Glendale Theatre

122 S. Brand Boulevard,
Glendale, CA 91210

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Fox Glendale Theatre exterior

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Opening in 1920, the Glendale Theatre was a district 2 Fox theater.

It was twinned in the late-1970’s and later closed, last operated by Mann Theatres. It was demolished in 1995-1996.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 21, 2007 at 12:39 pm

From the LA Times, 8/8/95:

Historic Theater Slated to Be Razed Glendale: Site built in the 1920s, now a target for vandals, is scheduled to make way for $25-million downtown shopping center next year.

But today, the Glendale Theater is a dilapidated, stripped-down building frequented by vandals. City officials said Monday that the theater and several other aging buildings are tentatively slated to be razed early next year to make way for a $25-million redevelopment project.

Several years ago, when the Glendale Redevelopment Agency began planning the project now known as the proposed Glendale Marketplace, the historical society asked city staffers to consider saving the theater and other old buildings and incorporate them into the development. But because the Glendale Theater’s architectural features had been drastically modified over time, the society instead focused its efforts on a well-preserved nearby office building, which it helped save from the wrecking ball.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 24, 2007 at 10:58 pm

The photo to which Bryan Krefft linked on June 22, 2005, has been moved to a different URL. There’s just a glimpse of the theatre’s marquee and blade sign in the background of this view north along Brand Boulevard in the (judging from the cars visible) mid-1950s.

About half of the theatre’s facade can be seen at extreme right in this 1920s photograph.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 25, 2007 at 4:48 am

A few additional bits about the Glendale Theatre have turned up. The L.A. Times announced the theatre’s opening on October 31, 1920. The project was financed by a Dr. W.C. Goodno. A few years later, at the time of the theatre’s 1924 expansion, the owner was named as Louise Goodno.

The theatre’s organ was dedicated early in 1921, according to an article in The Verdugo Foothills Record on January 22 of that year. The organist was Maude Moore Clement.

At the time the Glendale Theatre was wired for sound, its seating capacity was 1231, according to the item published in Exhibitor’s Herald & Motion Picture World on December 28, 1928.

William
William on June 19, 2008 at 8:37 am

During the last years that Mann Theatres had it. It was used in part to train and certify chiefs of staff and Asst. Managers in the art of projection. When select Mann theatres would opt to run limited service with the projectionist union in Los Angeles.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 25, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Here is a 1940 photo from the USC archive:
http://tinyurl.com/coowye

hazzmatt
hazzmatt on October 25, 2009 at 4:26 am

I worked there in 83/84. I remember the ghost upstairs and the creepy feeling I would get when I was up there alone. I remember ‘Dollar Tuesdays" and was working there for the opening of Ghost Busters and Foot loose. It would get sooo packed on those Tuesdays. It was a job I had during high school and really enjoyed it. It was demolished and they put a Tower records in its place (which since has closed). I wish the city of Glendale would stop tearing down all of those great old buildings and replacing them with new stale looking ones. A lot of Brand Blvd has lost its classic past. Bummer.

mr70homers
mr70homers on May 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I worked here in late ‘79 thru the early 80s. I began as an usher, worked my way up to assistant manager and temporary acting manager. When I was hired on it was still a single screen. I worked there thru the 1980 remodel (see pic in ken mc post above dated 4/23/09), when it became the first multiplex in Glendale. I recall the theatres on Brand Blvd at the time being some of the last single screen theatres in Southern California. Now only the Alex Theatre remains as a vestige to those times.

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