Carthay Circle Theatre

6316 San Vicente Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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William on October 4, 2001 at 6:16 pm

The Carthay Circle has been demolished since around 1970. The last film to play the Carthay Circle was “The Shoes of the Fisherman”. The Carthay Circle’s style was mission revival, it seated around 1500 people. This theatre and the Chinese held more premieres than any theatre around. Gone With the Wind held it’s big west coast premiere here. If you cross the street going north, you will see some California Gold Rush miners in a small grassy traffic island, those were in the theatre’s forecourt. Carthay Circle was located in a strange area. It was about 3 blocks south of Wilshire Blvd. near Crescent Heights. All around this theatre are homes and a school on its south side. Carthay Circle was one of a few theatres that had large roof top signs:(Fox Ritz, Fox Belmont[LA], Fox Mesa, Fox Uptown, Fox Figueroa,)(ALL RAZED), But you can still see the signs at the Fox Fullerton,Fox Highland and the old Fox Westlake theatre. Note: they still light up the Westlake’s sign every night. The Carthay Circle was a first run, road show house. In the mid 50’s Los Angeles had 3 TODD-AO house. (#1 Egyptian with the opening of “Oklahoma”, #2 Carthay Circle with the opening of “Around the World in 80 Days”, #3 United Artists Downtown). Other theatres would do the installations soon after. The Todd-AO (DP70) projectors were installed in the Bruin theatre in Westwood in 1978. In 1994 the number 2 machine was changed out.