Four Star Theatre

5112 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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UA Four Star Theatre

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Built by United Artists and playing first run United Artists films, this opened in the early-1930’s as the 4 Star Theatre, and 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

Recent comments (view all 83 comments)

dibblabio on February 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

As of January 2012, the building is still a church (Oasis Church), but Oasis has just announced they are leaving the building for another venue, and will be (have already?) sold it. With the new BMW dealership next door, the ritzy apartment complex across the street, and a dying decrepit Burger King next door, I wouldn’t be surprised if the new owners knock it down and start from scratch. As a 500ish-seater theater with no parking, there are few uses left for it as is.

LAConnection on November 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I lived within walking distance of the Four Star for years and years. It was a great old palace, but, it got pretty run down by the end. And, having no parking lot in the middle of the Miracle mile district really hampered business. The first double feature I remember seeing there in the 80s was Hitchcock’s 39 STEPS with Tarkovsky’s SOLARIS. Bizarre double feature, but great great films. Lots of memories, but the the best was probably attending a screening of the 1986 restoration of 1937’s LOST HORIZON introduced by Jane Wyatt herself. As she introduced the screening Wyatt said that the film’s original premiere 50 years earlier was also held at the Four Star! Wow.

nixols on December 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Looks like the tenants bought a historic church a few blocks away and will be leaving. “…Oasis will be moving in the near future from its present headquarters at Wilshire near Highland, a former movie theater.”

turnkey on May 22, 2013 at 11:03 am

Looks like a demo is in its future:

adsausage on November 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

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

ScottyA on June 3, 2014 at 7:16 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 11:00 am

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 10:50 am

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

RJwestla on January 4, 2015 at 9:25 pm

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

Logan5 on January 15, 2015 at 4:18 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.

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