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Opened in 1920, the California Theatre (listed as the Warner Brothers California Theatre in 1931) closed in 1962.
It was used as a concert hall as recently as 2002. Huge mural on the side of the building – photo can be found here:
Last year or so, there were due to be a series of events put on by UCLA in the Los Angeles, the Orpheum and the Palace. The Orpheum was just fine, Gilmore shut the Palace down, and the Los Angeles was revealed not to have had a fire curtain(!), which led the fire marshals to shut it down indefinitely. Just watching “Charlie’s Angels II: Full Throttle”, it’s very funny at the end to see the characters hop in a sportscar directly outside of Grauman’s Chinese, and in the next scene magically appear just outside the Orpheum, drive past the Tower (heading south, of course), back past the Orpheum repeatedly, and then crash into the main stage of the Los Angeles! At least they made Broadway at night look dishy and cosmopolitan; would’ve been funny to see this scene set in the other Broadway theatre district (nearer South Central, comprising the theatres Aloha, Kiva, etc.).
I appreciate the quick response in updating this listing, but does this mean that someone can excise the now-extraneous information in my original post?
During the early- to mid-1980s, this house screened Spanish-language pornography. The realtor alleged that, in its heyday, the neon marquee could be seen from higher elevations in Ventura, the next city to the north of the theatre. The facade is still intact and, theoretically, the marquee could be lit again.
The Cinema Twin is indeed a second-run theatre now; three auditoriums and tickets for $3. A modest little crackerbox directly in front of an old drive-in theatre now closed. The address is 6050 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117.
Always fun to wander into this theatre during the Los Angeles Conservancy’s “Last Remaining Seats” Broadway tour on Sundays, but they’ll chase you out right quick if you let slip that you aren’t really there because of the Jesus. It’s in beautiful shape on the inside, though…this may also be the same Iglesia Universal outfit that runs the old Granada Theatre on Avalon Boulevard.
The seats have all been removed from this theatre. The fellow who owns it now is very nice (works in sound design for films), and occasionally hosts events for non-profits and the like. Haven’t been seen anything happening here for quite some time, though.
Every time I drive by, it seems to be some kind of daycare(!) situation in the lobby. Shall investigate further.
It’s great that the theatre remains there, but the screening rooms are truly tiny – almost uncomfortably so.
The letters spelling out “Globe” have been removed from the marquee out front but the globe itself remains. Possibly the current club owners had something to do with this. Conversely, the removal of the letters makes it much easier to see “Morosco Theater” printed on the masonry directly above the marquee.
I’m more than willing to check various libraries to plumb their city directories and find out exact addresses for these Southern California theatres. In fact, that’s what I’ve been doing recently – there are so many more theatres in that area that haven’t been put into this site. For example, the theatres in the Broadway area of Los Angeles (nearer to South Central) have been mostly converted to various houses of worship. At least the buildings themselves haven’t been torn down…
The marquee of this theatre can be seen in the early half of “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”, with the program “Cartoon Cavalcade” showing.