Whittier Theatre

11612 Whittier Boulevard,
Whittier, CA 90601

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ejheck on March 31, 2004 at 2:21 am

We bought a little ranch house in 1961, about half a mile from the Whittier Theatre. In those days, patrons waiting for the previews of coming attractions to begin were treated to a simulated evening sky overhead. Tiny lights in the ceiling looked like stars. They projected images of clouds up there, appearing to drift from the back of the theatre toward the screen. Also, false “balconies” with Spanish wrought iron detailing on either side of the proscenium were lit by orange floodlights from below, giving the impression of exterior walls facing an open courtyard at twilight. The effect was charming.

Deborah on January 19, 2004 at 6:24 am

I especially liked to watch movies from the upper balcony inside the Whittier Theatre. It was a sad sight to see it fall. I am glad to have good memories of it.

William on January 9, 2004 at 7:46 pm

The Whittier Theatre opened in 1928 and its architect was David S. Bushnell. A Spanish lighthouse tower looks down on the theatre and its connected retail shopping center. The patio to the north of the theatre provides a semi-enclosed public space upon which the small retail stores open. This building type (a theatre combined with a forecourt of retail stores) came into being in Califorina in the mid-1920s.

William on November 14, 2003 at 1:29 am

The Whittier Theatre was located at 1410 W. Whittier Blvd., It seated 1016 people and the last chain to run it before the earthquake was Pacific Theatres.

Denny on December 1, 2002 at 9:07 pm

Actually Culver City never had a Carthay Circle theatre. There was one in Los Angeles on San Vicente that had many world premiere’s.

Dejael on November 22, 2002 at 8:11 am

In 1975, I went to see a movie here with some friends who lived in Whittier. We all enjoyed the special ambience that only unique buildings like movie palaces really have, the distinctive tower, and the wraparound marquee, and the plush carpeting and a supremely elegant lobby.

Sadly, it all came crashing down in the Whittier earthquake of 1987, and had to be razed. Built of similar materials and design, and in a similar Mission Revival style as the much more grandiose celebrated Carthay Circle Theatre in Culver City, this is what would have happened to the Carthay Circle had it been hit by an earthquake.