST” and upon entertainment history, and in the hearts of many, to which memories are made of, was taken DOWN and with it, the shattered childhood memories that are forever etched upon our hearts. Some, as I, cried as we saw the bulldozers do their work! Regretting the decisions made, … As the story goes … the future held great wealth from decisions past … On October 1st 2005 The Beverly Theater on Wilshire and Beverly Drive with its onion shaped dome and romantic Middle Eastern motif was once AGAIN, proof positive, that our future has NO hold on sentimental days nor romantic nights, nor the loss or sadness we may feel, nor the neglect upon our heritage or the historic values, these monuments hold in their destruction. Making way for new generations, new memories, new dreams? I say “NOT!” … As we close our fairytale story, much like others in other towns and cities' around the good ole' USA… All the kings horses and all the kings men, couldn’t put sense into this unfair, unjust act cast upon historical landmark treasure’s! To the generations to come, IF ONLY, You could have shared the beauty within their walls, IF ONLY You could have seen these palace’s through my eyes, and the loss to the entertainment and historical societies' and to our collapsing culture as a whole, and the sadness left in the hearts of many! I was one of the lucky one’s, I lived the dream! Rest In Peace, With a heavy heart, Fondly I remain, David Harrison Levi – Beverly Hills 90210

Lee on June 10, 2005 at 7:11 pm

Before HBO, heavyweight boxing title fights were satellite fed to various large capacity theatres, the Pacific Beverly Hills among them. Several of the seats in the center of the theatre were removed to accumulate the satellite equipment. I worked the Ali-Forman title fight in 1974. The house was sold out. This was the “Rope a Dope” fight which Ali won. At the end, we had a bunch of pissed off people who spent considerable cash for a half hour of boxing.

johnmontgomery on May 4, 2005 at 8:29 am

I remember seeing LAWRENCE OF ARABIA here when I was 11. I probably saw it with my family first, but I returned six separate times over the course of its roadshow engagement. In those days, I lived in Santa Monica off of San Vicente on Lincoln and would take a bus up to the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire then walk the rest of the way. I often went to the evening show, which let out somewhere around 11 pm, I believe then had to walk back to the bus stop where I hoped to catch one of the last buses home. Often as not I missed the bus and would call my parents to come pick me up. Meanwhile I continued to sit on the bus stop sometimes until midnight. Now, imagine letting your 11 year-old-son travel from Beverly Hills at that hour, and compare it to today’s conditions, where you don’t dare let your kids out of the backyard! In those days neither I or my parents had any fear I’d been kidnapped or molested, and we all felt I was perfectly safe. Those were the days!

I also saw BECKET here—LAWRENCE made me a die-hard fan of Peter O'Toole’s and I always had enormous respect for Burton (I often wrote and acted in plays both in elementary and junior high school, so that I was probably one of the only kids my age in SoCal public schools who would watch something like Burton’s HAMLET and listen to the complete recording of the play over and over again; and what kid around my age was into something like NIGHT OF THE IGUANA??).

Finally, I also saw LORD JIM here, a rather widely over-looked film that I nevertheless found compelling enough that it helped inspire an interest in lost ruins and hence a career as an art historian.

Coate on April 26, 2005 at 10:38 pm

70mm engagements at the Stanley-Warner Beverly Hills (aka Pacific Beverly Hills):

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Title (Premiere Date)
RSE = Reserved Seat Engagement

Lawrence Of Arabia (Dec. 21, 1962; RSE)
Becket (Mar. 18, 1964; RSE)
Lord Jim (Mar. 4, 1965; RSE)
The Flight Of The Phoenix (Feb. 2, 1966; 70mm unconfirmed)
The Taming Of The Shrew (Mar. 21, 1967; RSE; 70mm unconfirmed)
Julius Caesar (Sep. 22, 1970; RSE; 70mm unconfirmed)
Ryan’s Daughter (Nov. 17, 1970)
Mary, Queen Of Scots (Dec. 22, 1971)

Re-Issue/Second Run/Move-Over/Return Engagements include:
Doctor Zhivago (1968, 1970)
Patton (1970; RSE)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1969; RSE)
The Sound Of Music (1973)
Gone With The Wind (1974)