Alex Theatre

216 N. Brand Boulevard,
Glendale, CA 91203

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Trolleyguy on January 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Last night, on the CBS crime program “Criminal Minds,” the Alex was featured in one segment. The show was supposed to be taking place in Chula Vista, yet the teen girls in it had gone to this movie theater, which was shown in a couple of shots.

Pretty ambitious to travel 135 miles to Glendale just to see a movie and meet some boys.

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Lost Memory on November 21, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Here is a more recent night view.

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Lost Memory on September 29, 2007 at 7:09 pm

This is circa 1941 view of the Alex marquee.

kencmcintyre on September 9, 2007 at 9:49 pm

Here is an October 1938 ad from the LA Times:

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Lost Memory on August 23, 2007 at 11:49 am

Another recent photo of the Alex Theater can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on August 5, 2007 at 7:07 pm

This is a more recent photo of the Alex Theater.

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Lost Memory on July 19, 2007 at 5:52 pm

A recent close-up of the marquee can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on July 13, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Here is a recent night view of the Alex Theater.

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Lost Memory on January 31, 2007 at 1:21 pm

As posted by William on Jan 9, 2004, the 1925 theater building architects were Arthur G. Lindley & Charles R. Selkirk. The 1940 marquee & tower architect was S. Charles Lee.

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Lost Memory on January 11, 2007 at 8:55 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996

Alexander Theatre (added 1996 – Building – #96000102)
Also known as Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Et al., Lindley & Selkirk Associates
Architectural Style: Classical Revival, Moderne, Art Deco
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Local Gov’t
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

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Lost Memory on September 9, 2006 at 9:48 am

There are some recent photos of the Alex theater at this link. Click each photo to expand it.

Senorsock on June 17, 2006 at 8:17 pm

Took one of the official tours of the theater today and it was a good two hours of information and well worth seeing. The theater is in great shape. They have made some changes to the original auditorium: in order to expand rest rooms and provide handicapped access, they changed the rake of the main floor and in the process lost several hundred seats. Ditto for the balcony which also has been reconfigured so the total seating is about 600-700 less than the Alex’s original capacity.
The guide also told us that the Alex was supposed to be home to the pipe organ saved from San Francisco’s famous Fox theater. They had purchased the organ and had planned to put it in when they discovered it was too large for the space they had available and so they subsequently sold it to Disney where it now plays at the El Cap.
The Alex is just about the only survivor of what used to be theater row in Glendale. As late as the 1980’s they used to have “dollar Tuesdays” at all the theaters: Roxy, Glendale, Capitol, Alex, etc. At least they saved the best one.

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Lost Memory on November 4, 2005 at 4:12 pm

More photos of the Alex Theater can be seen here.

Hibi on October 5, 2005 at 8:35 am

Talk about Phallic symbols. LOL!

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Lost Memory on September 15, 2005 at 6:50 am

This is an early 1940’s photo of the Alex Theater.

teecee on June 9, 2005 at 11:32 am

To St. Louis, MO:

You can buy a print at this link
you’ll need to scroll back to the home page for ordering information.

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Patsy on May 4, 2005 at 7:24 pm

This theatre has certainly made national news with it being mentioned on the ABC Primetime show, Fallen Idol! The style is listed as ‘unknown’, but it appears to have an atmospheric interior.

DavidT on April 30, 2005 at 8:56 pm

1937 view of the Alex (then Alexander) stage. LAPL collection.

br91975 on December 14, 2004 at 5:13 pm

The exterior of the Alex is highly visible in a new commercial for the Nissan Murano.