Campus Theatre

1020 N. Vermont Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90029

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Circa 1968 photo courtesy of Michael Moran.

Located at Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, the Campus Theatre was opened on November 22, 1939 with Robert Young in “Maisie” & Bing Crosby in “East Side of Heaven”. It was twinned in the early-1990’s and was last operated by Metropolitan Theatres. It closed in early-2006.

By 2010, it was in use as a Spanish language live theatre, which closed in summer 2011. In the summer of 2018 the building was purchased and is due to open as a live music venue in 2019.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

geoshale on January 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Growing up by L.A.C.C I saw many movies there in the 60’s & 70’s with my family.

It had a co-starring role in one of the Ozzie & Harriet episodes when one of the sons gets a job as an usher working in a theatre. One scene shows Ricky/David walking down Vermont to the theatre.

I used to talk to the projectionist, I don’t remember his name, but vividly remember he had a bad limp.

Bill in S.G.

josephsobora on June 26, 2009 at 5:11 am

I’ve been to the Campus theatre once back in 2003. I went to see “Spy Kids 3: Game Over” in 3-D. Apparently, while the original exterior of that theatre was torn down and renovated into a small modern look in the late 80s. The original single screen was kept fully intact, but not in very good condition. This theatre has lots of grime between the ceilings and the seats weren’t any good since it was very uncomfortable and had graffiti on some of them. The sound system in the theatre was very poor, mostly in mono. The screen was very small but it was the original screen.The good thing about this theatre is that they show first-run English-language films with Spanish Subtitles with triple features. I still remember that policy trailer from Metroplitan Theatres Corporation. I wish I could find it.

kencmcintyre on November 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

This is from the LA Times on Christmas Eve, 1951:

A 75-year-old housewife collapsed and died at Hollywood Receiving Hospital 45 minutes after her husband’s death was reported to her there. Police said Walter Young, 83, was in conversation with Manley P. Hall, head of a philosophical society, who had lectured minutes earlier at the Campus Theater, 1020 N. Vermont Avenue, when he dropped to the floor.

Young, police say, was taken to Hollywood Receiving Hospital, where attendants pronounced him dead. Forty five minutes later, his wife went into the hospital with friends. She collapsed and died when informed of her husband’s death.

gxl on April 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Apparently the theater has been bought by a Hispanic theater group. They have renamed it “Teatro ChuperAmigos”. They stage plays and also lease out the theater to Lieberman Broadcasting who use it as a studio for a few of their shows. I’m glad to see the theater live on and not be turned into a strip mall. More info:

spectrum on August 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Looks like Teatro ChuperAmigos is doing quite well!

The front facade is quite different from the historical photos because it looks like most of the original lobby was demolished at sometime, replaced with a recessed front and a nice courtyard in front.

meheuck on August 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Apparently the live operators have departed, and the theatre is vacant and available.

DavidZornig on October 21, 2014 at 5:22 am

Apparently closed now. I posted two photos courtesy of Michael Moran. One is from circa 1968.

meheuck on September 6, 2018 at 11:43 pm

Bought and scheduled to open as a live music venue in 2019

rivest266 on September 19, 2019 at 2:38 pm

This opened on November 22nd, 1939. Grand opening ad posted.

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