Hollywood Theatre

6764 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Bway
Bway on June 6, 2006 at 10:35 am

Robert, thanks for posting those historic photos. It’s amazing how well intact the outside remains of the Hollywood. Unfortunately, inside is lost.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 1, 2006 at 12:54 pm

Isn’t this the theater depicted in Speilberg’s “1941” where General Stilwell watches “Dumbo” while the USO/Zoot Suit riot goes on outside on Hollywood Blvd? Columbia and Universal spent millions reconstructing a stretch of Hollywood Blvd (both in full scale and minature) for this movie and I seem to recall the marquee from the film looking very much like the one depicted in images on this page – although I believe artistic license was taken in creating the full scale exterior sets.

I was going to write that the Aykroyd character and his tank crew in the movie blow the hell out of the marquee, but I think its the USO marquee across the street that gets shot up not the Hollywood marquee.

haineshisway
haineshisway on February 16, 2006 at 5:06 pm

Thanks – I’ll look them up now.

William
William on February 16, 2006 at 5:03 pm

The Admiral is listed as the Vine Theatre and the Academy is listed as the Holly Theatre on this site.

haineshisway
haineshisway on February 12, 2006 at 10:07 pm

The other two “budget” theaters on the boulevard that no one has mentioned were the Admiral and the Academy, both on the north side of the street close to Vine (one is still there and goes by the name The Vine). If you want to see the Hollywood in all its 70s glory, rent the DVD of The First Nudie Musical and watch the musical number, The Lights and The Smiles, part of which was shot outside the Hollywood (you also get a great view of The Pix, which was across from the Pantages.

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jjjjjfffffddddd on October 18, 2005 at 4:04 pm

Thanks for the pictures of the theatre Robert. Since my friends and I worked there for quite a while,we look forward to spotting a familar face or two or perhaps a faded memory.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 3, 2005 at 10:25 am

A Wurlitzer organ Opus 697 Style 215SP was installed in the Hollywood Theater on 9/10/1923.

RobertR
RobertR on June 27, 2005 at 6:34 pm

Most of my ads are from New York but here is one from an American International double bill playing the Hollywood.

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clvee
clvee on March 16, 2005 at 5:52 am

The Hollywood was a kind of dumpy picture show while I lived there in 1953/55, but was open all night. I saw “On the waterfront” in 1954/5 after working the 2nd shift at a Standerd Station nearby.
Of all the shows on the blvd, it was the last choice for second run pictures. However further down the street was a late nighter called the “News-View” that only showed news reels. Later in 1953 because of of up and coming television competition it started to show 3rd rate movies and I noticed a change in the name by dropping the “S” and the dash to read “New View”.At the time I thought it was very clever.

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jjjjjfffffddddd on March 9, 2005 at 1:37 am

Thanks for the picture of the theatre during the early eighties.Anyone have ANY pictures-either inside or outside the theatre during the late sixties or early seventies?

RobertR
RobertR on March 4, 2005 at 10:54 am

Here is the Hollywood playing Chariots of Fire.

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jjjjjfffffddddd on November 21, 2004 at 5:12 pm

my friends and I worked at the theater during the late sixties and throughout most of the seventies. I remember working till close at 5 in the morning;the blvd. regulars; the drug scene; the hidden room above the stage; the friends ;the managers; the old ticket booth;watching the christmas parade from atop the roof;looking for wallets between the seats after we closed;the metal light fixtures that hung on the walls going down the aisles were with red bulbs for warmth in the winter and blue in the summer

mattepntr
mattepntr on October 11, 2004 at 3:44 am

This place has memories for me because I saw “Star Wars” here for the very first time, during it’s brief, controversial move-over engagement. The 70mm six-track Dolby Stereo sound was impressive. In 1982, “Blade Runner” opened here, also in 70mm.

William
William on August 31, 2004 at 3:14 pm

Not much was left after Mann Theatres did the conversion back in 1977 to move-over “Star Wars” from the Chinese. And when they did the conversion to become the museum. All that left is the marquee.
The real budget houses on Hollywood Blvd. were the World Theatre, New View (Ritz), Vine. The Hollywood Theatre did do a grind house policy during the 70’s., when it was part of the National General chain.

Bway
Bway on August 31, 2004 at 3:01 pm

I went to this theater about 5 years ago (as the Guiness Museum of course). I don’t remember what if any ornamentation of the interior survive the conversion, if anything.
Does anything of the interior survive? Was it gutted or just covered if it is not visable?

paulaclark
paulaclark on May 12, 2004 at 5:59 am

Wondering if this is the theatre that had the dollar movies in the 70’s. I went to college at Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood (no longer there now) in 1971 and remember attending a theatre inexpensively once in awhile to break the monotony of working full time and going to school full time. I only lived there for less than a year, transferring to a Kansas college, so didn’t remember the name of the theatre, but this looks like what I remember.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on February 5, 2004 at 6:53 pm

It used to be a bear getting into the projection room. You had to slide around a beam to get into it.

William
William on November 11, 2003 at 6:48 pm

The theatres address is 6764 Hollywood Blvd..

William
William on November 11, 2003 at 6:47 pm

The Hollywood is the oldest existing movie theatre in Hollywood. Its owner H.L. Lewis, had it built in the popular Romanesque style. Architects Kremple and Erkes face the building’s facade in white semi-glazed brick and the lobby was done in marble tile. The 750 seat auditorium had coffered ceilings supported by Corinthian columns. The facade was remodeled 1936 by architects S. Charles Lee and Clifford Balch into a combination of Moderne and Art Deco styles. In 1991 it was remodeled into the Guiness World of Records exhibition, ending its life as a movie theatre.

William
William on March 5, 2003 at 6:30 pm

The Hollywood Theatre got a remodel in 1927 and another remodel by S. Charles Lee in 1936 and would stay like that till it’s final remodel in 1977. Before closing in the early 90’s to become the Guinness Book of World Records.