Fox La Brea Theatre

857 S. La Brea Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

The Fox La Brea was closed for a while in the late 1950s before being renovated and reopened as the Art La Brea Theatre in 1960. I’m not sure how long it lasted under that name, as I remember it being called the Toho La Brea by 1963.

anntompkins
anntompkins on October 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

My husband and I saw Diabolique there while he was in college (on the GI Bill) in 1955 which had to have been just before it became the Toho.

LouRugani
LouRugani on August 26, 2012 at 1:32 am

In the early 1960s a television documentary (which may have been “Hollywood and the Stars”) had a clip of the closed La Brea Theatre to illustrate the onslaught of television.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm

The May 9, 1960, issue of Boxoffice featured a photo on the front of the Modern Theatre section depicting the auditorium of the recently-renovated Art La Brea Theatre.

A fuzzier version of the same photo was one of several that illustrated an article about the opening of the house, which had been closed for some time, in the June 6 issue of Boxoffice.

LarryDickman
LarryDickman on January 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

During the summers of ‘70 and '71 (and maybe before, but not after I’m pretty sure) the Toho La Brea ran a several-week-long series they called the “Monster Film Festival,” consisting of a headliner feature and some revolving second features. In 1970 the main feature was “King Kong vs. Godzilla” and one of the seconds was “Matango.” (I remember calling the theatre and the nice woman referred to the film as “Matango, Fungus of Terror.” Little did I know, it was the actual title of “Attack of the Mushroom People,” parts of which I’d already seen on Channel 9!) I never got to the festival that year, much to my regret. In '71, tho, I begged and pleaded with the folks to take me because the festival’s main feature was none other than “Destroy All Monsters.” Quite upset at having missed “Destroy” during its initial AIP release in '69 (with “The Terrornauts”) and one of its reissues (with “The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant”!), to a monster-crazy pre-teen this engagement seemed like a gift from movie heaven. The second feature that day was “Dagora, the Space Monster,” another picture I’d caught parts of on Channel 9’s “Strange Tales.” I learned two things at that memorable double feature: 1.)that creature features played better when they weren’t dubbed, and 2.) you could never have too many of those Carnation ice cream sandwiches with the red and silver foil…

William
William on June 2, 2010 at 6:49 am

You should add to the also known as Art La Brea above.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Here is an interesting article about the re-opening of the theater in June 1960, from Boxoffice magazine:
http://tinyurl.com/yd776gp

William
William on February 22, 2010 at 11:08 am

There once was a rooftop sign that said Fox La Brea Theatre.

decoteau
decoteau on March 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm

This theatre was owned by Dan Sonney at one point. He and his daughter discuss this in the documentary Mau Mau Sex Sex.

William
William on June 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm

The Gordon Theatre is listed under Regent Showcase Theatre on CT.

Lulucomics
Lulucomics on March 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm

In the 1950’s I lived on Sycamore near 9th & La Brea. My friends and I would walk over to the La Brea Theater for the Saturday morning matinees (“kiddie show”). It was wonderful! Cartoon, Movietone News, & a feature film. We paid 10 cents, and were upset when the price was eventually raised to 12 cents! Sometmes between the films, they gave away door prizes. I actually won a plastic wallet, which was pretty exciting (plastics were the “big thing” then). My parents & I also went to the movies there in the evenings. I remember “skipping” home happily, after seeing “Singing in the Rain”. Wish I had a photo of this theater from the 1950’s!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 14, 2007 at 2:25 pm

The Gordon Theater was listed at 614 N. La Brea in the 1942 city directory. I will add it if it’s not on CT under another name.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 11, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Here is an early 70s ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/38tzqz

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 29, 2007 at 2:33 pm

I will check it out. Thanks.

vokoban
vokoban on July 29, 2007 at 12:52 pm

are you taking photos of your computer screen? you know there’s a little camera icon in adobe reader that lets you select any part of the pdf and saves it as a jpg….just thought it would be less work for you.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 29, 2007 at 8:26 am

Here is a 1970 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/yo4el6

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 29, 2007 at 7:10 am

That was easy enough. Thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 29, 2007 at 6:23 am

Great. I assumed that I needed a password. I will check it out.

vokoban
vokoban on July 29, 2007 at 4:43 am

ken mc….you’re right but i still was able to connect. When I did the dropdown to Historical LA Times it went to a strange log in page and automatically put the account name of IPAUTO in the box. I just put any password and hit ‘connect’ and it worked. There’s a bunch of stuff about copyright issues on the log in page, so maybe they just want to force people to read it before they can log in. Let me know if you’re successful.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 28, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Paging vokoban – it looks like the loophole has been closed on the LA Library archive. Let me know if there’s another way in. Thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 25, 2007 at 7:08 am

I should put the photos on a disk today or tomorrow. Yesterday I went down Pico and then up Western. The most interesting theater was the Union on 24th Street. A nice little theater in the middle of nowhere.

vokoban
vokoban on July 25, 2007 at 6:58 am

When our little group went in the docent told us to hide our cameras because the church people would freak out but you’re a rebel.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 25, 2007 at 6:35 am

I did ask if I could take pictures, but no one spoke English. How am I supposed to know cameras are prohibited?