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Tom DeLay’s comment of October 5, 2005, says that the organ for the Hippodrome was shipped on February 28, 1920. If it went directly to the theater then the Hippodrome was most likely opened in that year. The Crest’s official web site gives no date for construction of the Hippodrome, but only says that it converted from vaudeville to movies in the late 1920s.
The Crest web site also says that the Hippodrome’s predecessor theater, the Empress, was built in 1912 and opened in 1913. But there’s a card in the California Index headed “THEATRES—SACRAMENTO—GRAND THEATRE” that cites an item published in the regional entertainment paper, The Rounder, issue of February 3, 1912, saying “Jim Post buys the lease on the Empress Theatre, formerly the Grand.”
If this was the same Empress Theatre that was torn down to make way for the Hippodrome, then the building was older than the authors of the Crest web site think it was. And if the Empress was an older theater, merely renamed, its demolition in 1919 would make more sense than if it had been newly built in 1912.
Plans for a new theater on American Avenue at the corner of Bunce Avenue (actually called Bunce Way, which was an alley half a block north of Ocean Avenue) were announced in the June 11, 1920 issue of Southwest Builder & Contractor. It was being designed by the firm of Walker & Eisen. Early references to this theater in the L.A. Library’s California Index call it either the Empire Theatre (apparently its opening name) or the Mission Theatre (on cards citing articles from 1924 about an enlargement of the stage and proscenium, with plans by Long Beach architect H.L. Gogerty.)
Ken, in the photo you linked to in your October 8 comment, I see they spell the name “Gayety” in that sign over the entrance.
In the early 1960s, I often went to the Los Feliz Theatre a couple of blocks up Vermont, and I don’t remember seeing the Studio at all. It must have been gone by then. The County Assessor says the building on the site now was built in 1969.
The County Assessor doesn’t give information for this exact address. Most of the block is taken up by a huge parcel with the address 18305 Colima Road- apparently a shopping center containing four buildings, three of which have construction dates of 1964 and one of which dates from 1990. All the other addresses on the block (fronting directly on Colima Road) are higher or lower (18307, 18389, 18391) than the theater’s address.
The 5th Avenue is listed in the Independent Theatres section of the Times issue of February 10, 1971, but I can’t find it in the August 24, 1986 issue. I guess it was gone by then.
This stretch of Colima Road was once called Fifth Avenue, by the way.
The Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office gives an original construction date of 1934 for the building at 1822 N. Vermont, and the Los Feliz Theatre is listed at this address in the 1936 Los Angeles City Directory.
I attended the Los Feliz many times in the early 1960s, and probably saw more foreign films there than at any other theater aside from the Cinema, on Western Avenue. The Los Feliz never seemed as self-consciously arty as the Cinema. It was more like a friendly neighborhood movie house that happened to show art films. I’m glad it’s still there, even if triplexed.
Listed in the 1929 City Directory as the Pico. The 700 W. block begins at Figueroa, and the 900 block began at Georgia Street, so this place must have been closer to Figueroa than to Georgia. The 1923 ad ken mc linked to must have been for a different theater.
The best candidate for the El Sereno Theater to which the organ was delivered is probably still the Cameo, which opened in 1924. However, it’s listed under the name Cameo in the 1925 city directory page ken mc linked to in his October 18, 2008 comment on the Aloha Theatre page. No El Sereno Theater is listed in that directory. It seems unlikely that they’d have opened as the El Sereno and changed the name to Cameo only few months later. My best guess is that the owners of the Cameo didn’t choose the theater’s name until construction was well advanced and the organ already delivered.
I would guess it was already a nightclub in 1967 then, and it had an adult movie theatre as one of its attractions. But it doesn’t appear at all- not even among the porn movies- in the listings of the L.A. Times for February 10, 1971, the earliest Times listings I have at hand.
The place was called Carolina West Century Lounge (a.k.a. Century Theatre) when it was reviewed for this web site, surely within our current decade (Internets being fairly new and all.) After reading the description of what goes on there, I urgently desire never to visit it, and especially not to touch anything within it.
I still suspect the building of having been built as a bowling alley, if it wasn’t a nightclub from the beginning. It’s all wrong (and in the wrong location) for a big movie theater.
The L.A. County Assessor’s office gives a construction date of 1940 and an effective construction date of 1949 for the building at 3355 N. Eastern Avenue. Unless they’ve made a mistake (it’s been known to happen), this was not the El Sereno Theatre which got an organ in 1924. As I said in an earlier comment, this building does look like it was built in the 1930s or 1940s, even on its back and side walls, so the assessor’s office is probably right about the date.
In fact, now that I think about it, this building looks like one of those big bowling centers that began popping up all around L.A. in the 1950s.
The Assessor’s Office says this 30,000 square foot building was built in 1959. It doesn’t look to me like it was ever a movie theater. I don’t remember there being one in that area, either.
This house was still listed as the Garden Theatre in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory.
The L.A. County Assessor’s office gives an original construction date of 1935 for the building at this address, but judging from the photo linked in Lost Memory’s comment of August 10, 2007, I’d say the Assessor’s office is in error. The style of the brickwork on that facade was very popular in the 1910s, and I’ve never seen it used on any building erected as late as 1935. The building probably does date from 1914.
I wonder if this could be the same house advertised in the Los Angeles Times movie listings of November 9, 1914, as Gore’s Theatre. Operated by Mike Gore, it was located at 9th and Georgia Streets.
The 1929 L.A. City Directory has the Graham Theatre listed at 1703 E. Firestone Boulevard, which would be at the northeast corner of Firestone and Graham Avenue. The building on the site now is a small commercial structure for which the County Assessor’s office gives a construction date of 1946, with an addition dating from 1964. The lot next door is vacant. Looks like the Graham Theatre is long gone.
Listed in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory.
Listed as the Empire Theatre in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory, but with an address of 2129 W. Pico.
L.A. County now has its records online, and the building adjacent the Balboa Theatre to the south has an address of 8719 S. Vermont, so the Jurdan Theater’s address would indeed have placed it on the same parcel now occupied by the former Balboa Theatre.
Not only should the address be changed to 3937 Whittier Boulevard, the location should be changed to East Los Angeles, as the address is east of Indiana Street and thus outside the Los Angeles city limits.
I guess we can accept the opening date of 1927 for the Cozy, as it’s listed in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory. Still no more word on Albert C. Martin as the architect of either the 1905 building or the later theater conversion, though.
The Central Theatre is listed at this address in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory. I don’t have access to any earlier directories, so that’s the earliest I can confirm that it was open.
This is one of three Village Centre Cinemas locations designed for the same client by Design West Architects. The other two are in Spokane and in Lewiston, Idaho.
Design West’s website features two photos of one of the projects. Though the page does not specify which of the three locations is depicted, the exterior photo certainly resembles the Pullman location as depicted on this web page at the developer’s website.
There are also a few small pictures at pullmanmovies.com, which appears to be this theatre’s official website. Currently, there doesn’t appear to be a main website for the operating company, Best Theatres Inc.
Designed by ADW Architects (formerly Atkinson/Dyer/Watson Architects), of Charlotte, North Carolina. Built in 2004.
Source: Reed Construction Data website.
One image (an architect’s rendering) of the theatre is displayed in the Portfolio:theaters section of the ADW Architects website.
Designed by the firm of Likel Architecture, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. (Source: Reed Construction Data website.)
11021 S. Main is listed as the address of the Tempest Theatre in the 1929 L.A. City Directory, so that should be added as an aka.