4 Star Theatre

5112 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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moviebluedog on August 4, 2004 at 10:35 am

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 on August 4, 2004 at 9:32 am

“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 on July 27, 2004 at 3:54 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 on July 26, 2004 at 7:51 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 on November 19, 2003 at 7:34 pm

To see a 1938 photo (LA Public Library) of the premier of “In Old Chicago” at the Four Star Theater go here:

William on February 27, 2003 at 2:44 pm

The Four Star Theatre is located at 5112 Wilshire Blvd.. The marquee in the picture is long gone. You can still see the Unity & Artisty on the facade.

cyclonebob on February 8, 2003 at 1:49 pm

anyone know the address of this theater?

Bill H
Bill H on August 12, 2002 at 7:20 pm

The architects for this theater were Walker & Eisen, along with C.A. Balch.

William on March 11, 2002 at 10:50 am

This theatre is a sister to the UA Pasadena. The UA Four Star was operated by Fox West Coast theatres during the 30’s thru the 40’s. After that United Artists theatres ran the house. During the 60’s it played many first run hits like “The Graduate”. When UA pulled out of the Four Star, Michell Bros. from San Francisco leased this house and the UA Inglewood for adult films. Just before the transfer to Michell Bros., UA pulled all the 70mm equipment and replaced it with 35mm. For about the next 10 years the Four Star would remain a adult house. During the the very late 70’s thru the late 80’s the Four Star ran 3rd run and Indian films. During the 90’s the Four Star ran 2nd run and classic films. During the 90’s the Four Star was re-equipped to run 70mm. The Norelco DP-70 projectors came from the old Fox Wilshire theatre down the street. The Fox Wilshire stopped playing movies in around 1977. During it’s last years as a theatre. It would run classic films on the Big Screen. Before the last transfer the DP-70 projectors would find a new home at the Warner Grand in San Pedro, Ca.. Today the Four Star is a Church. If you sat right in front of the theatre, you can see on the facade of the theatre the words and an art deco design. (Unity Artisty).

Manwithnoname on March 3, 2002 at 6:11 am

I believe this was a porno house for a while. I remember seeing “The Wild Bunch” here in 70mm and 4 track stereo.