Loma Theatre

5528 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Paramount Theatre exterior

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This theatre opened in 1921.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William
William on February 18, 2003 at 11:20 am

When it was called the Paramount, it was operated by Cabart Theatres Corp. and then subleased to Fox.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2004 at 5:49 am

Southwest Builder and Contractor of May 20th, 1921 Says that this theater was being designed by Frank Rasche, and that the owners were James C. Allen and Edward H. Helt. It was to be leased to Turner, Dankin and Langley.

KenRoe
KenRoe on January 29, 2005 at 8:11 pm

This theatre was known as the Paramount in 1928, so it could have opened with that name. It had been re-named Loma Theatre by the early 1940’s, operated by Fox West Coast Theaters.

A small shopping centre has now been built on the site.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 14, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Listed at 5526 Santa Monica in the 1942 city directory.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 21, 2008 at 8:48 pm

This is a 1992 photo, location unknown. I doubt if the theater would be called “The Loma”, so this is probably a bar.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics47/00043440.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 26, 2008 at 3:15 pm

A fire was reported by the LA Times on December 8, 1952. The blaze was started by a carelessly discarded cigarette. Damage was estimated at $25,000.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Smoking is bad for everyones health, including theaters.

drb
drb on November 4, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Was there another theater around 5634 Santa Monica or so? I was watching a behind-the-scenes feature for Plan 9 From Outer Space, and they said that the tiny soundstage that they used for filming, which is still right behind the Gold Diggers bar at 5632 Santa Monica, used to be an old movie theater. Could the addresses have been renumbered, so that could have been the Loma? It would have had to have been converted to a soundstage before 1959, though.

moviebear1
moviebear1 on April 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Back in the 70’s I went in this building when it was a Thrift store. I always thought it looked like it might have been a theatre at one time even thiough it was completely stripped and was very plain by then. It was in the 80’s that it burned down and was replaced with a strip mall. At that time I got a picture of the building where you can clearly make out the word Paramount on the rubble.

Matt Spero

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