X 1 & 2 Theaters

5959 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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RobertR
RobertR on March 15, 2005 at 8:50 am

I wonder why my above introduction was edited after all this time?

TomWillett
TomWillett on February 11, 2005 at 11:45 am

Thanks, Christian,

I took the picture. I am the webmaster for http://www.myhollywoodstar.com I used to go to that theater in the 1980s when they had double features. I also worked outside the building as an movie extra. That was probably an episode of Hollywood Beat.

I worked with Johnny Legend in Bug Buster. There is a scene with the band, Trailer Park Trash. That is Johnny and Melba Toast on vocals. Johnny on sax. Myself on keyboard and a drummer.

I believe that theater is near the Free Clinic. It has been empty for a long time.

Tom Willett

trooperboots
trooperboots on February 1, 2005 at 10:18 pm

I found a great current photo of this theater….

http://www.myhollywoodstar.com/Emptyshowx.jpg

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 21, 2005 at 10:49 am

Peterson publishing (R&C, Motor Life) was at this address in the ‘50s unless the street addresses were renumbered.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 21, 2005 at 10:42 am

The link is interesting because it also has 2 shots of the world theater from 1972 and 1971. In the earlier shot, you can see the “X” theater and marquee. The “X” is not on the building yet and the sign is different appearing to have a 2 word name but unless somebody wants to pay for the pic it’s too small to make out. The marquee is definitely displaying a program. This would have been the approximate time I saw “The Music Lovers” and “Husbands”. It seems it was not called the “X” back then.

William
William on January 21, 2005 at 10:35 am

The theatre just west of this would have been a better choice for a revival house. The old World Theatre (formerly the Marcal Theatre) on Hollywood Blvd..

RobertR
RobertR on January 21, 2005 at 9:59 am

View link

This picture shows the X in it’s glory days

RobertR
RobertR on December 13, 2004 at 5:58 am

This would make a good revival house.

RobertR
RobertR on December 6, 2004 at 4:28 pm

What condition is this place on the inside?

meheuck
meheuck on November 29, 2004 at 2:47 pm

I’ve always heard Johnny Legend and others refer to this theatre as the “Hawaiian Gardens” (which always threw me because this place is nowhere near the actual L.A. suburb of Hawaiian Gardens). I suppose that was a tie-in to the popular Florentine Gardens nightclub next door.
Now that there is a dustup involving the city wanting to seize the Florentine Gardens property for a new fire station, does anyone know if that would include this building as well?

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on November 29, 2004 at 1:56 pm

The building still stands, including the badly damaged marquee, however the large X is gone. The whole thing is whitewashed and boarded up. A real eyesore.

RobertR
RobertR on October 19, 2004 at 9:35 am

The giant X was almost a landmark, a symbol of the crazy 70’s when porn co-existed beside studioe releases.

br91975
br91975 on October 19, 2004 at 9:23 am

Any idea what condition the X 1 & 2’s interior (and, for that matter, the exterior) is in?

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on October 19, 2004 at 9:12 am

I can remember seeing a double bill of “Husbands” and “The Music Lovers” in the theater on the right side. I do not remember what, if anything, was playing in the other house. I do recall seeing the Johnny Legend show displayed at least once on the marquee. This is across the street from the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater.

RobertR
RobertR on October 19, 2004 at 7:22 am

Yes, is the giant X still there?

GaryParks
GaryParks on October 16, 2004 at 9:55 am

Is this the theatre which had a huge neon “X” outside?

meheuck
meheuck on October 11, 2004 at 2:20 am

In the early ‘90’s, cult musician/wrestling promoter/Andy Kaufman collaborator Johnny Legend presented movie events on one of the screens of the X, which I believe was renamed the Hawaiian Gardens to tie in with the Florentine Gardens nightclub that was next door. Legend says that at least once, the manager of the place got violent with him, which explains why his movie nights did not go on for very long.
At last look, the building is still standing, if someone felt brave enough to give it another go. No clue on who owns the property though.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on October 8, 2004 at 6:58 pm

This theatre is located at 5959 Hollywood Boulevard.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on October 8, 2004 at 4:58 am

Exterior of theater and ticket booth can be seen in the 1981 film Exhausted(which PT Anderson used as his inspiration for the 1997 film Boogie Nights). Carlos Tobalina also ran the Mayan theater as an XXX house in the 1970’s.