World Theatre

6021 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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XXXTHOR666 on August 29, 2015 at 2:38 am

i worked there in 80 and 81, it was $2 dollars then

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm

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.

GLOCKJOCK on July 3, 2013 at 2:22 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.

GLOCKJOCK on May 17, 2013 at 3:48 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.

CStefanic on May 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

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!

fieldight on September 21, 2012 at 4:32 am

Also I remember seeing capricorn One!

fieldight on September 21, 2012 at 4:31 am

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

WayneS on September 28, 2011 at 8:29 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.

drb on June 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

You can see the World marquee lit up and impressively animated at the very end of this Hollywood Blvd. footage from 1967:

Stunko on June 19, 2011 at 4:24 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.

Stunko on June 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Okay, I used to go here from 1972 to 1986. They always had free parking just west of the theater itself in the back, and admission prices for the three movies were 99 cents, i.e. 33 cents per film!

I am reading comments here how “cheap” the admission prices were in the early 1980s, when you could get in for $2.50. Well, maybe, but I tell you, after prices jumped from 99 cents to $1.50, I went there less often, and when it went up to $2.50, I went there even less frequently. I went there EVER WEEK while prices were 99 cents, and never had any bad experience there at the World for the 14 years I was going there. The place was always well run, after a while you began to recognize the other regulars. I used to take a sandwich and an apple with me, as you could easily spend six hours or more in there for the 3 back-to-back flicks. It was really the cheapest place to stay out of trouble (and out of the rain or sun) in Hollywood.

Remember seeing Roger Moore in “Gold” here in 1973, and I also believe I saw “Fear is the Key” (Alistar Maclean actioner) with Barry Newman here in the previous year.

Last time I was there was just before they closed in the summer of 1986, I believe. I moved out of California in September of that year, and have only been back there occasionally on short visits. We thought Hollywood was “bad” then, but nothing prepared me for the total economic melt-down in Tinseltown, in fact in most of once high-flying California. Seems like every bldg on Hollywood Blvd has a FOR SALE or FOR LEASE sign on it these days, wow.

I am glad that even though it is no longer a functioning public cinema, the core of the structure itself survives to this day as a music club/concert venue. The “X” theater that used to show triple porno fare, situated just east of the Hollywood World is boarded-up for a loooong time, however. One would think that someone could put that one to some good use.

fieldight on May 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I am confused because my memories of this theatre and the block it was on are from my early, early youth in the 70’s. Anyone else who might know, please comment as I have subscribed to this page. I remember Capricorn One! I was probably 6 years old. Remember I wanted to see North Dallas Fourty but my Mom’s boyfriend adamantly warned me that it was not the fun cartoonish film the poster made it look like. Okay but the earliest memory was, and this is where I get confused if this was in fact at the World theatre or the Hawaiian theatre down a ways towards Bronson—which is what I believe is the spot I saw that crazy obscure horror film called Blue Sunshine! A babysitter took me and it traumatized me for weeks!

le0pard13 on May 31, 2011 at 7:03 am

I remember this one for the triple-features they always had running. It was the east-most movie hall on ‘The Boulevard’, I think. I remember seeing Master of the Flying Guillotine there. Fond memories.

William on March 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Hi Dean, I was one of the Asst. managers there at the time. Lisa was the other asst. manager.

dmccrea on December 19, 2010 at 1:01 am

William, I did train at Pacific’s Picwood Theatre and my name is Dean. Do I know you?

scoie71 on December 19, 2010 at 12:54 am

My Father managed The World in the early 80’s. His name was Tom Kalcoff. It has been fun reading the posts. Some former employees are on here around the same years my Dad managed the place. I remember seeing the first showing of Friday the 13th there. I wonder if Diana and Dean were brought on by my Dad when he left? Anyhow.. great memories from The World Theatre.. they don’t build them like that anymore.

raphemarg on July 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Wondering if anyone knows if there has ever been a movement to reopen the X-Twin theaters? It just seems an ideal spot for a theater to be revived.

William on June 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm

dmccrea, Did you train over at Pacific’s Picwood Theatre? And your name is Dean?

dmccrea on June 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I managed the World in 1980-1981. I read some of the comments above from people that worked with me. I remember the martial arts movies, the great people that I worked with and all of the craziness that came along with the World. I remember oversleeping one day, waking and realizing that the theatre should have been opened an hour earlier. I rushed down to find that one of the employees had kicked in a window that allowed them all to enter, set things up and opened on time. I was surprised.

I remember being called into the auditorium one evening to break up a fight. I discovered that a man had been very carefully cutting off huge lengths of hair from the head of the lady sitting in front of him. He had done this largely unnoticed. However, the lady did eventually notice as did her boyfriend and that began the fight.

I had moved from Portland, Oregon to manage the World Theatre (long story). I was quite unfamiliar with LA ways. On my very first day as manager I stayed late and gave both bathrooms a couple of coats of fresh, white paint to cover wall-to-wall graffiti. When we opened the next day my Asst. Manager, looking terribly grief stricken, asked me if I knew what I had done? Of course I did not. But he explained that by painting over all the gang graffiti I had essentially claimed that I had retaken the theatre from some gang. He told me that before the shift was out gang graffiti would reappear and he begged me not to remove it. It did reappear and I left it as it was.

I loved working at the World. I had an amazing crew that taught me a lot. I loved the steady parade of characters that came through each day. I loved being on Hollywood Blvd, day and night. I just now ordered some pictures of the World Theatre (circa early 80’s) from a link posted above. I will frame them and hang them above my desk.

kencmcintyre on August 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm

The World can be seen adjacent to the X in this 1982 photo:

William on July 1, 2009 at 8:06 am

The address should change to 6021 Hollywood Boulevard.
In Bway’s post from May 26, 2009, there is a Enterprise truck parked in front of the former World/MarCal theatre.

Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:44 am

Here’s a google street view of the theater:

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kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 2:10 pm

This is part of a 1930 criminal case involving a hold-up at the Mar-Cal Theater:

In view of appellant’s contention that the evidence presented before the jury is insufficient to sustain the verdict rendered we will give a rather extended statement of such evidence. On the evening of April 8, 1929, between the hour of 6 and 7:30 the appellant, in company with one “Gazick,” now deceased, went to the auto rental place of Nicholas Macela at 1015 West Seventh Street, Los Angeles. Mr. Macela had only two automobiles on the lot at the time for rent, a Buick coupe and a Jordan coupe. After some discussion as to the relative speed of the two cars, during which appellant asked which car was the faster of the two, he rented the “Blue Boy Jordan Convertible Coupe,” which car he was told by the proprietor was the faster of the two. He paid the proprietor twenty-five dollars therefor. Appellant then signed his name as “J. J. Daley.” Mr. Gazick, who accompanied Davis, was described as being about five feet six inches in height and wearing a gray sweater and a cap. Appellant was dressed in a suit of dark clothes.

About 8:30 of the same evening Miss Schnauer, the cashier of the Mar-Cal Theater, at 6021 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, was held up while sitting in the box office of the theater. As she was rolling up some of the money that she had collected that evening a person described as about five feet six inches in height and who wore a gray sweater and a cap came into the box office. He pointed a gun at Miss Schnauer, who thereupon screamed and ran to the door of the theater, where she shouted to the door boy that someone was taking her money. One Alexander, a police officer, who was at that time sitting in the theater, heard her. He opened the front door of the theater and saw a man coming out of the box office with a gun in one hand and what looked to be money in the other hand. The officer fired a shot at the robber and then jumped back into the theater, where he remained for a period of thirty to sixty seconds. A man in the street pointed to a Jordan coupe which was parked near the theater, and as he pointed he said, “There they go.” Alexander then fired another shot, which went high. He then commandeered an automobile that was going in the same direction as the Jordan coupe, but after a little time lost sight of the latter on a side street leading off Hollywood Boulevard. The scream of the cashier attracted the attention of a man across the street, a Mr. Tate, who saw a man coming out of the lobby of the theater with a gun in his right hand and what resembled money in his left hand. The man fell down several times, stumbled and faltered, but proceeded to go and get into the Jordan coupe which was parked, as stated before, near the entrance of the theater. As Mr. Tate came across the street to the Jordan coupe, while the holdup man was getting into his car, he saw another man in the automobile. The two told him to go back where he had come from. The floor of the lobby of the theater was bloody and was strewn with money.