Vern Theatre

2811 E. Olympic Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90023

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Vern Theatre

The Vern Theatre was opened May 28, 1941 with Alice Faye in “That Night in Rio” & Joan Blondell in “Topper Returns”. It was closed August 30, 1964 with Luke Halpin in “Flipper’s New Adventure” and Tony Curtis in “Wild and Wonderful”.

It became a church in 1965, and in 1978 it became a restaurant/nightclub named Don Quixote’s East and into the 2000’s as Don Quixote Reception Hall & Event Center.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 2:19 am

In 1963, the Vern was operated by Aladdin Theaters, formerly Eastland Theaters. At that time, Aladdin also operated the Belmont, Brooklyn, Jewel, Largo, Meralta and Terrace in Los Angeles as well as the Linda in San Diego.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 2, 2007 at 6:10 am

I remember Aladdin Theaters. They ran a number of drive-ins, too. Their logo, as I recall, was a lamp with a chubby genie rising from it. In fact I think the Floral may have been one of their drive-ins for a while. Ron Pierce says the Anaheim Drive-in was built by Aladdin. I also have a vague recollection of the Aladdin logo on the Vineland when it was first opened (I was about ten years old, I think, so it’s hazy.)

kencmcintyre on December 12, 2008 at 2:20 am

This item in Boxoffice magazine dated 4/29/50 may refer to the Vern:

Another shuttering was that of the Vernon-Vogue Theater in East Los Angeles by Gladys McLean. A 700-seater, it’s being closed because of lack of business.

unihikid on December 29, 2008 at 1:59 am

i always thought that was an odd looking restaurant,but i think that when they built it they had the sears shoppers as customers,but i see why it got closed.

William on May 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

The Vern Theatre opened on Wednesday, May 28, 1941. The opening night features were “That Night in Rio” and “Topper Returns”.

TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm

What great photos posted by ken mc.

Patsy on November 2, 2011 at 11:55 pm

This theatre recently showed up on FB’s Vintage Los Angeles with a vintage exterior photo and lobby photo!

dallasmovietheaters on December 31, 2017 at 11:50 am

The Vern Theatre launched May 28, 1941 with “That Night in Rio” and “Topper Returns”. It was operated by the Eastland Theatres Circuit with architectural plans by veteran theatre architect Simon Charles Lee with 832 seats at opening. The Vern ended its theatrical run August 30, 1964 with “Flipper’s New Adventures” and “Wild and Wonderful.”

The space was converted to the Last Hour Deliverance Church in 1965. In 1978, Salvador Quezada converted the space to a nightclub and restaurant called Don Quixote’s East. The space continued into the 21st Century as the Don Quixote Reception Hall and Event Center.

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