Eagle Theatre

4884 Eagle Rock Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90041

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Luholtz on November 7, 2017 at 11:10 am

I find it hard do believe that the theatre closed down in 2001. I thought it closed down in the late 80’s early 90’s years. Did the theatre play movies up until 2001?

DavidZornig on May 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Yes. It is The Universal Church today. Below is the Photos page from their Facebook page.

I also ganked one of the 2015 photos and will add it to the Photos section here as well.


CStefanic on May 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Does the Theatre still stand today?

Dandogdds on April 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

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.

gman037 on September 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

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

Leeman on September 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

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

shilo07 on August 10, 2010 at 3:28 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.

shilo07 on August 10, 2010 at 3:25 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

onemadsniper on October 27, 2009 at 4:58 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.

JayAllenSanford on August 8, 2008 at 7:20 am

New book-length Pussycat Theatre history from the San Diego Reader:
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bbarso on May 26, 2008 at 3:57 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!

mdude on January 20, 2008 at 11:47 am

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…

huboon on November 6, 2007 at 8:30 am

I lived in Eagle Rock from 1980 through 1985 during which my age was 14 to 19. If the Eagle had been showing porn during that time, I definitely would have noticed! But it wasn’t. The theater was dumpy but admission was cheap.

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on July 17, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Interesting article on PUSSYCAT….

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Tracker on May 13, 2007 at 12:25 pm

At least the Eagle Cinema is being preserved by the Church which is currently occupying it. I mean, it is neat and clean and the good folks are guaranteed to keep it for years to come. By the way, I saw a board saying they will be screening a movie on June 9th at 5pm. Free Entrance. For a bit of Nostalgia, I will be there. It’s the 10 commandment Classic.

ericwarren on August 1, 2006 at 9:02 am

The Eagle never showed porn, the Pussycat chain bought and remodeled the theatre but community opposition prevented the change in policy.
The theatre was rented to an independent operator who booked mainstream films.

froby on March 21, 2006 at 6:44 am

I never saw this theater as a pussycat (Porno) theater, but the marquee was unmistakeably a “PussyCat job with the two tone purple/pink panels even when it was changed back to the Eagle.
Look at the color photo at the top, notice the colored panels and that oval ring of lights! Totally PussyCat in design.
Currently you can get a "Spiritual Cleansing” at this location. Plans for other venues at this location have not been approved due to lack of parking for the location etc. It is a shame it is not still a little neighborhood theater.

UKuser on November 2, 2005 at 12:42 am


T'he Los Angeles Theatre' on South Broadway, LA is playing host to the UK television show ‘Dead Famous LIVE’. We are currently looking for people who would like to come along as part of the studio audience.

‘Dead Famous LIVE’ is a studio entertainment show all about Hollywood History and the paranormal. We will be welcoming celebrity guests on to the show and investigating famous locations around Hollywood which are rumoured to be haunted including the Los Angeles Theatre itself.

This is an invaluable chance to get access to the Los Angeles Theatre, the place where Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ premiered in 1931 and to have a thoroughly great day out! (And its free!!)

We’re transmitting ‘Live’ back to the United Kingdom so expect it to be exciting and fun!

We will be filming on three days from 11th – 13th November between 11.30am – 4pm. If you are interested in coming on one or all of these days then email me for tickets!


I look forward to your responses!

JoeW on October 21, 2005 at 3:53 am

Disagreeing with Charlie Fisher on local history is never easy, but I really don’t remember the Pussycat chain ever running movies here. I do know that in the mid-70’s they wanted to run adult movies at the nearby Highland, but community activists stopped them.

Joe W.

MRY886 on July 4, 2005 at 7:27 pm

For the record, the current marquee is the one the was installed by the Pussycat chain. That one replaced an earlier neon one that probably dated from the 1950s. They kept the Eagle name so only the word “Pussycat’s” was removed when the theater went back to showing more family oriented fare in the 1980s. Shortly after the Eagle closed, so did the 4 screen multiplex at the Eagle Rock Plaza, leaving only one theater, The Highland, in nearby Highland Park, actually showing movies in Northeast Los Angeles. By the way, the comment about sticky floors was absolutely right, but then, the price was incredably low, so many came, in spite of the floor.

Lynnie on June 8, 2005 at 10:53 am

The grilled openings that were mentioned as part of the orginal designs are still there, but there are no landscapes left from what I could see, I walked back behind and looked up, and the azure ceiling might be hidden under the popcorn..other than that, the place is gutted, you would have to have pictures of the interior to even restore it, the theatre was never designed to be a show piece, just a neighborhood theatre. Even the details on the outside of the building that made it look Spanish in the old pictures are gone!! You would have to rip out the box office and the modern doors to restore the original plan. Too bad…who knows where even the original fixtures went or the old box office, or old marquee…if anyone wants to look at the theatre, you can call the agent, it might even be sold by now, or go around 2pm on a Sunday, or go when the church is hoppin' on a Friday night.

THSA Member

CWillman on June 7, 2005 at 5:19 pm

I know the venue is bare-ish (and not likely to show up as a special bonus on this year’s THS tour—wish I were going!)… but this fellow from TERA seemed to believe that some worthwhile period detail had been plastered over that could still be salvaged if the modernization were carefully removed. I have no idea if he knew what he was talking about or not—like you, I’ve been in there and seen little or nothing of historical interest to the naked eye—but the thought that something might be buried there did intrigue me.

Lynnie on June 7, 2005 at 4:45 pm

I neglected to mention that in the projection room there was a toilet and a sink, but the fire doors to the room are long removed, so when you go up the stairs the room is visable right there in the open! Once again, there is no equipment in the projection room and see my previous note from April 6th of this year about any architecture features left in the theatre. There are along the walls in the auditorium colums that are painted white that I didn’t notice before. The front about 10 rows of seats have been removed for the stage built for the church services. The movie curtain and screen are gone. This venue is very bare and I have been unable to find any pictures of what the original insides ever looked like.
Does anyone know?

THSA Member
ps Hi Ken Roe! See you soon!