Fairfax Cinemas

7907 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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The Fairfax

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The Fairfax Theatre opened on March 26, 1930, and was a 1,504 seat single screen, designed for movies and vaudeville.

Laemmle Theatres purchased and reopened this former Loews Cineplex discount house on November 2, 2001 after an interior makeover with new seats and new carpet added. Extra wide seating was also added which reduced the cinema’s capacity to one screen with 400 seats and two others with 200 seats. The two smaller auditorium’s were carved from the original auditorium’s rear, leaving the original screen and organ grilles intact within the largest auditorium.

Laemmle, which has always attempted to preserve the original historic elements of its acquisitions, retained the theater’s free-standing ticket window. The ticket booth is one of the last in the West Hollywood/Hollywood area.

When Laemmle took over the Fairfax Theatre, the programming was changed to incorporate mostly art house and foreign films.

The Fairfax Theatre was closed by Laemmle Theatres in September 2006. However it was taken over by Regency Theatres and operated as a second run art house. It was closed in late-February 2010, just short of its 80th birthday. In 2013, a City committee approved plans for a 71 apartment complex to be built, preserving the theatre’s facade, arquee and terrazzo floor at the entry, but resulting in the loss of the rest of the theatre.

Contributed by Ray Martinez, Howard B. Haas

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DonSolosan
DonSolosan on March 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

There will be a party tomorrow from noon to 12:30, Saturday, March 27th, out in front of the theater to show support for preservation efforts and to celebrate the theater’s 80th birthday.

The landmark nomination will be heard on April 1st.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on March 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

The LA Times has reported that Regency asked to be let out of their lease, but this isn’t true. The owner refused to make repairs to the structure, and used that as an excuse to force Regency out. Regency has stated that they were happy with the theater’s performance and wanted to stay there. Now if the owner has his way the building will be empty for the two years it takes to work all the environmental impact reports, etc., out, all the while disintegrating from neglect, until the point where if the redevelopment doesn’t occur there will be nothing left to save. That’s being a good neighbor…

In case anyone is wondering, the party went well. Over a hundred people showed up, the Times and ABC 7 covered the event. And there was even a birthday cake…

nickmatonak
nickmatonak on April 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

On April 1st the Cultural Heritage Commission did vote to consider a landmark nomination for the Theatre.
The next step is that the Commission will make a field trip to the the theater and if they approve the nomination it will then move to the Planning and Land Use subcommittee of the city council and if that sub committee approves it then the nomination will move to the City Council for final approval.
Several people did speak in favor of the nomination, Including the Friends of the Fairfax, The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.
The only speaker who objected was a representative of the owner who wants to develop the property into a mixed-used development with 67 condos and a three story underground parking garage which would destroy the theatre, which has been closed since January due to Rain Damage.
Hillsman Wright, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation urged the commission to expedite this nomination due to the deteriorating condition of the theater.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

Interesting youtube videos jwballer.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 5, 2010 at 5:53 am

According to BOXOFFICE The Fairfax Cinemas being a Cineplex-Odeon theatre announced a two dollar All-the-time admission at this L.A. theatre.It will be for a trial period.It will show “encore” films for a two dollar admission price.Cineplex-Odeon wants to see the response to second run movies.Oct 1994.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on July 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Theatre’s all boarded up now.

EndlessMeghan
EndlessMeghan on August 6, 2010 at 10:29 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDkw-CT7b9M

A trailer shot overnight at the theater based largely on the employees' ghostly experiences.

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on January 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I was at the Alex in Glendale last November for their annual Three Stooges festival. In the short where the boys are football players at Gilmore Field you can see the electric sign atop the Fairfax. No one has been able to tell me when the sign came down.

CStefanic
CStefanic on June 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

How can we get ahold of the imbeciles who approved an apartment complex in the theaters place? That is beyond ridiculous. The theater could still see some good times. If anybody has this information, please give it to me in a reply, or PM me.

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