Sunset Theatre

1508 N. Western Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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mycroft on August 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Hi, I just want to say thanks to Cinema Treasures for doing this amazing job of cataloging these historic sites, and keeping the memories alive! I used the Sunset Theatre entry, and others, as research for a crime novel I just finished writing – Sweet Money Won – about the adult entertainment industry in Los Angeles. The photos and facts here really helped give the scenes authenticity.

Here’s a link to my e-book, if you’d like to take a look:

Thanks again, Cinema Treasures – I couldn’t have done it without you!

-Mycroft Magnusson, first-time novelist

coweyhere on November 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

A shot from February 2002:

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kencmcintyre on August 20, 2009 at 7:39 am

Here is an August 1947 ad. The Cold War is on its way, but not just yet.

SingleScreen on January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Not sure Ken mc what that photo is of – not the Sunset. It was still open in 2002 when I went there.

kencmcintyre on January 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm

A contributor has suggested that this 1994 photo, identified only as being on Western Avenue, is the Sunset. Any feedback would be welcome.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 20, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Well, those days are gone.

kencmcintyre on October 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Here is a January 1947 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on September 23, 2008 at 9:50 pm

An ad for the Sunset can be seen on the right of this October 1946 LA Times page:

unihikid on February 27, 2008 at 5:49 am

from my memory it had a fire in the late 90s,early and a friend use to catch the bus to his job at the mann on hollywood and we would walk past the sunset alot.i wasnt too impressed.

kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Here is a November 1950 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 7:14 pm

The Sunset was advertised in the LA Times on 2/11/50. Features were “Sciuscia” (Shoe Shine), a de Sica film, and “Take One False Step”, with William Powell and Shelley Winters. Admission was 54 cents.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on April 17, 2007 at 11:48 pm

The location is now a Walgreen’s and low-income housing.

SingleScreen on November 27, 2006 at 8:42 am

I went to this place once, in February of 2002. There appeared to be a monitor walking up and down the aisles to see to it that no funny business took place among the patrons (or perhaps he was an overtly curious customer). There was one couple there, but it was mostly single men. It was very run down, but you could see how it was once a nice theater. They were video projecting at the time, and when one tape ended the guy forgot to start the next one. One of the customers got out of his seat and told him the movie ended. I think there was just one guy working there, who appeared to have a very bad skin condition, and possibly a monitor.

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2006 at 10:35 am

Here is a 1969 ad for the Sunset as well as some other Pussycat theaters:

shoeshoe14 on December 9, 2005 at 8:39 pm

I’m watching the Deep Throat documentary. It was first shown here at the Pussycat. Interesting it was the Sunset before because on the screen they showed the marquee as the Sunset and then the Pussycat.

sueb1017 on December 16, 2004 at 1:32 pm

P.S. I will acknowlege all helpful comments, shared memorabilia etc in my research paper

sueb1017 on December 16, 2004 at 1:30 pm

I am in desperate need of pictures or any sort of memorabilia that any one of you would be so kind as to send me a copy of via email or fax. I am finishing up my research paper on the Whittier Village Cinemas and the history of the Pussycat Theater.

Please please please, help a soon to be college grad if you have the time.

thank you for your consideration,

Susie Balpuesta
Whittier, California

(562) 686-5990

scottfavareille on August 30, 2004 at 3:27 pm

The 1966 film Mondo Bizarro(SWV DVD) has footage of the Sunset(old marquee) and some of its lobby(with art paintings of nudes)—This would have been filmed shortly after Vince Miranda took over the theater. (The Sunset and the Lyric in Huntington Park were the first two he operated under the Pussycat banner—Miranda later bought Pussycat from its founders Dave Friedman and Dan Sonney.)

tbdavid on April 30, 2004 at 2:52 pm

My father was part owner of this Theater (Pussycat days) I am looking for one of the old Marques.. you know the oval w/ the ms. Pussycat silouette. Please..if you have any information of where one of these old marques are… I would be grateful.

Tim David
510 east durant Ave.
Aspen, Colorado 81611


HarryLime on October 23, 2003 at 12:17 pm

If anyone has any way of contacting the former management, I would be exceedingly grateful for the information.