Esquire Theatre

419 N. Fairfax Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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adamghost on November 24, 2013 at 2:30 am

The only part that still looks like a theater is the restroom area on the second floor.

ChasSmith on July 3, 2011 at 8:40 am

Well I’ll be damned. Go ahead and laugh, but I lived in L.A. for 17 years and ate in Canter’s a number of times without ever knowing it had been a theater. But now I do, thanks to the latest photo upload. Amazing.

Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:21 am

What remains inside of this theater, if anything>?

kencmcintyre on March 6, 2009 at 9:27 am

Here is a photo taken last night:

kencmcintyre on February 12, 2009 at 11:14 am

This is a March 1940 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on January 23, 2009 at 10:25 am

If you put 420 N. Fairfax in the Google search, you will be in the right spot. If you put in 419 N., it shows you a location several miles away, for unknown reasons.

DonSolosan on November 10, 2008 at 9:59 am

Way to take one for the team!

kencmcintyre on November 10, 2008 at 9:34 am

I went to Canters on Friday night, strictly for research purposes. My dedication to CT knows no bounds.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Also, I should point out that the Google Maps link at top will not display the correct location of this building until Cinema Treasures gives it the correct address of 419 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm

419 N. Fairfax is not in the City of West Hollywood, but within the corporate limits of the City of Los Angeles. Everyone I know has always called that area the Fairfax district.

JAlex on February 29, 2008 at 4:43 pm

The area is West Hollywood, which is not part of the city of Los Angeles.

kencmcintyre on February 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm

The pastrami is good. Also the Danny Thomas, either salami or bologna. They also have a triple decker with ham, turkey, coleslaw and Russian dressing.

DonSolosan on February 29, 2008 at 4:25 pm

That whole “do we list it under the neighborhood or the city?” thing has made it difficult to find theaters at times.

I’ve never been to Canter’s, but I want to. What do you recommend there, Ken?

kencmcintyre on February 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Right. The Fairfax area is not considered part of Hollywood. I mentioned that back in September 2005. I go to Canter’s at least once a week, and have been for about twenty years.

DonSolosan on February 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm

According to their website, the Esquire became Canters in 1953.
Also, they don’t give their location as Hollywood, but L.A. They proudly proclaim, “always open in the heart of Los Angeles.”

kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 7:38 pm

Here’s another ad from July 1945. Admire the intrepid Angeleno who dared to see an obscure French film instead of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland:

kencmcintyre on July 29, 2007 at 10:29 am

Here is the ad I was describing above:

kencmcintyre on June 20, 2007 at 5:16 pm

Here is an ad from the LA Times dated 12/20/51. The graphics are interesting – too bad there’s no way to copy them here.

Lautrec’s Paris of the Gay 90s – The beauty, the glory, the excitement of Goya, Gauguin, Bosch, Carpaccio and Grant Wood – as never before seen!

“Pictura” – Adventure in Art

featuring Vincent Price

Narration by Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Martin Gabel, Lilli Palmer, Harry Marble
Goya music by Andres Segovia

World Premiere sponsored by L.A. County Museum

Esquire Theater
419 N. Fairfax Phone YO 8114

kencmcintyre on April 24, 2007 at 10:27 am

I poked around upstairs the last time I was at Canters. It looks like the projection booth is being used for storage. I opened all the doors but only saw fuses and such.