Del Mar Theatre

5036 W. Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90019

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 31, 2006 at 8:33 am

I drove by the theater yesterday. It’s still being used as a sound studio.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 28, 2006 at 6:39 pm

While trying to locate the massive FORUM THEATRE on Pico Blvd I came across the Del Mar Theatre with pleasant surprise.
My wife and I are looking for a small single screen house to re-open (not to far from Hollywood).
We plan to screen British (theme) movies, and maybe some small live presentations, but need various assistance in funding to restore something like the Del Mar Theatre. We have a non-profit 501c3 license, managerial operation and experience as well as professional assistance in art-deco, etc.
To those of you interested in our project, please contact Simon and Kathleen at .. and let’s get the marquee light up again and put the “show” back into show business at the Del Mar!

brmorgan
brmorgan on August 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm

I recall the del Mar Theater from my first days as an independent filmmaker in 1974.
The message for programming droned on with no characterizations “This is the Del Mar Theater by recording.”
I loved the affordable and remote and somewhat dilapidated surroundings as a place to meditate on all those films.
‘Now we are losing Bing theater and I recently visited the Paley center for media in Beverly Hills.
The particular showing from the John Frankenheimer retrospective had one other person in the audience.
I recall days at the Newart and the Fox Venice and the Tiffany and many more revival houses.
The theater going public of today still exists but I believe they are locked safely and affordably in their houses.
What is missing is the SHARED EXPERIENCE IN THE DARK where you hear others laughing or screaming at an episode and the realization that we all agree far more than we know on what is interesting.
Now I make a film and I am hard pressed to imagine an opening at someplace like the Del Mar.
Visit my film page if you will
www.myspace.com/project_lodestar_sagas

JoeMilner
JoeMilner on January 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hi there,
My name is Joe Milner, I’m the owner of the Del Mar Theater, and my company, Puget Sound, Inc., does post-production sound editing and mixing for films. We have a mixing and ADR stage in the rear of what was once the main auditorium, and my girlfriend Laura Mendoza has her graphic design studio, La Artista Design, in the main room as well.

When I got the building in 2001, it had long since been gutted; no seats, screen, lobby equipment, projection, etc. The raked floor had been removed, and a new level slab poured. At that time, it was being used as a photography studio. The exterior was as you see in Bob Meza’s photo above; dead marquee, boarded-up ticket booth, many coats of whitewash, poster frames missing. Through the City of Los Angeles’ Pico Revitalization project in 2003-05, the marquee was restored and is lit every night, the building was painted, and the slate tiles around the base of the building uncovered. I restored the booth and exterior poster frames myself. I’m hoping to find a solution that will allow me to demolish the ugly security fence, yet still keep the booth and outer terrazzo foyer protected.

I often get questions about reopening as a cinema, but even without the inherent problems of keeping a one-screen theater in business these days, the ongoing problem of a complete lack of parking in this area makes the idea a non-starter.

So for now, although it is not an actual cinema, I’m doing my best to at least keep it as part of the moviemaking process!

Cheers,
Joe

KJB2012
KJB2012 on January 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Thanks for the report, Joe.
I’ve driven by this house a lot and always wondered if it was being used for anything.
It’s great to see the marquee lit.

dctrig
dctrig on April 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

It was beautiful to see the Delmar sign lit as I stood outside Theatre Theatre across the street yesterday waiting to go in and see a play, “Small Engine Repair.”

I try to use Metro from N Hollywood as much as possible and used the opportunity to walk Pico from Fairfax to La Brea. Not much business activity; however, there is an oasis around the Delmar(a comedy club, equity waiver theater, and Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, where I had great scrambled eggs in a very business restaurant).

The Delmar sign is visible for a number of blocks and an anchor for the neighborhood.

Johnnie Wooten
Johnnie Wooten on April 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I enjoyed info. on the Delmar theater I the saw movie
Julie there in about 1957 with Doris Day and Louie Jourdan. Great Movie,My first movie .They also showed
movies I believe in the mid 80ties for a little bit.Johnnie W.

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