Park Theatre

710 S. Alvarado Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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Park Theatre

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Opened in 1911, the Alvarado Theatre originally had a Neo-Classical style facade. In 1936, architect S. Charles Lee remodeled the theater in an Art Moderne style.

Renamed the Park Theatre in the 1960’s, the theater switched to porn, and then gay porn. In the 1970’s, the Park Theatre was twinned and returned to mainstream films. The theater closed in 1986 and was gutted. Today, the building houses a swap meet.

Contributed by Ken Roe, William Gabel

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William
William on October 16, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I worked some of the Local 150 houses in LA. I remember his name from that time. I just happened upon your above comment and it just came to me.

dbland07666
dbland07666 on October 16, 2008 at 5:24 pm

You have a good memory, William!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Here is a part of a February 1968 article in the LA Times:

The theaters where girlie films are shown range from the moderate comforts of the Paris, next door to P.J.’s on Santa Monica, to drab downtown houses. In this case, drabness of surroundings does not equal blueness of films-all theaters are subject to the same laws and the ones with the grimmest décor show the cheapest, oldest and fuzziest films.

Cluny’s Movies, on Alvarado, shows what appear to be blown-up 8 mm. mail order films (made for home viewing) so that the girls look like they are doing their thing underwater. At least at the Cluny the price is right: $1.50 for a couple of hours of what is essentially a low-grade girlie magazine come to pseudo-life.

The Park, down the block, is 50 cents up the scale. It has what it cleverly calls its “Little GAL-lery-Last Six Rows on the Left for Ladies Only.” (Most theaters don’t cater to single ladies at all.) It was here that I saw Hot Bed, written by Big Daddy Epstein III. Other theaters on about this level include the Vista on Sunset, the Apollo Arts on Hollywood, the Monica, down from the Paris. In the dark, it’s hard to tell them apart.

lwmulder
lwmulder on March 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

To Johnny Vegas – would like to learn more about these theaters and the Langleys PLEASE! Contact me directly at Thank you so much!

gxl
gxl on April 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm

If I remember correctly the structure that stands at this address has nothing to do with the old Alvarado/Park Theater. The old structure was burned down during the 1992 Riots.

lwmulder
lwmulder on June 22, 2010 at 8:20 am

My grandfather was CL Langley, whom I never knew. However, I am anxious to learn more about him, and the various theaters with which he was associated. I am particularly interested in hearing from JohnnyVegas, as I believe we are related. Claude Alexander Langley, for whom the Alex Theater in Glendale is named, is my father. Joseph Langley, mentioned by ken mc, was my great uncle. Am planning a trip from TX to CA soon, and want to tour as many of the West Coast Theaters as possible. Thanks!!

Scott Feldmann
Scott Feldmann on June 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

lwmulder, check out www.RialtoSouthPasadena.com to see a picture of ol' grandad! As you find info on him, if any pertains to the Rialto, please drop a line to the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

lwmulder
lwmulder on June 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Hi Scott! thank you so much for the link! It’s wonderful information – am learning so much through this site! Recently met some of my “long lost” family, and will pass this on to them as well. This is more information than I ever expected! Thanks again – can hardly wait to get to CA for a tour of these theaters, especially the Alex, named after my father.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on August 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

hdtv267
hdtv267 on May 30, 2013 at 2:18 am

quite a historic venue this. The GEVI lists this venue as the first to show “softcore gay porn” back in 1968.

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