4 Star Theatre

5112 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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MSC77 on December 21, 2017 at 9:52 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.

bigjoe59 on September 16, 2016 at 3:01 pm


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

rivest266 on August 7, 2016 at 7:45 am

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

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.

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.

monika on November 22, 2014 at 10:50 am

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

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.

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.

adsausage on November 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

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


turnkey on May 22, 2013 at 11:03 am

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

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.”


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.

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.

drb on June 20, 2011 at 12:50 am

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

kencmcintyre on August 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Here is a March 1977 ad from the LAT:

haineshisway on August 3, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Great Behind The Great Wall ad – I was, of course, there and saw and smelled the film. And a few weeks later I was at the Ritz seeing and smelling Scent of Mystery.

DonSolosan on July 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I went by this place today. Did the church move out as stated above? There is a sign on the side with their web address — the Oasis Christian Center. That site lists “service” times. And there’s still a star (a la Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame) on the sidewalk out front that reads “Jesus Christ the Son of God.”

kencmcintyre on June 23, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Here is a January 1960 ad from the LAT:

kencmcintyre on June 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Here is an October 1952 ad from the LAT:

kencmcintyre on May 14, 2009 at 5:29 am

Here is a November 1974 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Here is part of the injunction from 1976:

Four Star Theatre is a theatre and related property located on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The property is leased by its owners to United Artists Theatres of California, Inc., and subleased by United Artists to James and Artie Mitchell and corporations controlled by them. The sublease calls for rent of $48,000 per year, runs to August 30, 1977, is for the purpose of conducting a theatre, covers furniture, fixtures and equipment, and vests the right of possession in the sublessee.

The Mitchell group operates the theatre, catering to devotees of “X-rated” films. During the calendar year 1974, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department observed over 30 acts of public masturbation by patrons of the theatre. Employees of the Mitchell group were instructed to cause a warning of the presence of officers in the theatre to be flashed on the screen whenever their presence was known. While ushers sometimes patrolled the aisles, the patrol was sporadic at best except when police officers were known to be present.

William on December 23, 2008 at 12:58 pm

The theatre chain was United Artists Theatres and the subleased party was the Mitchell Brothers which showed adult films there along with a few other locations in Los Angeles area.

kencmcintyre on December 23, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Here is part of an LA Times article dated 1/27/76:

The controversial Four Star Theater has resumed operations under a state Supreme Court stay of a Los Angeles Superior Court injunction which closed its doors last December 2. Superior Judge Harry Hupp had shut down the theater at the request of the Los Angeles city attorney’s office under the state’s 1913 Red Light Abatement Act, designed to combat “lewdness or prostitution”.

The theater at 5112 Wilshire Boulevard is owned by Chief U.S. District Judge Albert Lee Stephens, Jr. and two of his daughters. However, it is leased to a theater chain and subleased over the Stephens' family’s protests to a group which is showing X-rated movies.

Police chief Edward M. Davis has complained of numerous arrests for lewd conduct in the theater. Hupp emphasized his decision was based on lewd activity and not the content of the movies.