Magnolia Theatre

4403 W. Magnolia Boulevard,
Burbank, CA 91505

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Susannahmitchell
Susannahmitchell on August 10, 2016 at 7:36 pm

My Mom (85 yr old) did portraits of Yul Brenner, Debbie Rennalds, Elizabeth Taylor and a few others in 1957 that hung in the lobby of a movie theater in Burbank, but can’t remember the name of the theater. Does anyone know what theater this was, or have any info about their whereabouts? I’d love to see them. Thanks!! (949)463-9451

wilberfan
wilberfan on June 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Grew up a couple of blocks from this theater. Only have two specific memories:

1) Seeing “Dr. Strangelove” with my Dad (this would have been during it’s original release), and us being the only two people in the theater laughing.

2) Seeing some cheesy Matt Helm double bill during my early adolescence.

I’d love to have someone set up a tour for theater enthusiasts. I’ve always been curious what the inside looks like (I know it was converted to a recording studio), and what theater features might still exist.

wsasser
wsasser on February 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

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

Virgil
Virgil on October 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Roy,

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.

Virgil

2bloto
2bloto on March 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

The Magnolia Theater, 1944.

http://wesclark.com/burbank/magnolia_theater.jpg

meheuck
meheuck on March 2, 2012 at 3:45 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
2bloto on February 29, 2012 at 1:56 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.

Juronimoo
Juronimoo on January 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Roy,

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…..

ChrisB
ChrisB on December 2, 2011 at 3:38 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).

Roy
Roy on June 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

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.

BillCounter
BillCounter on March 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

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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Satweavers
Satweavers on January 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PAgr36Fg5o

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Now for sale for $6.5 million: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

-DB: That photo has been posted at Cinema Treasures before, but I can’t remember which page it was on. I don’t think anybody was able to identify the theater.

drb
drb on May 12, 2010 at 10:57 am

This old photo of and Avenue Theater that’s vaguely identified as being in “Northeast San Fernando Valley” looks very similar to the Magnolia. Could it have been remodeled in 1940 from an existing theater? Anyone know anything about this one?

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2010 at 1:04 am

Here is a link to the California Index card citing the May 17, 1940, Southwest Builder & Contractor article identifying Clifford Balch as the architect of the new theater to be built at the northwest corner of Magnolia Boulevard and Valley Street. It’s misidentified as the Major Theatre in the caption, but that is the location of the Magnolia Theatre.

GaryParks
GaryParks on April 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I stopped by this theatre for the first time last Friday to see if the terrazzo sidewalk was worth photographing. I was not disappointed. Dispite the fact that the part of it closest to the building has been cut through to make a planting area for some palm trees, there is much fine patternwork remaining. Most of the design is simple striping, with contrasting bands and Moderne curls. In the center part leading to where the theatre entrance and box office once were, there is a fine pattern of curving leaves and—no surprise—a “bouquet” of several magnolia blossoms.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Here is the other photo. I forgot that I took two.
http://tinyurl.com/ykqa3wl

Logan5
Logan5 on August 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

The L.A. County Tax Assessor lists the address as 4403 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

meheuck
meheuck on April 2, 2009 at 10:43 pm

This is an image from the Arthur Penn movie NIGHT MOVES. Is this the same Magnolia?

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Roy
Roy on December 3, 2008 at 11:14 am

Thanks Lost memory for the photo of the Magnolia. I always wondered where the original box office had been. When I worked there from 74 to 1979 you could see in the terrazzo floor a shape that seem to indicate the BO was in the center of the entry way but no one who worked there then knew for sure. BTW, the theatre did not close due to lack of patrons as posted by GerryC above. The old man who ran the Magnolia and its sister theatre in Van Nuys called the Airport, lost his lease to the Magnolia from the family who owned the property. They decided in 1979 to sell. We heard even back then that Striesand was was the buyer and the building was to be converted to a recording studio. I found that ironic as I has seen numerous showing of her version of A Star is Born at the Mag. I believe that she and/or other investors were the original buyers as we learned when the studio was first completed it was called Evergreen. man, I sure miss those days!

Hibi
Hibi on August 13, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Is this the same Magnolia theater that was used in a scene from the 1954 movie Pushover with Kim Novak and Fred MacMurray? I saw the movie on TCM last night…….

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Two things: I’ve dug up some information about the Magnolia Theatre, and the address currently listed for it is wrong. The theatre is at 4403 Magnolia, on the north (odd numbered) side of the street. There is no 4430 Magnolia in Burbank, as the numbers only go up to 4420 at the corner of Clybourn Avenue, and beyond that is the 10300 block of Magnolia in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles.

A mistake in either a card from the L.A. Library’s California Index, or in the article from Southwest Builder & Contractor that the card cited, prevented me from realizing before now that this theatre was designed by Clifford Balch. The card says that the May 17, 1940, issue of SwB&C named Balch as the architect of the “Major Theatre” in Burbank, but it gives the location of the new house as the northwest corner of Magnolia and Valley Street. The Major Theatre was actually at 333 San Fernando Rd., and already existed in 1940. The information on the card must apply to the Magnolia. The L.A. County assessor’s information for the parcel confirms a construction date of 1940 for the building at 4403 Magnolia Blvd.

The confusion must have arisen from the fact that the Magnolia was being built for Al Minor, who was the owner of the Major Theatre. There’s a (very little) bit of information about Al Minor on the Magnolia Theatre page of “Bijou Memories”, a website about Burbank’s movie theatres.

Incidentally, Google Maps has decent photos of all four sides of this building via its Street View feature, thanks to a wide, block-through lot behind the theatre being vacant.

Roy
Roy on February 8, 2008 at 7:56 am

I worked at the Magnolia Theatre from 1974 until it closed in 1979 as the Assistant manager. What an amazing place and boy do I have some fond late night partying stories. When the theatre was getting ready to be closed (because it lost its least, not due to lack of business) lots of stuff was being thrown out. I salvaged the original art deco etched glass (all four sides) of the original box office and two original art deco light sconces. I may be interested in selling these items. Anyone have any ideas on what it anything this stuff may be worth and where to sell it?

Thanks Roy