Warner Grand Theater

478 W. 6th Street,
San Pedro, CA 90730

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Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro

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Owned by the City of Los Angeles since January, 1996, today’s Warner Grand Theater is the last remaining functioning ‘nabe’ south of downtown L.A. and north of San Diego County. It still screens the classics on its 50 ft. screen and hosts concerts on its vaudeville size stage. Since the city’s acquisition, the theatre has undergone a slow upgrading, including the installation of new dressing rooms, new concession stands, a box office area, redone projection and an upgraded stage system.

This theatre has for over fifteen years been a favorite filming location, seen in numerous TV series from “7th Heaven”, “Melrose Place” and “Party of Five” to major features including “Worth Winning”, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, (as the Apollo), “Pearl Harbor”, “Seabiscuit” and most recently, as a southern West Virginia Bijou in “Win A Date With Tad Hamilton”.

Every Sunday evening, the interior and beautiful exterior of the Warner Grand can be seen in ESPN Classic’s sports movie show, called “Reel Classics”.

The Warner Grand Theater is designated a Historic Cultural Monument.

Contributed by Ray Kaufman

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mrarteest on January 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I volunteer with the GVF (Grand Vision Foundation) and have inside access to this theater. I have a set dedicated to the Warner Grand…

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TLSLOEWS on February 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Great pictures and history.

matt54 on November 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm

That shot of the sign and marquee is awesome, Chuck!

paulsp on January 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

It would appear that this theatre has the rare distinction of still retaining the original marquee, always such an important part of a theatre’s design and so often destroyed over the years.
Looks in great shape, would love to go there someday.

RayKaufman on January 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

The marquee and blade sign were completely repainted in 1996 by John Wittle, then a local painter and funded by Grand Vision Foundation. Originally, only the marquee was to have been repainted back to its original colors, but a local business man made a substantial donation and the blade sign as well as all of the neon were completed.

After stripping the paint off down to bare metal, the original zigzag pattern of the painting was discovered as the marquee had been painted over numerous times. There was a puzzle as to the colors and the proper scheme. When two pieces of angle iron that attached the side panels to the building were removed, the original paint, in like new, undisturbed condition was discovered allowing for a match and pattern to be determined.

What was in many ways important, was that original thin paint strips beneath the angle iron was not stripped for repainting, but re-covered as they were found and still remain as documentation if and when needed.

William on May 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

You can see some of the auditorium and lobby in the new film “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer”.

paulnelson on August 29, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Incredible art deco interior with such great detail.

MJuggler on October 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is giving a lecture on the history of the theatre followed by a complete top to bottom tour of this movie palace on November 8th, 2014. check out http://www.lahtf.org/#news for more details

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

I just spotted this theater in a new Sprint commercial

Trolleyguy on June 5, 2017 at 6:04 am

The marquee and ticket booth show up prominently in the current film “Live by Night.”

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