Vern Theatre

2811 E. Olympic Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90023

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dallasmovietheaters on December 31, 2017 at 6:50 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.

Patsy on November 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

What great photos posted by ken mc.

William on May 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

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

unihikid on December 28, 2008 at 8:59 pm

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.

kencmcintyre on December 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm

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.

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Joe Vogel on November 2, 2007 at 2:10 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 August 28, 2007 at 9:19 pm

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.

kencmcintyre on July 3, 2007 at 5:59 pm

It looks a lot different now, but it’s still the same building. The portholes are still there. The marquee and blade are long gone. It’s currently a restaurant/banquet hall. I took some pictures which I will post soon.

kencmcintyre on June 20, 2007 at 9:50 pm

I don’t think this theater is open to show films anymore.

kencmcintyre on September 29, 2006 at 5:54 pm

There are some interior photos on this page:

kencmcintyre on October 12, 2005 at 7:26 pm

A larger shot of the above:

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William on February 25, 2003 at 4:43 pm

The Vern is located at 2811 E. Olympic Blvd..

cyclonebob on February 2, 2003 at 6:43 pm

anyone know the address of this theater