United Artists Inglewood Theatre

148 N. Market Street,
Inglewood, CA 90301

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DavidZornig on April 11, 2018 at 5:23 pm

Circa 1960 photo added credit Online Archive of California, via Hemmings Motor News link below.


Mike Tiano
Mike Tiano on July 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Can someone fact check what I had to say about the UA in this article?


TLSLOEWS on June 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Nice 1955 photos ken mc.

MrWillM on March 11, 2010 at 4:15 am

That was BERK’s Liquor store (not bar) just to the North. The bar was “The Office” in the 50s and 60s.

kencmcintyre on May 14, 2009 at 5:23 am

Here is a June 1974 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on April 18, 2009 at 2:12 am

The UA is on the right in this 1962 photo:

kencmcintyre on April 14, 2009 at 1:03 am

Here is a 1984 photo. The aka of Fox Cinema II should be added.

kencmcintyre on March 22, 2009 at 1:21 am

Here is a view of Market Street circa 1960:

kencmcintyre on November 5, 2008 at 5:28 am

The LA Times reported in September 1933 that the United Artists had been sold for $85,000 cash to Albert Jones, a San Diego theater owner and investor. The seller was Mrs. Nora M. Brown.

kencmcintyre on October 26, 2008 at 1:00 am

From the LA Times, November 1, 1931:

INGLEWOOD, Oct. 31 – Two bandits held up the box office of the United Artists Theater during the second performance last night, effecting the robbery while the motor of their roadster was kept running at the curb. Less than $100 was obtained.

William on October 3, 2008 at 2:25 am

This theatre was known as the Fox Cinema 2, before it was razed.

kencmcintyre on August 28, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Here is a photo when it was the Fox Cinema II:

kencmcintyre on August 17, 2007 at 4:29 am

The Inglewood Theater was listed at 142 N. Market in the mid seventies, per the LA Times adult film ads. Here are two photos of the location today:

bgoogles on July 18, 2006 at 9:07 pm

I was an usher and eventually assistant manager at the UA from 1967 to 1969. I was in high school and had to close almost every night. I worked about 48 hours a week and pulled in a wopping $75.00 after taxes. It was, however, the most fun that I ever had working. 2 or 3 friends also worked there and we all became a sort of family. We would have parties after hours and put Jimi Hendrix on the stereo system in the projection booth. We made a habit of holding on to the bottom weight of the curtain and riding it up 10 or 12 feet for kicks…that is, until a cable broke and we had to spend the night trying to repair it. The manager at that time was Lupita Alvarez. From behind, she looked like Lana Turner. From the front, she looked like Cantinflas! Bert’s Bar was next door and I got to watch all of the drunks walk by while waiting for the last picture show to end. That job taught me much about people as I watched it pass by the double glass doors.

WarrenLewis on April 29, 2005 at 9:44 am

I worked at the United Artists theater in Inglewood as an usher 1962/3. I believe that the assistant managers name was Mr. Cologne, one of the projectionists was named Jack, one of the ticket girls was Gail Lockhart, and some of the other ushers were Mary Phillips, Sharon, and Joe (can’t remember some of the last names). We used to go to the package store next door for soda and sometimes i would go down to King’s pipe ship (a few doors down) and talk to the owner. It was a good time.

Donald John Long
Donald John Long on November 14, 2002 at 12:14 am

This theater is where I and my family saw the best Japanese science fiction movie ever made, “The MYSTERIANS” (Toho, 1958) in late October 1958. I recall staring up at the UA tower with the letters “UNITED ARTISTS” on it, transfixed, as a huge movie display ‘standee’ of the Samurai robot in the movie stood guard outside the ticket booth. It was an unforgettable experience. The theater had just recently been modernized to a Fifties Art Deco Moderne look, painted two-tone grey and blue, and looked really modern and high-tech. We all had a great time there, and saw many classic movies there.

William on October 21, 2002 at 9:29 pm

The UA Theatre was located at 148 N. Market Street. On the below comment about the UA Inglewood not being part of the Fox West Coast Theatres. Is wrong from the early 30’s till about 1945. Fox operated a few UA houses in Los Angeles. The UA was in Fox West Coast district number 4. In the 80’s, it became the Fox II, but it was demolished in the late 90’s by a fire.

Bill H
Bill H on August 13, 2002 at 2:44 am

The architects for this theater were Walker & Eisen, along with C.A. Balch.

GaryParks on April 19, 2002 at 7:51 am

This theatre—without that colossal vertical sign—was still standing, though closed, in 1998. I believe it has since been demolished. It stood across from the Fox.