Regent Showcase Theater

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

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DavidZornig on June 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm

1956 photo as the Gordon Theater added via Mark MacDougal‎. The current Regent Showcase marquee appears to be the same, although updated.

Navan on September 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Judging by the age and art deco interior, I would “hope” this is a landmark that can’t be torn down. Then again, this is L.A. I used to go here off and on from 1969 – 1983. Classic old theater. Hope it becomes one again.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Nathan on January 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm

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

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.

CStefanic on June 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

Sacrilege! They should have this theater in operation!

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

dtrigubetz on May 7, 2011 at 11:19 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. is offering $3.50 prices to individual screenings and the festival organizer has passes on their website.

dctrig on October 19, 2010 at 11:13 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.

William on September 29, 2010 at 8:38 am

When Cineplex reopened the theatre after the remodel on Oct. 11th. 1985, the first film was “Colonel Redl”.

PJoseph on September 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Hey everyone – I shot a web series in this theater – we used the location for a ghost story.

The theater is in GREAT condition, but we had to make it look old. It was a lot of fun, we got to explore all of it. I have a ton of cool photos too.

Check it out.


fred1 on January 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Cheak the theater’s website and I think this company is insolventIncluding its theater in Texas

BradE41 on January 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

This would be a difficult theatre to operate. Good bookings would be difficult and parking is awful around that area.

GaryParks on May 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

The murals in the auditorium—uncovered and restored when Cineplex Odeon took over—were by Los Angeles decorator Heinsbergen. Identical Greco-Deco mythological figures in these murals appear, in a much different arrangement, around the proscenium of the Bay Area’s Cerrito Theatre in El Cerrito, designed by a different architect but decorated by Heinsbergen.

scooty432 on May 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm

My best memory of this theater is seeing “The Player” when it first came out. It was a completely sold out show; we were seated way on the side. The audience was full, apparently, of industry people, because they were laughing at all of these inside jokes I did not really understand!

frnchbstrd on May 29, 2009 at 10:11 am

Does anyone remember the Gordon Cafe that operated next to the theater? I presume this restaurant has changed names many times over the years, but my grandfather ran it as the Gordon Cafe in the early ‘50s I think. I’d especially love to see a picture from that era if anyone has.