California Theatre

810 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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California Theatre

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Miller’s California Theatre opened on December 24, 1918. By November 1919, it had been leased by Samuel Goldwyn to showcase his films and he hired S.L. Rothaphel of New York, later to become famous as ‘Roxy’, to manage the theatre. He made many ‘improvements’ to both the interior and exterior of the theatre.

In later years the California Theatre became a Spanish language movie theatre and ended its cinematic days as an adult theatre, part of the Pussycat Theatres chain.

It was demolished in 1989.

Contributed by William Gabel, Ken Roe

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 6, 2009 at 9:23 pm

This was in the LA Times in November 1918:
http://tinyurl.com/kw7ya7

gmortimer
gmortimer on September 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I just came across a opening and deducation souvenir program for the California Theatre at Main and Eighth St. It consists of approximately 70 pages, is string-bound. My grandmother had it in her papers. She was a life-long entertainer/musician who participated in a number of stage shows and at least one movie in her later years (Blackbeards Ghost). The interior of the program is in very fine shape. The outer cover id a bit frayed at the edges, but very presentable.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 29, 2010 at 9:39 am

Nice color photo that someone posted:

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someonewalksinla
someonewalksinla on August 8, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Gary, that is a great fine.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

That’s a nice photo, but the caption is incorrect, as the theater is not on Broadway. Just being picky.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2011 at 6:21 am

Here is an early photo of the California Theatre featured on the cover of the May, 1919, issue of the Los Angeles-based investment magazine American Globe.

ettaK
ettaK on March 29, 2011 at 12:00 am

Wondering if anyone has a photo of the murals that were on either side of the spiral staircases?

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on October 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I have a California/Miller’s Theater combo program at the Silent Film Still Archive.

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