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 February 9, 1938 with Irene Dunne & Cary Grant in “The Awful Truth”. With its 899 seats, all on a single floor, it was designed by architect Clifford A. Balch for operator David Gordon. The murals on the auditorium walls were by interior designer Anthony Heinsbergen.

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. By September 2016 another church was occupying the building.

Contributed by Ray Martinez, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 62 comments)

ChasSmith
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
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
jdsch on May 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

It is now part of the Artists Resource Center and is called the ARC Theater (http://arctheaterla.com/). 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
CStefanic on June 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

Sacrilege! They should have this theater in operation!

CTCrouch
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
Nathan on January 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm

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

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1537/24048802832_d236009699_o.jpg

CStefanic
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?

rivest266
rivest266 on August 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

February 9th, 1938 and October 11, 1985 grand opening ads in the photo section.

Cineplex Odeon bought out many single-screen theatres in the 1980’s in Canada and named them Showcase.

ridgeley
ridgeley on September 5, 2016 at 5:58 pm

CStefanic – I was past the theater this morning, and it’s being used by something called One Church International. At least nobody’s knocked it down, nor suggested it, as far as I know.

CStefanic
CStefanic on September 8, 2016 at 9:05 am

That’s good to know. I drive by it often – and the fact that it still stands is reassuring.

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