Lux Theatre

827 W. Third Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Listed as operating as the Bear Theatre in a Los Angeles Times advertisement on March 27, 1914.

Contributed by William Gabel

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vokoban
vokoban on August 15, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Here are a few more things from the LA Times:

(June 6, 1928)
FEED ‘EM FILMS OF WILD WEST, SAY DEFENDANTS
On Third street, downtown, they want westerns. If they get society pictures it is only to be expected that business will fall off. This, according to R.D. Rawson and John Hostetter, explains why Don Thornburg did not make $400 a week out of the Rex Theater they sold him for $20,000. His suit against them to get his money back went to trial before Judge Willis yesterday. Thornberg related that he was living peacefully in Iowa when the defendants persuaded him to buy the theather at 827 West Third street. They say he did not make good because he showed the wrong kind of films. The case may be decided today.

(May 30, 1931)
REX THEATRE, 827 West Third Street, near Figueroa
EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN conducted by DON AND CHARLOTTE McCROSSAN, Seattle, Wn.,…..

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 3:20 pm

So you’re living in Iowa and someone from LA calls you and says “Buy my theater for $20,000”. How does that work?

vokoban
vokoban on August 15, 2007 at 4:31 pm

Maybe they hypnotized him.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 4:33 pm

I see where the Lux is now, after looking at the 1965 photo. It’s on the northeast corner of Figueroa and Third, just before the 110 onramp. I thought it was after the freeway. There is a large apartment complex on that corner now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 3, 2008 at 11:53 pm

The Anita is listed in the LA Times theater guide in 1947. This should be added as an aka.
http://tinyurl.com/46kxvs

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 4, 2009 at 11:55 pm

The 1915 L.A. City Directory lists the Bear Theatre at 827 W. Third Street. That means the Cinema Treasures page for the Bear Theatre is a duplicate listing. It was just an early aka (probably the first) for the Lux.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 25, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I did some research in the LA Times records, and it looks like solicitations for the redevelopment of the block between Figueroa, Flower, 3rd and 4th were taken in December 1966. I think the old buildings on this block, including the theater, were probably cleared in 1967.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, November 1946:

Louis Torres' Lux Theatre has a new face and a new name, for, shining with fresh paint, it has been reopened as the Anita.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 11, 2010 at 10:27 am

In this 1964 aerial photo the Lux can be seen in the middle right, just east of the intersection of Third & Figueroa:
http://tinyurl.com/239nhdd

rrotstanjr
rrotstanjr on July 5, 2014 at 4:19 pm

My dad, Robert Rotstan, and my mom bought the Lux Theater in 1945 right after my dad finished his tour of duty in the US. army Air Corps and they were married. He was a B 25 Pilot stationed in the 310th Bomb Group during WWII . They owned the theater along with a partner Deane Miller and his wife for a short while and then sold it, I suspect to the gentlemen mentioned in another of these posts.

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