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 became the Oasis Theatre, available to hire for live performances.

In 2013, there is talk of plans to demolish the building.

Contributed by William Gabel, Ken Roe

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 7, 2009 at 1:03 am

Here is a March 1977 ad from the LAT:
http://tinyurl.com/nvnhey

drb
drb on June 20, 2011 at 3:50 am

There’s some great night footage of the old neon marquee in the 1960s here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0lEosbR-Vg

dibblabio
dibblabio on February 22, 2012 at 4:55 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
LAConnection on November 16, 2012 at 10:51 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
nixols on December 12, 2012 at 5:06 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.”

http://larchmontchronicle.com/oasis-christian-church-new-home/

turnkey
turnkey on May 22, 2013 at 2:03 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
adsausage on November 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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

http://www.adsausage.com/ad.cfm?id=52937

ScottyA
ScottyA on June 3, 2014 at 10:16 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
haineshisway on June 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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

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