Empire Theatre

2131 W. Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA

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kencmcintyre on November 12, 2009 at 7:20 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).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 8, 2009 at 12:30 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2008 at 11:58 pm

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

Michael on September 17, 2008 at 3:13 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 3, 2007 at 9:22 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.

kencmcintyre on July 25, 2007 at 10:42 am

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

kencmcintyre on March 12, 2007 at 8:17 am

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

William on October 17, 2003 at 10:35 am

The Empire Theatre is located at 2131 W. Pico Blvd.

William on October 9, 2002 at 12:17 pm

The Empire theatre dates back into the early 30’s. During the mid to late 70’s this theatre ran adult films. Before it closed and sat for a few years. A new independent operator tried to reopen the house, but after about a year it closed again. During that time the theatre was named the Fiesta Theatre. Soon after that a church started to use the theatre.