Regent Showcase Theater

614 N. La Brea Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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ARC Theater

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The Gordon Theater opened in 1938 with 899 seats, and was designed by architect Clifford A. Balch for operator David Gordon.

In 1985, it was renovated with the designs of architect David K. Mesbur, who won awards for his work on the theatre. Cineplex Odeon reopened it on October 11, 1985, with the movie “Colonal Redl”.

Sadly, the Regent Showcase Theater was closed on 29th May 2008 with the Yung Chang film “Up the Yangtze”. However, it soon re-opened and continued as an independent art house cinema until closing again in May 2009.

In 2013 it became part of the Artists Resource Center and was used as a church, renamed ARC Theater. The church moved out of the building in December 2015.

Contributed by Ray Martinez, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 59 comments)

dtrigubetz on May 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm

If you can believe it the Regent Showcase has wrestling about once a month that is also shown on a local cable TV station.

I heard a rumor that Quentin Tarantino, who saved the Beverly, may have some plans for the Showcase.

frogbert96 on July 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I was there today taking pictures and talking to someone. Got a tour and I am actually looking into a possible future for this theatre. Amazing space with some beautiful history to it.

Marcel on September 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm

This is a great theatre. It was always packed when I attended back in the 90’s.

ChasSmith on January 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I’m trying to recall this one. I think I went to it a few times in the early/mid-1980s. Was it showing second runs around that time?

fastwillie on March 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

I went to this theater many times through out the years of 1944-19447. Lived at 834 N Formosa. On Saturday mornings they had kids movies and gave away during itermission, prices. I also delivered the Los Angeles Hearld Newspaper as a 8 eight old. One day after exiting this theater,at 5:00 PM relized I had for gotten to deliver my papers,at 3:99 that day. When I got home, my Dad and I jumped in his 41 Buick and the papers got delivered. I know live in Corona, CA. When ever I get out that way, I always try to drive by this theater, and remember my youth. I had my first Banana Split(36 cents)next door to the theater. Thanks for the memouirs.

jdsch on May 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

It is now part of the Artists Resource Center and is called the ARC Theater ( It is available to rent for events. They also use it for their church services. The phone number has changed to (818) 761-0661.

CStefanic on June 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

Sacrilege! They should have this theater in operation!

CTCrouch on November 30, 2014 at 12:46 am

The “for sale” sign, that has been posted on the building for a few months, now has a large “sold” notification attached. The sign lists the square footage of land; which raises some obvious concerns.

Nathan on January 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Here’s a shot of the Gordon, ca January 1975—

CStefanic on May 18, 2016 at 11:05 am

The listing now states that the Church has moved out of the building. What’s going on with it now?

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