Fiesta Theatre

2131 W. Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90006

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Empire Theatre exterior

Built in 1914 and opened as the Swann Theatre. By 1929 it was operating as the Empire Theatre. On December 25, 1963 it was renamed West Side Theatre. On December 8, 1976 it was renamed Fiesta Theatre and began screening East Indian movies. By 1984 it was a Spanish language live theatre.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 12, 2007 at 6:17 am

The 1967 Los Angeles yellow pages lists the Fiesta Theater at this address.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 25, 2007 at 8:42 am

There’s some renovation going on. I wasn’t allowed in to look around.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2007 at 7:22 am

The parcel profile report for this address from the L.A. city planning department gives a construction date of 1914 for the building now on the site. It doesn’t reveal whether the building was built specifically as a theatre or not.

Michael
Michael on September 17, 2008 at 1:13 pm

I remember seeing the remake of DOA here in 1988. It was pretty rundown from what I remember.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Listed as the Empire Theatre in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory, but with an address of 2129 W. Pico.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Migratory address? I think it’s probably so. The 1915 City Directory lists a Cate & Swann Theater at 2127 W. Pico. The 1914 building at that address probably was built as a theater.

The parcel on the corner of Pico and Lake is given a Lake Street address by the L.A. County Assessor’s office, and it too is occupied by a building erected in 1914, but from Ken’s photos and the Google Maps view, it looks like the Empire was in the building east of that, on the lot the Assessor’s office still lists as 2127 W. Pico. They give the 1914 building there an effectively built date of 1922, so the original theater was probably expanded at that time.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm

The theater was used for live performances in 1984, according to this LA Times item from September of that year:

Marga Lopez, Maria Teresa Rivas and Blanca Guerra will reprise their roles in “Ausencia de Dios”, an abridged Spanish-language version of John Pielmeier’s “Agnes of God” that will play additional performances today and Saturday at the Fiesta Theater, 2131 W. Pico. (387-8882).

rivest266
rivest266 on October 24, 2019 at 3:30 pm

This became the West Side theatre on December 25th, 1963. Tiny grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 17, 2019 at 10:18 am

Reopened as Fiesta on December 8th, 1976 with “Dharti Ma Chhoru” and “Arzoo”, both from India.

8 दिसंबर, 1976 को “धरती मा छुरू” और “आरज़ू”, दोनों के साथ फिएस्टा के रूप में फिर से खोला गया।

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