Regal Theater

323 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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This theater shows up named as the New Star Vaudeville Theater on the 1906 Sanborn map at 323 S. Main Street in the Turn Halle Germania building which occupied 319-325 S. Main Street. By 1908 it is listed as both the Bijou and the Theatre Royal and then changes names to the Regal Theater until 1919.

In 1919 the building was taken over by the Los Angeles Men’s Club and the theater was apparently converted to a gym which would later become the first Main Street Gym until burning in 1951.

Contributed by jeff bridges

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vokoban
vokoban on August 28, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Here’s one for the New Star name:
(June 6, 1906)
NEW STAR THEATER-323 South Main St.
A Carload of Pretty Girls, A Barrel of Good Singing and a Bunch of Fun-Real Burlesque Up To Date
Prices-10c, 20c, 30c, and a few at 50c

(Feb. 19, 1908)
Bijou Theater
323 South Main St.
This afternoon and evening, all this week. The Tommy Burns-Gunner Moir fight pictures taken at London, England, ten rounds and knockout. Admission 25c, any seat.

vokoban
vokoban on August 28, 2007 at 3:44 pm

Here are some dates with names of this theater. LAT is Los Angeles Times with an address listed. The other dates are City Directory listings.

New Star [1906 Sanborn Map, 1906 LAT]
Theatre Royal [1908]
Bijou [1908 LAT]
Bockoven & Dean [1909 Listed Under Moving Pictures & Machines]
Regal [1909 LAT, 1915 LAT, 1915, 1916, 1919 LAT]

vokoban
vokoban on September 24, 2007 at 5:30 pm

I think Bockoven & Dean must have been just an equipment provider or something in the same building and most likely not a name for this theater. However, I there is another name for this theater from around 1906…The Hecla.

(April 22, 1906)
The opening of the new Hecla Theater, under the management of J.J. Cluxton, will take place today. The Hecla occupies the building formerly possessed by the Star, of unlamented reputation.

vokoban
vokoban on September 24, 2007 at 5:33 pm

Here’s an address confirmation:

(April 15, 1906)
HECLA THEATER-323 S. Main St. J.J. Cluxton Manager
at the opening Saturday Matinee, April 21
Ladies and Their Escorts Admitted Free

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 2, 2007 at 4:26 am

The closing date of this theatre has to be no later than 1933, which is when the Main Street Gym took over the premises.

vokoban
vokoban on October 2, 2007 at 5:07 am

Joe, from the sept. 4, 1919 article above, I think the theater closed then and was turned into a men’s club with a gymnasium. It was probably then turned completely into a gym. The 1920 article had another part that made it sound as though they just let the oldsters celebrate one more time.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 16, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Here is a July 1907 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/2tkdh8

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Here is an ad for the Bijou from February 1908. The fight actually took place on December 2, 1907 and Tommy Burns won by a KO in the tenth round.

vokoban
vokoban on July 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Nice advertisement….I wish they would put up a ‘popular prices’ sign at movie ticket windows today.

Elisa
Elisa on April 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I have a picture from Carl, the orchestra leader, of the Regal Theater from Christmas 1913. My grandmother was a dancer and she also had a lot of pictures of people in costume in some theater, which might be from the Real Theater.

Elisa

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