Carmel Theatre

8163 Santa Monica Boulevard,
West Hollywood, CA 90046

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1972 photo courtesy of the Classic Hollywood/Los Angeles/SFV Facebook page.

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Opened by West Coast Theatres in November 1924, it became known as the Fox Carmel Theatre.

In later years, it was renamed Carmel Museum Theatre and finally Paris Theatre, screening XXX adult films. It was destroyed by a fire in January 1976.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 16, 2007 at 12:32 am

Hey folks… I’m trying to identify this theater depicted in a screen-shot from the documentary “Inside Deep Throat.” Could the very colorful marquee belong to this theatre? The film on the marquee was released in early 1971, just to give an idea of the time-frame.


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 16, 2007 at 12:44 am

Ed: Yes, that’s the Paris, formerly Carmel, on Santa Monica Boulevard. Compare the marquee in this 1970s night shot from the UCLA/L.A. Times archives (this is the same photo brett421 linked to on May 16. UCLA has changed the URLs of its photos and his link no longer works.)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 16, 2007 at 1:22 am

Thanks, Joe! Looks like we have a match!

I moved the image here so that my album was correct – so the old link above no longer works.

Thanks again!

kencmcintyre on November 12, 2007 at 10:27 am

Here is a January 1965 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2007 at 10:39 am

Post-Manson family. Strike while the iron is hot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 8, 2009 at 1:02 am

Listed as the Carmel Museum Theatre in the 1956 L.A. City Directory (see also ken mc’s comment of January 5, 2007, above, citing the same name.)

brett421 on March 8, 2011 at 4:31 am

Also, the New Vic at the Carmel Theatre in 1957.
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but i wish that collection had outside photos

William on April 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm

You can see the Paris Theatre in the background in a scene from the episode “Anatomy of Two Rapes” from the TV show “Police Woman” (First Season-1974). It happens around 17 mins into the episode.

DavidZornig on July 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

1972 photo as the Paris Theatre added courtesy of the Classic Hollywood/Los Angeles/SFV Facebook page

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