Four Star Theatre

5112 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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MichaelDequina
MichaelDequina on July 23, 2007 at 6:53 am

Apparently the building is no longer a church but a general theatre venue. The signage now says “Oasis Theatre” (as opposed to “Oasis Christian Center”) and there are big ad banners on the wall announcing its availability to be booked for concerts, plays, and films.

Lanstrider
Lanstrider on May 14, 2007 at 12:03 am

This place was awesome for its double-feature presentations and discount nights. I was a preteen when I frequent the Four Star Theatre in the 80’s. Some of the movies I remember seeing there was a re-release of E.T., The Terminator, Fletch, Rambo III, Rocky IV, Scrooged, The Great Outdoors, My Stepmother Is An Alien, and Back To The Beach. Not to mention I used to sneak Burger King inside because the food was cheaper from next door ;) Then, I remember a period when they would host Indian film festivals (blah). One day I would move away from the Wilshre / La Brea area for San Fernando Valley in the early 90’s. From time to time I would re-visit the area I used to live. I later noticed Four Star Theatre had closed its doors and turned into aa a church (sigh).

William
William on May 7, 2007 at 5:12 am

Well the owner was Lou Federichi (sp), and during it’s final run as a revival house it was subleased to a former projectonist from Mann’s Chinese Theatre. Who ran it with his son during that short time. Then it was sold sometime after to the church the current owners.

Coate
Coate on May 7, 2007 at 2:15 am

What company operated the FOUR STAR during the ‘90s?

DamienB
DamienB on May 7, 2007 at 12:35 am

When I lived in Los Angeles in 1982, the Four Star was a revival house. It was a great place to see old movies because it still had the look of a movie house from decades earlier, so you felt as if you had been transported back to when the films were knew. I particularly remember a double bill of Preminger’s Laura and John M. Stahl’s Leave Her To Heaven, the latter shown in a breathtakingly pristine Technicolor print.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 15, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Here is a 1976 lawsuit against the Mitchell Brothers. Apparently there were some improper goings-on during the features:
http://tinyurl.com/y9dup6

samira
samira on May 1, 2006 at 6:53 am

I made a mini radio documentary about LA cinemas which featured the Four Star for BBC radio back in 1996, when I was a correspondent in LA. I also recorded a “From Our Own Correspondent” for the World Service and BBC Radio 4 about the man who ran it. He’d grown up working in cinemas in the mid West, where his own father was a theatre manager. And he had turned the Four Star into a revival house in the early 90s I think, with old friends running the projector and the concession stand. They installed a proper silver screen and had an impressively eclectic programme. Lots of William Holden, too, as that was his favourite actor. Sadly, as other contributors have pointed out, the landlord sold the property to a south American church and it closed in 97, I think. It was a privilege to have met the team who ran this place with such passion and love of film.

haineshisway
haineshisway on February 13, 2006 at 12:37 am

I had my first kiss in the back row of the Four Star – during Where The Boys Are. I also saw The Angry Red Planet there, and Pepe, and a real oddity called Behind The Great Wall, which was a documentary that had been retrofitted with smells to compete with Scent of Mystery in Smell-o-Vision, that was playing down the street at the Ritz. Behind the Great Wall was in Aromarama. I continued to go to the Four Star all during the 80s when they were a revival house. And yes, for a short time they went porno, and Behind The Green Door ran there for quite a while.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 12, 2005 at 1:00 pm

From the California State Library:

View link

kbp619
kbp619 on October 28, 2005 at 3:36 pm

I used to go here a lot in the mid-80’s as it had cool double features of 2nd and 3rd run films for real cheap.

teecee
teecee on July 13, 2005 at 4:40 am

Good catch guys. I normally use the imdb to date photos based on the movies on the marquee but in this instance I didn’t check since I thought that I could trust the MPTV. Who woulda thought!?

William
William on July 12, 2005 at 7:09 pm

Because sometimes I’ve seen with reissue photos of theatres. They see only the main feature’s title and take that as being when the photo has been taken. The studio’s would release their older films from time to time. Since reissues are harder to date, sometime mistakes happen, like in that picture.

William
William on July 12, 2005 at 7:03 pm

On the marquee of the theatre, it has “The Shiek” as the “A feature and "Where there’s a Will” as the “B” feature. This could be a reissue of “The Shiek” and they doubled it up with the only feature. Because the other feature is from 1936.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 12, 2005 at 5:15 pm

If MPTV says that the picture at the link above is from 1921, they are mistaken. The plans for the United Artist’s Four Star Theatre weren’t even announced until mid-1931. The United Artists Company didn’t even exist yet in 1921. Their first theatre opened in 1927:
/theaters/489/

The Four Star was one of several California theatres designed for the company by Walker and Eisen with C.E. Balch, associated, in the early 1930s. Most are now gone. The one in Berkeley is still open, though it has been multiplexed:
/theaters/1915/

teecee
teecee on July 12, 2005 at 12:04 pm

View link

Source: MPTV
Caption: Four Star Theater 1921 Copyright John Swope Trust / MPTV

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2004 at 12:51 am

L. Thomas:

Actually, the Miracle Mile, (thus named in the 1920s by its developer, A.W. Ross), extends from Sycamore Street (one block east of La Brea) westward to Fairfax Avenue, so the Four Star is virtually at its doorstep. See a brief description of the area in The Larchmont Chronicle.

I never attended the Four Star, but I have a good idea of what it was like, as I went to several movies at the almost identical U.A. Pasadena. It was a nice building, but leg room was minimal, so closely packed were the seats.

thomasl
thomasl on October 13, 2004 at 1:29 pm

In the late 1960’s I was lucky enough to attend the Four Star Theatre twice, both times for exclusive engagements. One of the films was “The Graduate”, which showed the artificiality of nearby Beverly Hills society so well and of course features the songs of Simon and Garfunkel, and the other was “The Lion in Winter”, which featured brilliant performances by Katherine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. These were two of the most finest movies I ever saw, and the big screen and excellent stereo sound system of the Four Star were perfect for both events.

Today, the former Four Star is a church, called “The Oasis”. Painted green and white, it is one of the finest examples of pure Art Deco architecture ever built in Los Angeles. This seems fitting, as it is located just about a mile east of the famous “Miracle Mile” on Wilshire Blvd.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on September 20, 2004 at 2:52 pm

Someone long ago said: “SteveP > Jun 13, 2003 1:31 AM EDT
‘The first press preview of "Gone With The Wind” was held at the Four Star in 1939’."

William
William on August 4, 2004 at 2:04 pm

The Four Star Theatre was an independent theatre at that time and the owner did not repair or operate the air conditioning for the theatre. The sister theatre to this one was the UA Pasadena Theatre.

moviebluedog
moviebluedog on August 4, 2004 at 1:35 pm

This was a great theater. I attended a 70mm festival there in 1992 and saw “The Road Warrior” and “Deliverance.”

The auditorium was quite large and the screen was pretty big. The distinct thing I remember about this theater was its lack of air conditioning! The festival was held during the middle of summer, and it was quite uncomfortable watching movies there. But it was still a treat to visit this once classic theater.

William
William on August 4, 2004 at 12:32 pm

“The Graduate” opened at the Four Star Theatre and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They” was over at the Picwood Theatre in West Los Angeles. The Picwood Theatre had a large parking lot behind the theatre.

Mark1
Mark1 on July 27, 2004 at 6:54 am

Wasn’t this also the theatre where Jane Fonda, after viewing one of her own movies (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?)slipped and fell in the parking lot when returning to her car, and broke her leg, and perhaps sued?

Mark1
Mark1 on July 26, 2004 at 10:51 pm

The Last Picture Show played here on first run. I think the long run of The Graduate was at the Fine Arts further down Wilshire, but may be wrong.

DavidT
DavidT on November 19, 2003 at 10:34 pm

To see a 1938 photo (LA Public Library) of the premier of “In Old Chicago” at the Four Star Theater go here:
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics50/00044831.jpg