4 Star Theatre

5112 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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The Four Star

Built by United Artists and playing first run United Artists films, the UA 4 Star Theatre opened on November 29, 1933 with Leslie Howard in “Berkeley Square”. It was was a sister theatre to the United Artists Theatre in Pasadena. In the late-1930’s it was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres until the 1940’s, when United Artists took control again. It remained a first run theatre for United Artists movies until the 1970’s, when by then it had been equipped with 70mm projection equipment. The theatre ran some of the best films in Hollywood, showing repertory films on a large 70mm screen.

When the Mitchell Brothers of San Francisco took over it became an adult cinema for 10 years, later reverting to 3rd run release and Indian movies.

It eventually closed and became a church. In 1999, the church cemented over the Art Deco style bas relief figures on the facade which depicted ‘Artistry’ and ‘Unity’, which were also a feature on the United Artists Theatres in Pasadena and Belvedere Gardens (East Los Angeles). The church moved out in 2012 and the building briefly became the Oasis Theatre, available to hire for live performances.

It was demolished in December 2014.

Contributed by William Gabel, Ken Roe

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turnkey on May 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Looks like a demo is in its future: http://losangelestheatres.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-teardown-for-four-staroasis-theatre.html?spref=fb

adsausage on November 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

‘The Magic Christian’ held its Gale Premiere here, with Ringo Starr in person.


ScottyA on June 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

When they installed those 70mm projectors in the 1980s, it was truly a first-class theater. Terrific! It was a shame that because of its location, it couldn’t function as a first-run house. Back then, you either opened in Westwood or Hollywood.

haineshisway on June 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm

At the END it couldn’t function as a first-run house. It was a first-run house for decades.

monika on November 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Demolition of the Four Star building is scheduled to begin soon. It’s a shame.

RJwestla on January 4, 2015 at 11:25 pm

The wrecking ball hit this cinema and the adjacent Burger King last month. Change status to demolished.

Logan5 on January 15, 2015 at 6:18 pm

“Gone With The Wind” was screened for the press at the Four Star on December 12, 1939 (three days before the huge Atlanta premiere). For more info see the book “The Art of Gone With the Wind: The Making of a Legend” by Judy Cameron, Paul J. Christman and Daniel Mayer Selznick.

rivest266 on August 7, 2016 at 9:45 am

This opened on November 29th, 1933. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this theatre.

bigjoe59 on September 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm


what was the last 1st run engagement this
theater had?

MSC77 on December 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

“The Graduate” opened here fifty years ago today. The film went on to play one week shy of a full year. (Anyone know of a film that played here for a longer period of time?) And here’s a retrospective article to commemorate the film’s golden anniversary.

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