Carlton Theatre

5409 S. Western Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90062

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Fox Carlton Theatre exterior (closed)

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The Carlton Theatre was a 1,200-seat Fox movie house. It was opened by 1924 and closed in the late-1950’s. It had been demolished by 1972.

Contributed by William Gabel

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MagicLantern
MagicLantern on September 17, 2004 at 4:25 pm

Before the new board ate her comment, someone sez:

“LindaM6288 > Jun 2, 2003 2:43 PM EDT
My brother and sister and I spent many a Saturday afternoon at this theatre. They had children’s matinees every week and for 25¢, I recall, you could see two features plus a cartoon and previews of coming attractions both for the regular theatre and for next weeks childrens matinee on Saturday. My brother was just reminding me of how he saw the Three Stooges in person at this theatre. I remember the candy being 6¢ and 12¢. I would always get ju-ju-bees because they lasted longer. Sometimes I would splurge on a 12 cent box of Flicks – chocholate wafers (before Hersey kisses) that came packed in a box cylinder container. They even had membership cards that were punched each week you attended. When it was your birthday or birthday week, you came up on stage at intermission and stuck your hand into a grab bag full of money and candy and kept everything you could hold on to. BOY THOSE WERE THE DAYS.”

teecee
teecee on April 1, 2005 at 3:14 pm

The film “Ed Wood” depicts the premiere of “Plan Nine From Outer Space” (1959) as taking place at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The premiere was actually held at the Carlton Theatre in Los Angeles.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Here is a larger version of the photo at the top:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015268.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2007 at 2:31 pm

The LA Times reported on 7/15/24 that Harry Arthur, Jr, general manager of West Coast theaters, was starting a matinee program for children. The Tuesday show at the Carlton in July 1924 featured the film “Scaramouche”, a musical performance by Floryane Thompson, who sang the Marsellaise, a Felix the Cat cartoon and Pathe news.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2007 at 2:36 pm

The Carlton was being used as a church in 1958. There’s no report of its demoltition some time later.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 20, 2007 at 11:54 am

The Carlton would have been just below the intersection on the left. I don’t recall offhand what’s there now:
http://tinyurl.com/235ony

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 23, 2007 at 12:33 am

I drove by the intersection today. The theater was on the southwest corner of 54th and Western. There’s a paved lot now, but it looks like there was something in that space after the theater. Perhaps a gas station.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Aerial views in 1972 show the theater as already gone. That narrows down the time frame for the demolition a bit.

jamesaharrod
jamesaharrod on July 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I went by the site of the Carlton in the early 1990s. There was a McDonald’s Restaurant on that site. I have a photo if anyone is interested in seeing it posted. Looking at that address today via Google maps shows what appears to be a fenced in construction yard.

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