California Theatre

6528 Pacific Boulevard,
Huntington Park, CA 90255

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JmRosales
JmRosales on September 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm

well my daddys office is located in the building and its still intact =–)

William
William on August 5, 2010 at 7:53 am

The site should add to the aka California 3 Theatre since it operated and advertised under that name.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2008 at 8:58 pm

If they’ve altered signage while the place is closed, that suggests a possible re-opening, doesn’t it? Otherwise, why bother making the change?

The county assessor’s office treats this as 6524 S.Pacific, but it’s definitely the same property. The year of construction was 1925, which matches with the item in Southwest Builder & Contractor issue of January 4, 1924, which said that architects Arthur George Lindley and Charles R. Selkirk were preparing plans for the theatre.

Lindley & Selkirk were best known for designing churches, but there are two other theatres which can be attributed to them. They did the original Egyptian-style design for the Alexander Theatre in Glendale, and they were the architects of the Glendale Masonic Temple, which includes the Temple Theatre. Not a bad résumé.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm

I drove by there last week, and the sign says California 2 Theatres. I guess they lost a screen sometime in the past few months.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 29, 2007 at 5:36 am

You may be right. I saw some similarities to the California in the closest building to to the right, but I’m no architectural expert.

William
William on June 28, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I see no theatre in the picture. The main building has no theatre marquee or signage. The Park Theatre would be just north of the California, by a few stores if it was in the picture.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 28, 2007 at 3:29 pm

I was asking if that was the Park, looking north on Pacific. I don’t know if it’s the Park or the California.

William
William on June 28, 2007 at 3:11 pm

Where is the Park Theatre in this picture? The would be a middle sized theatre (700 seats).

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 5:39 pm

This appears to be the theater in 1925, but I am not 100% due to some differences in the architecture. LAPL says it’s Pacific Boulevard in HP. It might be the old Park:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics31/00050189.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 7:28 am

6528 Pacific is the correct address. I was there yesterday. The theater is closed and is available for lease. The marquee has also been removed. I took some photos which I will post later.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 8, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Advertised at 6528 Pacific in September 1974, per the LA Times. Features that day were “Macon County Line” and “Screaming Tiger”.

engine31
engine31 on May 16, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Today I toured the California Theatre as part of a fire department preplan. The structure is undergoing a transformation to be used for retail purposes. Plans call for most of the theatre to be sealed off and a level floor installed where once were mounted the main assembly area seating. There is still much to marvel at throughout the structure. I really do not think the current plans have much chance of success. Does anyone know when the theatre was constructed and if it has any “twin”? Thanks. Paul

Belairmine
Belairmine on December 24, 2005 at 10:17 pm

I lived in Maywood and would often go to the California theatre on Pacific Blvd. It brings back such good memories. I also went to the Warner and the Alcazar in Bell.When I visit L.A. I always make it a point to go to pacific blvd just to see the theatres.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 1, 2005 at 1:35 pm

Here is an expanded version of the photo above, from the LA Library:

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics35/00037266.jpg

millermike
millermike on November 9, 2004 at 1:07 pm

The Lyric Theatre was part of the Fox West Coast chain at one time. I have a 1947 Los Angeles Examiner which lists it under Fox Theatres

cat99fat
cat99fat on July 8, 2004 at 6:14 pm

Sorry about this one William. I started going to the theatres in Huntington Park in l952. The Lyric was never a part of the Fox chain of movie houses. I remember the Lyric as being some what of a run down house showing re-released films on the bubble bill. High Noon & Shane l956 just before both films went to t.v. I remember the Lyric haveing of all things, wood floors. I didn’t like going there at all. just to small of a theatre. Same for the New Park on Pacific Blvd.

William
William on May 27, 2004 at 1:33 pm

The California Theatre was one of two Fox West Coast Theatres on Pacific Blvd in Huntington Park, the other being the Lyric. The California Theatre seated 1500 people.

cat99fat
cat99fat on May 27, 2004 at 12:26 pm

I went to his theatre many times in the 50s & 60s. I also went to the New Park and the Warner, They were just down the street from one another. I remember the California closeing for a short time to install CinemaScope for “The Robe” in l953. The last time I went there was on New Years Eve l964. “Fate Is The Hunter” and “Good-bye Charle” This was a grand theatre.Huntington Park in the 50s & 60s was the place to go and see first run moies. I’m sorry to see what it has become.David Swain

JimRankin
JimRankin on May 25, 2004 at 3:16 am

This theatre is one of some 200 that could be described as “Skouras-ized For Showmanship” which is the title of the ANNUAL of 1987 of the Theatre Historical Soc. of America. In the late 1930s through the 1950s, there occurred on the west coast of the United States a phenomenon known as the ‘Skouras style’ in recognition of the oversight of the Skouras brothers in their management of several cinema chains. They employed a designer by the name of Carl G. Moeller to render their cinemas/theatres in a new style best described as ‘Art Moderne meets Streamlined.’ The then new availability of aluminum sheeting at low cost was the principal material difference to this style allowing for sweeping, 3-dimensional shapes of scrolls to adorn walls and facades in an expression that would have been much more expensive and not at all the same in plaster. With the use of hand tinted and etched aluminum forms, the designers could make ornaments in mass production that allowed much greater economies of scale. The ANNUAL also show in its 44 pages how some 20 theatres were good examples of this combining of aluminum forms with sweeping draperies heavily hung with large tassels, and with box offices and facades richly treated with neon within the aluminum forms. Few of these examples survive today, but it was a glorious era while it lasted, and this collection of crisp b/w photos is a fitting epitaph by the late Preston Kaufmann.
PHOTOS AVAILABLE:
To obtain any available Back Issue of either “Marquee” or of its ANNUALS, simply go to the web site of the THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA at:
www.HistoricTheatres.org
and notice on their first page the link “PUBLICATIONS: Back Issues List” and click on that and you will be taken to their listing where they also give ordering details. The “Marquee” magazine is 8-1/2x11 inches tall (‘portrait’) format, and the ANNUALS are also soft cover in the same size, but in the long (‘landscape’) format, and are anywhere from 26 to 44 pages. Should they indicate that a publication is Out Of Print, then it may still be possible to view it via Inter-Library Loan where you go to the librarian at any public or school library and ask them to locate which library has the item by using the Union List of Serials, and your library can then ask the other library to lend it to them for you to read or photocopy. [Photocopies of most THSA publications are available from University Microforms International (UMI), but their prices are exorbitant.]

Note: Most any photo in any of their publications may be had in large size by purchase; see their ARCHIVE link. You should realize that there was no color still photography in the 1920s, so few theatres were seen in color at that time except by means of hand tinted renderings or post cards, thus all the antique photos from the Society will be in black and white, but it is quite possible that the Society has later color images available; it is best to inquire of them.

Should you not be able to contact them via their web site, you may also contact their Executive Director via E-mail at:
Or you may reach them via phone or snail mail at:
Theatre Historical Soc. of America
152 N. York, 2nd Floor York Theatre Bldg.
Elmhurst, ILL. 60126-2806 (they are about 15 miles west of Chicago)

Phone: 630-782-1800 or via FAX at: 630-782-1802 (Monday through Friday, 9AM—4PM, CT)

kd6dkc
kd6dkc on March 4, 2004 at 8:10 pm

The California was the venue for my first date, circa 1955. We took the J-Line “Yellow Car” PCC trolley from the Loop station, Palm and State, which was near her house in South Gate, and we disembarked in Huntington Park just a few paces from the ticket booth. The California, Warner and New Park theaters were all on the same side of Pacific Boulevard and within sight of each other — a moviergoer’s paradise in the days before multiple screens.

cyclonebob
cyclonebob on February 1, 2003 at 12:02 pm

what is the address