NuWilshire Theatre

1314 Wilshire Boulevard,
Santa Monica, CA 90403

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DonSolosan on April 26, 2015 at 10:08 pm

On Friday, a crew was installing new neon.

DonSolosan on April 21, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Performance Bike has opened shop. One thing that happened in the past few months that I hadn’t noticed before is that they cleaned up the marquee and repainted it green and white. The neon tubing has been removed, however.

DonSolosan on January 4, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Went past this theater a couple of weeks ago (I no longer live in the neighborhood) and saw something in the windows about a bike store moving in…

DonSolosan on June 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

Well, the general idea was that the theatre could be restored at some future date, but they didn’t install the type of floor that can easily be removed (ala some of the theatres downtown). They dug down to create underground parking and put in a new floor. So I don’t think the act can be undone without a huge expense…

CStefanic on June 10, 2013 at 7:30 am

Is there a way that kind of act can be, well, undone? Forgive my softening newness to the subject.

DonSolosan on June 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Yes, they stripped the building down to the walls, leveled the floor, etc.

CStefanic on June 8, 2013 at 11:16 am

Anything is possible. Are you saying that the auditorium was leveled?

DonSolosan on May 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

The owners threw out Landmark so they could reconfigure the building for retail use, so it’s hard to see them going with another exhibitor. On the other hand, it has been empty for over 5 years…

CStefanic on May 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

SOMEONE, Alamo, American Cinematheque, Tarantino, SOMEONE should check this theater out. Restore it to it’s original screen structure. Do you SEE the auditorium pics? Classic big screen fantastic for movies like “Jaws”, “Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, “Ben Hur”, and others. To see these classics on the big screen again – how very!

Richie_T on January 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

The Folks at Alamo Drafthouse need to check out this venue! It’s stripped bare and ready to go.

KyleeAmber on May 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I see that, but wasn’t sure about behind the scenes. It was one of the first things I noticed when I moved here two months ago (from Florida). Very sad spot in the middle of a wonderful town. I thought it looked like (it could be) a great music venue.

DonSolosan on May 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

No, Kylee. The NuWilshire remains empty, a large dead spot in the neighborhood…

KyleeAmber on May 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Any new updates?

LarryDickman on January 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Correction to the above post:

Not that it matters much, but I just remembered that “Andromeda Strain” played with “Silent Running” (both Universal releases) and “Hellstrom Chronicle” showed with “The Red Tent.” One more unforgettable ‘77 bill after the twinning was the graphic double feature of “Taxi Driver” and “The Farmer.” I recall an older couple—who obviously didn’t research the films they were going to see that evening—walking out quite early. I do miss the days when a neighborhood movie house could without warning become an unforgiving grindhouse.

LarryDickman on January 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The Wilshire was a great place for young sci-fi/horror film fans in the early-‘70s. While it was still a large single screen, my pals and I caught such classics as “Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror” and “House of Wax” (both in 3-D), “Sssssss” and “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf,” “Ben” and “Tales from the Crypt,” “Silent Running” and “The Hellstrom Chronicle,” and “The Andromeda Strain” with “The Red Tent” among others. The most fun I had at the Wilshire was a packed house on a Saturday night in spring of '76 for a triple bill of “The Groove Tube,” “Flesh Gordon” and a sneak preview of “The First Nudie Musical.” (I believe we told our folks we were cramming for a midterm that night!) The best double bill I never saw there was “The Getaway” and “Magnum Force.” The conscientious ticket girl, alas, wouldn’t sell me a ticket because I was underage. I pointed out that the Peckinpah film was PG, to no avail. (However, the next year, while I was still under 17, I got into the “Dirty Harry”/“Magnum Force” double-bill over at the El Miro on 3rd St., no problem!) Other great single screen shows included “Jaws” (saw Bill Cosby and family trying to stay inconspicuous the back row), “The Eiger Sanction” and “The Front Page,” “Night Moves” and “The Wilby Conspiracy,” “Straw Dogs” and “A Clockwork Orange” and “Gator” with “The Enforcer.” After the twinning, the place was never the same…though I did spend the better part of a day there in '77 for a triple-header of “Orca,” “Play It Again, Sam” and a sneak of “The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training.” Kids today don’t know what they’re missing!

coweyhere on November 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Here is a close up photo of the marquee from March 2010:

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monika on June 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

A May 2010 diptych I shot of the marquee:
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It had been a while since such sadness overcame me when I visited a previously functioning theatre. What a tragedy.

William on June 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm

The twinning of the Mann Wilshire Theatre happened around the Dec. 1976-Jan. 1977. The New Mann Wilshire Twin Theatre opened on Feb. 18, 1977 with “A Star is Born” in one theatre and “Face to Face” in the other theatre.

DonSolosan on April 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm

The original exit doors in the alley were flush with the wall, but in the remodel they pushed them inward, creating a couple of closet-sized alcoves. I’ve previously reported that those spaces are collecting wind-blown garbage. Now the final indignity: people are starting to use them as restrooms. Thank you, owner of the NuWilshire, for your contribution to this community!

GaryParks on April 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I stopped by for a look this past weekend. It was nice to see the terrazzo reinstalled, beautifully matched and filled-in where it had been sawn for temporary removal. I also noticed for the first time the faint outline of where the octagonal box office once stood, and this made me appreciate the care with which some long-ago terrazzo contractor had matched the zig-zag pattern and colors so that there would be no “scar” to denote the location of the missing structure.
Also to be seen is a reconstruction of the original ticket lobby ceiling—very simple, with a Moderne plaster band around the edge as a sort of cornice molding. This is the only architectural nod to the NuWilshire’s original interior. Beyond the location of the former entrance doors, all is clean but unfinished, waiting for a tenant. To the right, in what was once the lobby, the outlines of a staircase can be seen in the concrete of the West wall. As for the color scheme of the facade, I don’t find it offensive, though something more imaginative could easily have been arrived at.

DonSolosan on March 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

Yes, everything else they fixed up, but not the marquee. I think they stabilized it (I saw guys climbing around on and in it), but didn’t clean it or drive away the pigeons roosting in it. I suppose they figured they’d see what the tenant/s wanted to do first. But of course there’s no one who wants the space. So it’s likely to just get worse and worse…

TLSLOEWS on March 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

Sad marquee photo of the Wilshire!posted by Chuck1231.

DonSolosan on January 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Only a few months sitting finished and empty, and people are starting to vandalize the place. The other day I noticed the new glass in front all scratched up, and homeless people roosting in those entryways they added…

DonSolosan on September 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm

The barriers and scaffolding are now down (looks like we’re stuck with the indifferent color). The glass is in place, and you can see into the building where they are still working. The marquee still needs to be cleaned up, however.

DonSolosan on September 19, 2009 at 12:17 pm

The terrazzo is back in place, and the entire building has been painted a color somewhere between grey and mint green. Since the scaffolding is still up in front, I’m hoping this is just a primer layer or something. But I don’t have high hopes. The insets above the retail spaces on either side of the marquee have some details painted in more normal shades of green.