Warner Huntington Park

6714 Pacific Boulevard,
Huntington Park, CA 90255

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le0pard13
le0pard13 on December 29, 2009 at 2:15 am

The blog posts on my projectionist stint (in case the link doesn’t for folks) is below:

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HTH

le0pard13
le0pard13 on December 28, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Sorry if there were problems with the link. Here’s the full Flickr URL:

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HTH

le0pard13
le0pard13 on December 28, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Please ignore. Stupidly removed myself from email notification. This is to put myself back on ;–)

William
William on December 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm

le0pard13 your here and these picture links send you back to this page without any pictures.

le0pard13
le0pard13 on December 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Great b/w shot, Chuck1231. Over the weekend, I was down there and took these. Thanks.

le0pard13
le0pard13 on December 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm

For those who are interested, I’ve been blogging about my short stint there (1976 – 77) in a series since last spring (when I found this site and this entry). It can be found here. Thanks.

gman99
gman99 on November 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers this beautiful lady fondly.

I’ve kicked around the idea the last couple of years of somehow buying the theater and showing classic films…..in similar fashion to the Bay Theater down in Seal Beach.

If only I didn’t already owe so much on my college loans.

mislentes
mislentes on August 6, 2009 at 3:59 am

The city is filled with talent, and nowhere to express it…can’t we do something about that? is anyone on my page????

mislentes
mislentes on August 6, 2009 at 3:52 am

who owns this theatrical geme? anyone know?

le0pard13
le0pard13 on March 31, 2009 at 3:34 am

Growing up (during my Junior and High School days) in rival South Gate, I regularly came to Huntington Park to take in the movies at any of the three theaters that were so closely located on Pacific blvd. SG only had its drive-in and a small theater on Tweedy compared to HP’s better commercial area. Later, I worked there as a part-time projectionist back in the mid-70’s (I was in jr. college while my brother worked there full-time). Owned by an Armenian-American business man who also owned some other theaters (one of them might have been the Warners San Pedro). I have some fond memories of this place. When I was first there, it ran spanish-speaking or -dubbed movies. And, it had a weekly amateur night on their stage (the projectionists were then re-deployed to do the audio/microphone/spotlight support)—some of the singers were surprisingly good.

Later, the owner switched the content to popular U.S. movie releases and re-releases. It was an independent, but could, from time-to-time, get some first-run movies. My favorite of those was probably Eastwood’s now recognized early great, The Outlaw Josey Wales. Heck, there were times I would go to the distributors and pick-up/return the reel cans! The two longest playing films there (during my time) were Jaws (6 weeks) and The Exorcist (4 weeks), both in re-release. They were there so long, the projectionist didn’t need to watch the film cues for the changeovers. We could do it just by listening to the dialog (they played so long).

It also had roof-access from the projectionist booth. And that area served as the best location to view the annual Huntington Park Christmas Lane parade come each December. I left before the twin-screen renovation. I’ve been to and seen the Wiltern, San Pedro, Pantages, and other art-deco designed theaters, and the Huntington Park Warner (when it was in good shape) compared very favorably as a grand lady of movie theaters. I hope someone restores her to her previous glory.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on March 4, 2009 at 5:08 am

Didn’t the exterior for this theatre appear in Near Dark (showing Aliens)?

William
William on February 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm

replicmike, it all depends on how many screens in the complex. At this theatre one man could run both booths, but over at CityWalk before the Imax room it took two projectionists to run. And at some Pacific Drive-In locations that were nearby. They had one projectionist run both theatres, Studio Drive-In and Centinela Drive-In. Over in Glendale, Pacific had one man running the Roxy and Regency plus Mann’s Alex Theatre. It’s all in scheduling start times and timers.

JSittig1
JSittig1 on December 29, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Although the theatre and surrounding theatre have seen better days, it still is in pretty good shape inside. All the projection equipment has been removed. Two of the mezzanine chandeliers and much of the booth equipment can be seen in the Jim Carrey movie, THE MAJESTIC. Pacific rented that stuff to the studio for that production. The twinning of the theatre in the early 80’s was done with some care and could be undone by someone with deep pockets.

millermike
millermike on December 29, 2008 at 7:06 pm

What’s your thought on the way projection booths are today? Looks like they need only one projectionest for their multi-flexs

William
William on December 24, 2008 at 12:01 am

No just a projectionist.

millermike
millermike on December 23, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Wiltern was my favorite Warner theatre. You must have been a manager working in their theatres.

William
William on December 23, 2008 at 8:06 pm

I got to work at four of the Warner houses in Southern California.
Hollywood Pacific (aka: Warner Hollywood)
Warner Beverly Hills
Warner Huntington Park
Wiltern

millermike
millermike on December 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm

it was a great time, had 3-d movies. The change over to Cinemascope and stereo sound. Jack Warner previewed his movies there.

William
William on December 23, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I worked there too, afew times.

millermike
millermike on December 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Worked there in the 50’s.

millermike
millermike on November 19, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I remember that working there at that time as a doorman. People came out mad and demanded there money back. Most tickets were prepaid, so they couldnt refund the money, but they said to come back in the next weeks and get a full refund. They started the regular show to cool off the people, but that didnt work. It was scary.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 19, 2008 at 3:17 am

Here is an excerpt from an LA Times story dated 9/18/54:

Huntington Park police were alerted to stand by for a possible riot last night after a giant picture tube burned out during the closed circuit telecast of the Marciano-Charles fight at the Stanley Warner Theater.

The theater’s screen went blank at the start of the eighth round, before the knockout. Admission money had to be refunded. Paramount Downtown played to 85% of capacity. Fox Wilshire, Orpheum and Warners Downtown all reported 75% of capacity.