Picwood Theatre

10872 W. Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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Picwood Theatre exterior

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This S. Charles Lee-built theater opened in 1948 at the intersection of Westwood and Pico Boulevards.

After four decades of delighting West LA crowds, the Picwood Theatre was closed in 1985, and demolished to make way for an extension to the Westside Pavillion mall.

The buildings on the entire block (a bowling alley, a bank, and a video arcade were among them) were torn down and replaced by the Westside Pavilion, a huge shopping mall, that takes up two blocks (an overhead bridge stretches across Pico Boulevard, providing access to both sides of the mall without having to physically cross Pico on street level.

A glimpse across the street from the mall at the 1940’s Apple Pan hamburger joint gives a glimpse of what the area once looked like. Pico has changed — for the better?

Contributed by Michael LeBlanc, William Gabel, Ross Melnick, Ray Martinez

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BobSe on November 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm

The Picwood ran “E.T.” on a limited release after it left its exclusive engagement at The Cinerama Dome. We ran it until we opened “The Dark Crystal”. IMDB tells us the it opened on December 17, 1982. Anyone any good at math? If the dates are correct, Picwood ran “E.T.” for 22 weeks.

ChasSmith on November 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Funny how I clearly remembered seeing “E.T.” at the Picwood but had forgotten the Dome. I’ve always been pretty good at remembering where I saw certain films, especially in a unique place like the Dome, so the impact of this one must have been pretty significant to have wiped that part out.

Boy, do I miss the long runs of great films.

William on November 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

The 1980’s was the last true decade that had outstanding projection in theatres, run by true projectionists. They ran the theatres without automations to run curtains and lights.

Coate on November 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

BobSe: Why are you repeating me??? Just two comments before you I had stated the Picwood showed “E.T.” after the Cinerama Dome and that it ran 22 weeks. If you were agreeing with me, then say so. Otherwise, please pay attention.

BobSe on November 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

@Coate: sorry, I was agreeing with you and confirming according to the best of my recollection…thought you might like concurrance from someone who was actually there for the entire run.

deward on August 30, 2012 at 5:38 am

worked in the there in the 1950 was one of the greatest i worked in they had lots of first time showings like bell book and candles

                        james cook
Captain_Furball on June 26, 2013 at 2:32 am

Hey, Steve Tinner here, I know I’m many years too late to actively post but just wanted to say Hi to crew from the days of ET, Qwest for Fire(I still have some promo material), Evil Under the Sun; circa 1980’s… Bill, Lisa, Bob, anyone else out there?

William on June 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Hi Steve, Those were the days at that theatre. Boy we had a fun crew running the theatre. Good to hear from you.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney on December 13, 2014 at 9:07 pm

When the Picwood opened it had a tropical type of interior in the auditorium. It was remodeled in and around 1966-7. After the remodel the Picwood seated 950 seats.

jackwolf on August 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm

A great deal of my childhood was spent at the Pickwood. In 1967, when we lived in Westwood, I went to the kiddie matinee every Saturday at noon, where they had double-features. We used to go to Pickwood Bowl before, bowl, and have breakfast. Must have gone there for more than a year every Saturday. It was a great Westside tradition. I later saw many other movies there, including “Daddy’s Gone a Hunting”, “Rachel Rachel”, “All the Right Moves”, ect.

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