Music Hall Theatre

9036 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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Originally opened as the Elite Theatre on April 24, 1937, it had a seating capacity of 824 and was designed by architect Wilfred B. Verity. It is just down the street from International Creative Management and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

By 1948 it had been renamed Music Hall Theatre, and it was renovated in 1960 to the plans of architect Arthur J. Drielsma. In 1974 it was taken over by Laemmle Theatres. It was later tripled and renovated in the mid-1990’s. In 2005, the seating capacities in the three auditoriums were;142, 98 and 259. Its Art Deco style appearance has remained to this day and continues to be a local favorite showing independent films. It was threatened with closure in early-2011, but got a least a one year extension on its lease.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Yes,great news,the pictures I saw show a beautiful Theatre.

silver on March 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm

In response to a suggestion on their Facebook page of having later screenings, Laemmle replied: “Unfortunately, Beverly Hills municipal code prohibits us from starting movies after 10pm.” That’s not a great help when trying to entice younger movie goers.
Plus BH’s parking rules and enforcement are Draconian.

It’s terrific Laemmle got a one year lease reprieve. But I’d bet the landlord is just buying time until the economy turns around to put retail/office space there.

Richie_T on January 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

Sad news. Theater to close this weekend.

BRADE48 on January 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Really? The Laemmle site shows may bookings for the Music Hall in the Coming Soon portion on thier Website.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on January 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Yeah, and they have showtimes extending past the weekend…

Richie_T on January 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

My bad… saw a piece on the news about the closing of the Music Hall due to lease issues… seemed like the theater was closing THIS weekend… drove past today and it looks like business as usual.

frenchjr25 on January 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

The Music Hall also has a place in TV history. Betty White’s very first sitcom, 1952’s “Life With Elizabeth”, was produced here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Architect J. Arthur Drielsma designed the renovation of the Music Hall for Herbert Rosener that is featured in the 1960 Boxoffice article that Tinseltoes linked to earlier. The project involved completely rebuilding the gutted interior as well as redesigning the front.

So far, Laemmle has managed to keep this house open a year beyond its reported closing date. The slack real estate market probably has something to do with that.

moviebuff82 on April 3, 2017 at 12:22 pm

I’m surprised this venue is still around.

Homeboy on May 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm

I go often and have yet to see the theater full. They can’t be making any money. To save this theater, that sits on desirable Beverly Hills land, formulate a plan now before it becomes actively threatened. By that time, it’s often hard to turn things around.

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