Eagle Theatre

4884 Eagle Rock Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90041

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This theatre opened as the Yosemite Theatre on 3rd May 1929 with two days of vaudeville shows produced by local radio station KMTR. It began screening silent films two days later, from the 5th May 1929. The theatre was built and operated as an independent by Mr J.T. Young and Mr H.E. Allen.

It closed down in July 1930 for improvements which included the installation of talking picture equipment and it re-opened under the management of Vox Theatres Inc. who also operated the nearby York Theatre and Eagle Rock Theatre. The re-opening took place on 7th August 1930 with the Bert Wheeler & Rob Woolsey comedy film “Cookoos”.

The Yosemite Theatre was described as being designed in a Mediterranean style in which architect Kenneth A. Gordon had designed an auditorium set in a patio garden. The proscenium arch exits and light niches forming openings in the high stucco wall with tile coping, back of which coloured lights give a restful and pleasing effect to the auditorium, while the azure ceiling resembles the sky. Back of the grilled openings on the sidewalls, landscapes depicting the mountains and scenery of California add another interesting feature to the interior.

In 1937 the name was changed to New Eagle Theatre after an extensive re-modelling by its new owners Vennicoff Theatres Circuit. The New Eagle Theatre re-opened on 10th June 1937 with the movies “Lloyds of London” and “We Have Our Moments”. In 1940 it changed its name again, dropping the ‘New’ and becoming the Eagle Theatre.

From 1976 to 1979, it became part of the Pussycat chain of cinemas playing adult porn movies. In 1983 it was completely re-decorated, with new stage draperies, new seats and a Dolby sound system was installed and it became an Independent cinema, playing
regular movies at a low admission price. Seating had been reduced to 800.

Sadly, it succumbed to the multiplex boom and closed in 2001.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 38 comments)

mdude
mdude on January 20, 2008 at 2:47 pm

I worked at the Eagle Theater for two years (95-97). Attendance had dropped a lot and went through 2 owners while I worked there. We had the best nacho’s in town. I remember people would come by just to buy nacho’s. As noted above… we also had Thursday specials. It was $1.00 for two movies. When I went as a kid… it was 75 cents. I wish I had taken pictures of the projection room. There were a lot of memories made there…

bbarso
bbarso on May 26, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Hey mdude I was there from 96-98! Are you MB,JR.? Drop me an email sometime- I forgot how good those nachos were and the popcorn with hot sauce on top!

JayAllenSanford
JayAllenSanford on August 8, 2008 at 10:20 am

New book-length Pussycat Theatre history from the San Diego Reader:
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onemadsniper
onemadsniper on October 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I worked at the Eagle in the late 80’s (86-89) we showed good movies at a great price but no porn. Bargain day was a riot (literally) it would get a bit rowdy and we had to hire off duty cops to work security for us. I still have some scars from some altercations there. Overall it was a great experience and a fun place to work at while in HS. I have many fond memories of that place and met many great people I would love to see again. I can still recall some late Friday night after work private parties there.

shilo07
shilo07 on August 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm

great theatre i used to go there when they had movies for 75cents.i saw lethal weapon2 and days of thunder. and other great films

shilo07
shilo07 on August 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

i agree with movie man 67. there was a long line on thursday. the line would go around the block i know i was there on thursday.

Leeman
Leeman on September 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Onemadsniper….I worked there too from 88 to 91. Email me at

gman037
gman037 on September 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

I saw Sink the Bismarck there with Dana Wynter back in, what, 1956

Dandogdds
Dandogdds on April 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Worked there in the mid 80’s. Was my first job and it was a blast to work there. The nachos were famous back then. We wouldn’t even put the nachos in the little plastic bowls. We should just fill the cardboard box you put the plastic bowl in with a ton of chips and cheese. It was like 3 nacho bowls for the price of 1. It did get a bit stuff in there and we would have to go out back and start the “swamp cooler” by climbing up a steel girder, avoiding falling, and pushing a button. I’m surprised no one got electrocuted or fell to their deaths. Was a great time. Dan M.

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