Guild Theatre

5161 Lankershim Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 91601

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The Valley Theatre opened in 1938. Later renamed Guild Theatre, it was a District 2 Fox house that served as move-over theater for the nearby El Portal Theatre.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William
William on May 4, 2004 at 4:36 pm

You might check the Los Angeles Public Library (Main Branch) for microfilm for the newspapers Los Angeles Times, Valley Times and Herald Examiner.
The last major chain to run the Valley/Guild Theatre was National General Theatres which was later sold to Mann Theatres. Before ending up as a Pussycat Theatre.

William
William on May 4, 2004 at 4:40 pm

The Guild/Valley Theatre was located were Lankershim Blvd. and Magnolia Blvd. meet in North Hollywood.

tigerpause
tigerpause on May 5, 2004 at 8:35 am

William

Thank you for the reply.

Michael

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on September 22, 2004 at 12:32 pm

This theatre is located at 5161 Lankershim Boulevard (at Magnolia).

moviebear1
moviebear1 on March 25, 2006 at 6:49 pm

I once worked here showing the film Shampoo

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 7, 2007 at 7:58 pm

This letter to the LA Times was written by a Mr. R.A. Simon on 7/24/77. It does not appear that Mr. Simon was a patron of the Pussycat Theater:

“This is part of a letter written to Councilman Joel Wachs. Certain tragic circumstances have come to my notice that the old El Portal Theater is being sold and is to be razed shortly and the Guild Theater is to be to become a porno house.

It would appear that the filth-peddlers, being forced out of Hollywood proper, are spreading their disease to the suburbs. Since the only other theater in North Hollywood (the old Lankershim Theater) is also porno, perhaps the City Council should consider making this a “red-light district” and bring to the residents the crime, pimping and prostitution that go hand-in-hand.

It seems to me that the theater owners are determined to sell to any get-rich-quick artist who doesn’t give a damn for the residents."

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 22, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Here is part of an LA Times article dated 4/19/55:

In typical filmland style, Fox West Coast Theaters tonight will open the newly remodeled Valley Guild Theater in North Hollywood.

Refurbished at a cost of $35,000, the deluxe showcase, located at Lankershim & Magnolia, will feature many of the latest engineering techniques, including the newly developed “eye-intensity” curved screen, adapted for conventional pictures as well as Cinemascope.

Jacques Tati’s “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” and “The Little Kidnappers” wil be the opening program.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

There’s a giant high-rise on the site now.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

I added a 1967 photo courtesy of the Decaying Hollywood Mansions Facebook page.

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