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drb commented about Major Theatre on Feb 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Apparently it closed after a fire broke out in 1962 or 1963, severely damaging the interior.

drb commented about Egyptian Theatre on Jan 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

terrywade: Totally agree!

I hadn’t been to the Egyptian since the early nineties, before the quake and remodeling. I had read others' descriptions of what had been done to the poor theatre, and wasn’t in a hurry to return. But there was something showing a couple months ago that I wanted to see, and both the Chinese and El Capitan were running movies on my “need to see” list, so I thought I’d do all three movie palaces in one day. So, straight from El Cap to the Chinese, with all of their splendors, I walk into the Egyptian, and… no matter how many interior photos I had seen, somehow I just wasn’t prepared for how underwhelming the poor theatre had become. At least with the curved screen and curtains, the sunburst and scarab where the old proscenium arch once was still had a visual connection to the screen. Now it’s just in the middle of nowhere, with the tiny, unadorned screen far away from it, looking like it’s right out a multiplex in a mall. They really put the “gyp” in Egyptian.

drb commented about Cinemark North Hollywood on Aug 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

North Hollywood IS part of Los Angeles. WEST Hollywood is a separate city, NORTH Hollywood (and regular Hollywood) are suburbs of the City of Los Angeles.

drb commented about Pussycat Theatre on Jul 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Is this a bit of it on the left? Facebook – San Diego Historic Neon

drb commented about Inglewood Theater on Jun 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm

From Cal State Dominguez Hills:

drb commented about Alpha Theatre on May 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Photo gallery here: Fiesta Mexicana Banquet Hall – Bell Location

Short video tour: Fiesta Mexicana Banquet Hall Bell CA – YouTube

drb commented about Major Theatre on Apr 29, 2013 at 5:42 am

Oh, and the address is correct, therefore it’s still standing. The 333 address is still used for a tiny storefront in between the two halves of the old theatre, last used for a booth selling and buying jewelry. It may have been the box office. There’s terrazzo on one side for a shoe store that looks early 1960s vintage, so the Major Theatre probably didn’t survive past the 1950s. A couple aerial views from the photos found in the 1959 time capsule opened in 2009 show a small neon tower on the roof.

Here’s a page of a 1950s directory that confirms the address:

drb commented about New Port Theatre on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:22 am

L.A. Times article

Port Theater in Corona del Mar will reopen after 14 years

drb commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Apr 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Here’s video of the construction so far (link courtesy of the Tropico Station blog).

drb commented about Five Star Cinema Glendale on Apr 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Well, it’s closed during construction/renovation, which has already started in earnest. They’ve already removed the old marquee and dome. This is what it’s going to look like: Former Mann Theater complex in Glendale slated for major overhaul

drb commented about Roxie Theatre on Jan 15, 2012 at 1:54 am

The Roxie, or at least a good shot of its terazzo and a few glimpses of the marquee, is seen in “The Muppets” (the 2011 movie), as seen here:

drb commented about Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Dec 22, 2011 at 12:17 am

From L.A. Curbed

“The rumors are true: an Ace Hotel will open in Broadway’s old United Artists Theatre… Multiple sources confirm that the boutique hospitality firm has reached an agreement with Greenfield Partners… the Ace intends to make a fully renovated and reactivated theater the showpiece of its future hotel.

drb commented about Cornell Theatre on Dec 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Just to give a better idea of exactly where this was, you can see the sign in the background here:

The Zody’s in the foreground is now K-Mart. The Cornell is two blocks away at, not surprisingly, Cornell Street.

drb commented about Loma Theatre on Dec 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Info on the mystery Burbank theatre from my above post:

“8/24/11 – Thanks to Sue Baldaseroni of the Burbank Historical Society, we now have some information about an unknown theater and sign on San Fernando Rd. that puzzled Mike and I. (A detail from the DeLos Wilbur photo from Feb. 1917 is here). According to Sue: "This was Burbank’s first moving picture theatre and was run by George Wood as an adjunct of his general store which kept open at night. Watland Wood remembers when his father took tickets at the picture show, he also would run to the store to wait on customers, and also squirted gasoline into the gas engine to keep the lights from dousing. It was mainly films of Cowboys and Indians shown in the first years. MJ (Mary Jane Strickland) said the lighted sign was for the store, not sure but thought it was a chicken or rooster but can’t remember for sure.” So there you are – it’s a bird of some kind. I still can’t make it out. We’ve determined by looking at later photos that the building still stands; the theater was where the Fantasia Billiards Hall is now located at 133 N. San Fernando."

drb commented about Rivoli Theatre on Oct 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Is this the Long Beach Rivoli? It’s a screencap from the opening credits of the 1977 comedy “Loose Shoes.”


drb commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Can’t remember if this was already posted, but here’s a Glendale Public Library photo:

drb commented about California Theatre on Oct 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

From the Glendale Public Library’s Flikr account:

drb commented about Town Theatre on Sep 14, 2011 at 4:11 am

There’s a screencap of the Pussycat here:

drb commented about Clune's Theatre on Aug 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm

A photo of W.H. Clune and a bear:

drb commented about Temple Theatre on Aug 16, 2011 at 4:03 am

Here’s a .pdf of the restoration proposal for the building:

It gives the history: The Masonic Temple was built for in 1928 for the Unity Lodge, which was founded in 1905 and grew over the years through various consolidations, building an earlier lodge on the same Brand Boulevard site in 1914. The subject building was designed by Arthur George Lindley of the local firm Lindley & Selkirk, which also designed the Alexander Theater in 1925. The property was listed as Glendale Register No. 15 in 1997.


In 1934,‘ a movie theater, the Temple, was built inside the Mason’s auditorium at the lower floors, with theater use continuing under different names through the early 1990s.

Former Masonic Temple Building: Historical Background Architect, Arthur G. Lindley. Contractor: J.v. McNeil Company

Construction Chronology May, 1928: Excavation begun. January, 1929: Substantial completion.

Building Data: Building contains 55,376 gross square feet of space, of which approximately 48,643 square feet is rentable. It initally contained three lodge rooms, one banquet/auditorium space, a ground floor auditorium, a bowling alley, cafe, billiard salon, related member and guest meeting rooms, lounges and storge rooms and an apartment. The two-story high banquet/auditorium and lodge rooms between the First and Seventh Floors are all located adjacent to the north wall of the building. See building section, Sheet HP-4.

The building was also known as the “Unity Temple”. Arthur Lindley seems to have visually “unified” the various floors of the main façade of the building by designing continuous vertical ribbons of windows. To give greater grandeur and height to the building, which stands 105 feet at the top parapet, he designed a series of steps, chamfering the edges, which recede back and toward the center.

When completed, the former Masonic Temple was the tallest building and had the largest auditorium, the fastest elevator and the largest enclosed space in the City of Glendale.

So, 1934 then. No real info on the proposed use of the former movie theatre space, just a little bit about the lobby.

And Bill’s page on the Temple

also links to the full “The Monolith” Flickr set

which includes these recent interior views showing the Temple/US/Regency 2’s auditorium and balcony:

and this is the old projection room being used as a wig department for the Noise Within theatre group:

drb commented about Eltrym Historic Theater on Aug 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

There’s a recent photo here among other photos of Baker City, second one down:

drb commented about Golden Gate Theatre on Jul 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Bad shape, but we knew this, and ones in much worse condition have been restored. Hope CVS keeps its promise to not do anything that can’t be reversed, and hopefully clean things up a bit first.

drb commented about Loma Theatre on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:47 am

The Burbankia page has a photo of an unknown theatre in 1917. Don’t know whether it showed movies or if it was just a tiny live theatre, but thought I’d put it here, since it’s at least nearby and a similar vintage.

San Fernando Rd, showing Farmers and Merchants Bank

Detail showing unknown theatre

San Fernando Rd. looking in the other direction

drb commented about Hemet Theater on Jun 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

The Theatre Historical Society has an article from the Press Enterprise: