World Theatre

6021 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Marcal Theatre

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Originally opened in 1925 as the Marcal Theatre. Once operated by Pacific Theatres, the World Theatre was closed in the Summer of 1986. It was located at the east end of Hollywood Boulevard and showed second-run features in a triple bill for bargain prices.

“I think they were open 24 hours. Last rememberance of seeing anything there was a triple feature of "Footloose”, “Against All Odds” and “The Big Chill” in the Summer of 1984."

Today the much altered building is in use as a nightclub.

Contributed by B Erickson

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Stunko
Stunko on June 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Lots of comments here re. how much the admission charge was at the World. I was a regular there from 1972 to 1986, so I can only speak for those 14 years or so.

During most of the 1970’s, admission was 99 cents or $.99. Then I remember $1.50 and finally, $2.50.

I do not recall any $1.00 and $2.00 admission charges during this period at the World Theater.

Also, parking was always free and readily available. Try that today anywhere in America.

drb
drb on June 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

You can see the World marquee lit up and impressively animated at the very end of this Hollywood Blvd. footage from 1967: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBmaX64TWSw

WayneS
WayneS on September 28, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I worked as projectionist at the World in the late 60’s. Besides the triple bills, sometimes Universal would rent the theater for preview screenings, and would send their sound guys out to set up the double system sound machines.

Once we ran Willard and Ben on the same bill, and I persuaded the manager to let me cut the tail and credits out so it played as one continuous movie. Another time we were running Black Beauty, and the last day an audience member pointed out the reels were out of order. I checked the leaders and indeed they had been mismarked and we had run it that way all week.

fieldight
fieldight on September 21, 2012 at 7:31 am

I saw a horror movie here when I was a toddler! Blue Sunshine! 1976!

fieldight
fieldight on September 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

Also I remember seeing capricorn One!

CStefanic
CStefanic on May 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Has this theatre been demolished? I have driven by the X twin which supposedly is right next to it, but I can’t for the life of me remember seeing a building for this one!

GLOCKJOCK
GLOCKJOCK on May 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

The building is still there but the entire fa├žade was removed several years ago. It’s directly across the street from the Toyota service entrance.

GLOCKJOCK
GLOCKJOCK on July 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Why…what? The facade was removed after the 94 earthquake. It had already been severely modified by that time so it was no great loss. If you mean why is it across the street from Toyota, I can only guess because the theater was there before Toyota. The only indication of it ever being a theater is the low profile of the auditorium part of the building. It seems to sink into the ground. This was done to allow for the rake. With the stage house also gone, there is nothing left of its theatrical beginnings. By the way, The Museum of Death is next door. That should help narrow it down.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 13, 2014 at 12:02 am

Three photos of the lobby of the Marcal Theatre can be seen on this page from the USC Digital Archive (click the thumbnails of the two additional photos in the right column of the page.) The photos were taken by the Dick Whittington Studio in 1932.

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