Fox Studio City Theatre

12136 Ventura Boulevard,
Studio City, CA 91604

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DavidZornig on September 29, 2015 at 5:32 am

Recent piece on the book store. Copy and paste to view.

tovangar2 on September 13, 2015 at 11:55 am

Current interior photos are here:

tovangar2 on September 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

Historic photo of the Studio City theater is here:

William on October 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Don S, I said missing as the way it looked as a movie theatre the last time I saw a film there. Missing was the wrong word to use.

DonSolosan on October 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

To William and tlsloews, the lobby is not “missing.” It’s simply with the remodeling necessary to turn the theater into a store, that space is now the least recognizable.

ohmyrtle on October 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I was watching the “Dragnet 1968” box set and in the first episode, there’s a great shot of Friday and Gannon pulling up in front of the Studio City theater (although Friday’s voice over says the theater is at Western and Olympic!). Dr. Zhivago is playing, according to the marquee.

Later in the episode, they also drive past the Oriental Theater on Sunset Blvd.

TLSLOEWS on July 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I hate to ask a dumb question William but how can the Lobby be missing? Just wondering.The Lobby is most of the time between the Entrance and the auditorium,I know that this is a bookstore now.

William on July 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Yes, the auditorium is still there. Once you walk in the front doors, you are in the store and can see the auditorium. The lobby is missing.

TLSLOEWS on July 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Very nice photos,was just wondering is the auditorium still there I did not read about in it any of the posts.

kencmcintyre on November 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Here is another photo of the bookstore:

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 20, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Been There – Done That

kencmcintyre on March 5, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Here are two photos taken yesterday while inching my way down Ventura Boulevard at rush hour:

kencmcintyre on October 25, 2007 at 7:12 am

Here is a March 1948 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on August 17, 2007 at 9:05 pm

“Two Minute Warning” was playing at the Studio in November 1976, according to an LA Times ad. You have to admire the casting in this film, which I remember fondly from the blimp crashing into the Rose Bowl (or possibly the Coliseum). In no particular order, the film starred Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Marilyn Hassett(?), David Janssen, Jack Klugman, Walter Pidgeon, Gena Rowlands, Brock Peters, David Groh (the husband on “Rhoda”), Anthony Davis (USC football star) and Joe Kapp (NFL quarterback). Probably worth renting for the cast alone.

RRP on September 12, 2005 at 2:48 pm

I was the Manager of the Studio Theatre in 1985. It was a tremendous experience and is where I met my wife, Beth. They don’t make them like this anymore. After the Studio, I went to the Upland, National, Manhattan, Criterion, and finally Del Amo. It all seems like a lifetime ago. Unbelievable!! Thanks, Chuck!!

YMike on March 8, 2005 at 8:42 am

There is a scene from an episode of the 1985 “Twilight Zone” show that was shot right in front of this theatre. You can see the ticket booth, marque and posters clearly.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 12, 2004 at 3:49 am

I have found further information on the Fox Studio City Theatre;

Architect: Clifford A. Balch
Architect plans dated 1937
Theatre opened 1938 or possibly 1939.
Building Engineer: W.E. Wilson
Built for Pacific Theatre/Laurel Theatres

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 6, 2004 at 7:18 am

Any further information ie, Architect, Opening date (or year) would be very much appreciated. Thanks

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 22, 2004 at 5:52 am

The Fox Studio City Theatre opened about 1939. It had a seating capacity of 880. It closed to movies in February 1991.

bruceanthony on January 31, 2004 at 10:29 pm

The Studio was a lovely neigberhood house. It was in good condition until the day the theatre closed. My friend Rickie James was the last manager to run the Studio before it closed. Rickie had also worked at the La Reina, Glendale and Alex theatres for Mann. Rickie passed away on Jan 11,2004 at age 47 due to a stroke. Many TY and Film stars use to attend movies at the Studio Theatre. Many sneak previews were done at the Studio Theatre. Both Rickie and his Studio Theatre are missed.brucec

William on October 2, 2002 at 8:49 am

Yes, The Studio Theatre was a beautiful theatre. But one of the reasons why Mann Theatres dropped it from its chain. Was they did not own the property it was a lease. A new large 18 screen multi-plex theatre opened about two miles away at Universal City. So Mann theatre since the mid 70’s dropped low profit single screen theatres or theatres that their leases were about to run out. Like the La Reina , El Portal, Fox Venice, Rialto, Highland, El Rey, Fairfax, Wilshire, Fox Wilshire, Loyola, Academy, Fifth Ave., Fox Inglewood, Academy Pasadena, State, Lido, Vogue, Fox Hollywood, Hollywood, Fox Northridge, Guild, Imperial, Belmont. All of these were part of Mann Theatre’s at one time. There are a few more names on that list. Only one house that made a return to the chain was the Criterion in Santa Monica, they owned the property on that one. Santa Monica area made a really comeback in the mid 80’s. The Mann Theatre’s in Westwood are all on lease, except the National Theatre. The lease owners for the Village and the Bruin theatres were asking just over a million a year as for the two theatres. The theatres are owned by one of the Skouras family. The Skouras family was major titles in the Fox Theatre & Studio operations.

GaryParks on May 10, 2002 at 3:01 pm

The auditorium ceiling’s decorative painting is also intact. The murals on the sidewalls, though sympathetic, are not original.