ARC Theater

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

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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 is used as a church, renamed ARC Theater.

Contributed by Ray Martinez, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 57 comments)

dctrig
dctrig on October 19, 2010 at 8:13 am

I remember going to see the 1936 movie “Come and Get It” at the Showcase, sometime in the 1980s. A great movie and a great audience.

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on May 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

Saw two great documentary films last night at the Showcase: The Economics of Happiness and RECONCILIATION: Mandela’s Miracle. Kudos to the Awareness Festival for taking over the Showcase for four consecutive nights until Sunday. WWW.Goldstar.com is offering $3.50 prices to individual screenings and the festival organizer has passes on their website.

http://awarenessfestival.healoneworld.com

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on May 26, 2011 at 8:56 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
frogbert96 on July 19, 2011 at 6:08 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
Marcel on September 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

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

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on January 30, 2012 at 5:34 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 7:06 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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

Auditorium pictured in this 1939 trade ad for “Floating Comfort” seating: Boxoffice

jdsch
jdsch on May 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

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 8:15 am

Sacrilege! They should have this theater in operation!

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