Warner Grand Theater

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

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William
William on May 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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

RayKaufman
RayKaufman on January 25, 2011 at 1:17 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.

paulsp
paulsp on January 25, 2011 at 9:49 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.

matt54
matt54 on November 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Great pictures and history.

mrarteest
mrarteest on January 24, 2010 at 9:33 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…

View link

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Okay, I asked Hillsman Wright about this at the LAHTF tour today, and he said that Warners originally planned to build 6 theaters in this style. Three actually got built. One has been torn down. And the San Pedro Warner is the only one still operating. So the article is only talking about the small sample of Warner theaters in this specific style, not their whole empire.

William
William on November 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Warner built the Warner Hollywood and leased Wiltern (aka Western). They opened the Western and closed it a few years later. And it was reopened as the Wiltern during the mid 30’s. Fox leased it for a short time along with afew independent operators. (This from a reopening program for the theatre). I know the Downtown was bought after Pantages had that problem with that girl in the theatre.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Back in 2006, William commented:
“In the article it states "Today, San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theatre is the only Warner movie palace standing.” The writer failed to mention that the Warner Hollywood (aka Pacific 1,2,3), Warner Wiltern and Warner Forum Theatres and the Warner Huntington Park and Warner Downtown are all still standing. Only the Warner Beverly Hills has been razed."

I think the author of the article is referring to theaters that the Warner Bros actually built and owned (San Pedro, Huntington and Beverly Hills). William is correct that two of these theaters still exist. The Huntington Theater also stands, and the community is looking for a way to restore it. Warners only got three theaters built before they changed their business plans.

As for the other theaters he mentions, I don’t know the precise history of most of them, however I do know that the Warner Downtown theater started life as a Pantages. This suggests that the other theaters in question may have been leased, not owned. Hope this helps.

See you at the Warner Grand tomorrow. Doors open at 10 a.m., the history presentation starts around 10:30 with the tour to follow. We’ll be there until around 12:30.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on October 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm

The next LAHTF “All About” is scheduled for Nov 21 at the Warner Grand.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on March 30, 2009 at 11:39 am

Clearlight, I love your photo. I’ve never seen this theater at night. It’s beautiful!

Clearlight
Clearlight on June 7, 2008 at 9:42 am

Here’s a night shot of the theater marquee:

http://tinyurl.com/4yotaw

Thanks for looking.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm

The LA Harbor International Film Festival is this weekend. I am going to see “Unsinkable Molly Brown” on Saturday. I’ve never been inside the Warner.

sallylodge
sallylodge on February 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm

“The Relevant Stage” is a new theatre company in residence at Warner Grand Theatre that specializes in producing live, performing arts that are relevant to today’s social issues, meeting the criteria of challenging hearts, engaging minds and exposing truths.

www.therelevantstage.com

In 2008, TRS will produce 5 productions at Warner Grand Theatre: Acts of Desperation, Over There/Over Here, Urinetown the Musical, Bat Boy the Musical, and Reinventing Eden.

Here are some recent photos of the theatre:
Daytime
Nightime

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 23, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Here is a September 1942 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/2kfay6

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 24, 2007 at 5:02 am

I think it was AMC who were doing this complex? Any news at all would be great as i cant find any listings or such for San Pedro. Thanks.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 3, 2007 at 8:33 am

I used to stay at the Sheraton down the road from the Grand and everytime i went up and down the street shopping i used to look over at this great looking palace. It looked kind of open but reading recent news on here from you guys it looks like a whole lot of grand things have happened to the Grand recently. Thats great news for the area im sure. What im not sure was good news about was the information that the hotel told me (this is 8 or 9 yrs ago now) that there was going to be built a new multiplex on a vacant plot just one or two blocks down from the Grand on the same side!?!? Did this happen? Any news?

William
William on May 2, 2007 at 11:38 am

Congrats on the event and Best Wishes.

JakeM
JakeM on May 2, 2007 at 11:20 am

Hey! I’m getting married here in about a month! It’s apparently the first wedding ever held at the Warner Grand.

It’s extra cool because my dad went to his first movie here in the 50’s….keeping it in the family.

William
William on September 14, 2006 at 7:24 am

There is a nice marquee shot of the theatre in the new movie “Running with Scissors”.

mvharvey
mvharvey on September 6, 2006 at 8:25 am

I believe my great grandparents Luis (Louie) and Juana Rios ran and
operated this theatre in the 1950’s. They had a daughter Virginia Rios who had my father Max Goldberg. Anyone know who they were? I have birth dates and death dates for them but that’s it. I am interested in anyone who would have information expecially about Juana whose maiden name is Pacheco.