Magnolia Theatre

4403 W. Magnolia Boulevard,
Burbank, CA 91505

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The Magnolia Theatre was another ill-fated Burbank movie house. It had a rather ordinary Art Moderne facade and a very well maintained auditorium. It closed in 1979 and has been used most recently as a recording studio.

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Satweavers on January 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

The Magnolia Theater appears in this YouTube clip of an episode of “Electrawoman and Dyna Girl”.

BillCounter on March 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

The CSUN photo linked by -DB in May 2010 as the Avenue Theatre “Northeast San Fernando Valley” is actually the Avenue Theatre in Cebu City, Phillipines.

The CSUN photo:
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A blog post featuring a Cebu City souvenir booklet:
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The booklet photo showing the Avenue:
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Roy on June 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I posted back in 2008 that I have the original box office plate glass, four sides, with art deco scrolls from this theatre. I’ve been considering donating the the Burbank historical society, but if someone is interested in making me an offer, contact me. I also have an original art deco mirror from the lobby.

ChrisB on December 2, 2011 at 5:38 am

The top photo is a still capture from the 1954 Fred MacMurray/Kim Novak film Pushover, which aired a couple days ago on Turner Classic Movies – there was also a nice shot of the original marquee (which was totally different from the one in the ElectraWoman and DynaGirl episode).

Juronimoo on January 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm


I was inquiring about the items that you have for the Magnolia Theatre. I am the new owner of it and would be interested in the items that you have. Could you please contact me at . Thank you…. Shawn

P.S. If anyone has any great pictures of this theatre I would be interested in purchasing those as well…..

2bloto on February 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

As a resident of Burbank, I would love to see this terrific old theater restored to its former glory and used as a revival house/live venue.

meheuck on March 2, 2012 at 5:45 am

Shawn (Juronimoo), what can you tell us about the building since you’ve acquired it? I have to assume that the floor is leveled and there’s little left to suggest it had been a theatre, but are there any artifacts left? Wall hangings, light fixtures, sconces, anything?

2bloto on March 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

The Magnolia Theater, 1944.

Virgil on October 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm


This is Virgil. I’m sure you remember me? Did you stay in contact with Ron and if so, where is he at these days.


wsasser on February 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Watched Pushover with Fred McMurray and Kim Novak today – the Magnolia Theater was in it.

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