5807 Crenshaw Boulevard,
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The Mesa Theatre was a classic neighborhood house in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles.
Opened in 1926 with the MGM film “Mike”, it seated 1442 patrons. The theater’s proscenium opening was 41'10 wide and 23'10 high. The stage was 29' deep by 72'9 side to side and 52' to gridiron. The counterbalance was 31 lines and the Mesa had three Modern and Cooper boarder lights, plus a set of three circuit footlights.
Equipped with a Robert-Morton 2/12 organ, the Mesa was originally operated by Fox West Coast Theatres and was remodeled during the early 1950s for CinemaScope and stereo sound. During the renovation, the theater’s organ cables were cut and the organ grilles were covered over with draperies.
Sadly, this beloved neighborhood house was closed in September 1963. A fire damaged the theater in 1964 and it was razed the next year.
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