Crown Theatre

342 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Santa Monica, CA 50401

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Santa Monica’s second cinema to be named the Crown. This was located slightly closer to the beach on Santa Monica Boulevard than the first Crown Theatre. It operated from 1921 and closed by 1925.

Contributed by Kirk J. Besse

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BillCounter on March 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

It appears that both the 502/504 Santa Monica Blvd. and 342 Santa Monica Blvd. addresses are for the same building. And it’s not in Santa Monica but in Sawtelle.

The Crown is listed in the 1919-20 Santa Monica city directory as being at 504 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle. In the 1923/24 Santa Monica directory the theatre is listed as at 342 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle.

A bit of renumbering. And it would get renumbered again in the mid 20s to the current addresses. The theatre was perhaps between the streets that are now known as Corinth and Perdue.
The Crown was in a building known variously as Masonic Hall, the Barker Building or Barker Block. In addition to the Masons, other tenants included the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Foresters and other similar organizations.

It’s a guess, but I think this postcard view on is our building. Note the posters on display in the arch on the left.

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