Las Palmas Theatre

1642 Las Palmas Avenue,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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streetsurvivor
streetsurvivor on August 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

In 1972 I arrived in Hollywood seeking fame fortune etc. I soon found myself homeless and without a job. My first job was at the Las Palmas Theater which at the time catered to an exclusive gay theater. It was anything but a normal job. I was a projectionist which required walking thru the isles to reach the projection room which was behind the main screen. We carried large flashlights to fight off the gopers who would reach out to grab anything walking by. At $2.00 an hour I first decided it was a cinch since all I did was change the reels every 90 minutes and in the meantime there was an old upright piano for me to work on my songwriting skills. The second week I was startled by 2 Hollywood vice officers threatening to kick the door down before I could open it up. They had all of us in the office before taking us to jail. They then explained to me that since they had never seen me before they would let me go but if I was there the next raid I would begin an unending legal mess. While this was going on, someone came into the office with a 2nd print to start a new movie. Since they had no warrant on that print they would come back the next week for a 2nd raid. The manager being arrested assured me the “company” would bail me out anytime I was arrested. The cops informed me that once in the circle, the so called mafia or whatever, would own me, taking me to new cities under assumed names. I had just been indoctrinated into the gay porno underground. I took the advice and ended up at CBS Television as a script typist etc etc…

meheuck
meheuck on July 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Currently, the operators of Playhouse (the club that took over the Fox Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.) are operating this space under the name Sound.

http://soundnightclub.com/

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on January 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Long ago, a reliable source told me that throughout the 70’s & 80’s actor James MacArthur (son of Helen Hayes) owned the Las Palmas Theatre property. Ahead of its time, there were once plans to rename this property the James MacArthur Theatre. Of course, that never came about.

hollywoodtheatres
hollywoodtheatres on April 6, 2010 at 11:26 am

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I’m and independent filmmaker working on a documentary about old movie theatres in hollywood (Iris, Warner, Pacific, Hollywood, Vogue, Grauman’s Chinese, Egyptian etc..) that have had an impact on the hollywood community, both as a symbol of Hollywood as well as the historical and heritage effects it has had on “hollywood” as an industry. We are profiling theatres that are currently functioning as well as the obsolete. If you worked in these theatres back in the day (during their highlights) and have interesting stories to tell, photos to show, video to talk about I would like to hear from you. Many older movie houses are being demolished due to new developments and it is important to help future generation know and understand how these movie palaces have helped shaped the Hollywood we know today. If you have any photos or videos with personal stories you’d like to share, please contact me (323) 876-0975 – – You must owns the materials you are willing to share (taken the picture- recorded the videos, written the letters, etc…)

If you do have materials you’d like to send that may help in accurate information, you are welcome to send it to me.

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Classic Hollywood Cinemas
Box 3204
Hollywood, California 90028

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moviebear1
moviebear1 on March 22, 2010 at 12:05 am

when films were shown here it was from a projection booth on the stage and was rear projection

Immane
Immane on January 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Very good information here. While on a mission to photograph the Vogue Theater I initially misread my directions and was misled by the marquee into thinking this building used to be the Vogue. Googling the address then led me here. Here’s what the location looks like today:
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raybradley
raybradley on November 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm

This is a reply to Ken Mac’s 08/12/07 post (Better late than never) -
http://tinyurl.com/3a5ytm
The reason the Las Plamas required the exact amount of admission was because during the mid ‘70s this was an automated cinema with no attendant.
I visited the Las Palmas Cinemat in the summer of '74. The marquee advertised 'TWO ALL MALE HITS’. No titles were listed on the marquee, but postercases had white plastic lettering on black velvet that announced the films playing as “Screentest”, and “Country Chicken Goes to Town”.
A roomy, but bare lobby was decorated in red flock on gold foil wallpaper. Each side wall had fluted sconces holding large white globe lighting fixtures. Red swirl carpeting covered a raked floor. In the far right corner was a turnstile where a flashing red arrow pointed to a slot in which a crisp five dollar bill had to be inserted in order to activate a metal revolving door geared to admit one person at a time.
Popcorn, coffee, and candy vending machines stood against the far end of a long standee. These machines provided the only light source for this dim area.
The auditorium was Victorian styled with sidewalls lined in gilt framed, red velvet sound baffle boards. Within each crimson sqaure were three cluster globe light fixtures, but they were not lit. What appeared to be a vaulted ceiling was painted black. A gently slanted orchestra floor lead down to a nice sized stage apron topped by a scallop valence, backed by plush drapery. For one reason or other other all back row chairs had been removed, which was a hazard in such a dark theatre!
There was another automated theatre in Tulsa called Trix Cinemat that was very similar to the Las Palmas Theatre.

socal09
socal09 on November 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm

The vertical sign that sat on top of the roof and long missing its neon, was removed last week.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 18, 2009 at 12:33 am

Here is a March 1973 ad from the LAT:
http://tinyurl.com/oj9cv4

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:29 am

Heres a google street view of the theater as a nightclub:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 22, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Here is part of an LA Times article dated 5/10/47:

Reopening Thursday night as a picture theater in a blaze of glory and lights, with any number of film celebrities present, and with handsome new decorations and freshly upholstered seats, Las Palmas is showing “Nais”, adapted from Emile Zola’s “Nais Macoulin”, French-made film with English subtitles.

Stars present at the premier included Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Denise Billincord, J. Carrol Naish, Marla Montez, Robert Stack and others.

Rolando
Rolando on November 20, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Thanks for that info William. Here’s a perfect chance for the Shubert Organization to cash in on Hollywood Boulevard. WICKED could have moved over but since it’s closing, L.A. is once again getting shows that have passed through this way before.

William
William on November 20, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Well the Pacific Theatre does have a full stage, but the bad wall has an angle to it. But on a good note, there is a parking lot behind the theatre. All they would have to do is extend the back wall of the stage house into the parking lot. The Wiltern Theatre did that in their remodel afew years back.

Rolando
Rolando on November 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm

I saw “Pump Boys and Dinettes” there and had a great time. The next live show I saw there was “A Chorus Line”. I recall the ad saying something like, “See it like it was meant to be seen”, which meant in an intimate setting. I never saw ACL at the Public in NY but in rather large venues like the Shubert in L.A. (now gone), the Pantages and the monstrosity of the Wilshire. ACL at the Las Palmas was awesome, although the stage was a bit small for the finale. I do recall when I saw ALC there, Lily Tomlin was performing at then Huntington-Hartford, a musical at the Pantages and the area had a feeling of a legit theatre area. It’s too bad the Pacific Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard cannot be converted into a legit theatre, but I know from other posts its not built for stage shows. I can only dream!

Rolando

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on September 15, 2008 at 7:09 pm

This building appears in the movie “The Hidden” (1987) as the Harem Room where Claudia Christian works as a stripper. There are a number of shots up and down the street showing Miceli’s Italian restaurant next door. I’ve wondered if the Harem Room was a real business, or if they mocked up the exterior. But from what I’ve read here, and from the adult book stores visible across the street, I’d guess it might have been real.

socal09
socal09 on April 25, 2008 at 9:58 pm

I live just up the street from the Las Palmas on the same street. Several years ago I was inside this space during one of its incarnations as a nightclub. Unfortunately, the idea of resurrecting it as a theater is not viable. The space has been completely stripped back to the bare walls and beams and there are no seats. Its actually a pretty cool space inside. The former ultra exclusive LES DEUX nightclub is right next door to the right.

This site (link below) has some great vintage pictures of theatres in the Hollywood Blvd area. If you scroll down to the sixth listing, there are pics of the Las Palmas Theater in 1983.

http://www.lenrek.net/movies/Angel/theatres.html

Donn
Donn on March 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm

This theater is where the first production of “Lend An Ear” started, which launched the career of Carol Channing. The show moved to NYC but continued in Hollywood with a lot of future movie stars. Gene Nelson, Gower Champion were some of the names associated with that production.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 5, 2008 at 11:50 pm

This building was erected in 1927, according to assessor’s information.

An item in Daily Variety for June 18, 1941, indicates that at that time this was a playhouse operating under the name Hollywood Troupers Theatre.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 25, 2007 at 7:30 am

Here is an October 1948 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/29962d

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 2, 2007 at 7:39 am

Here is another LA Times ad from February 1972. Now they’re taking coupons. I wonder if they gave out green stamps as well:
http://tinyurl.com/3cnov4

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 12:41 am

Here is an early 70s ad from the LA Times. I don’t know why they were demanding exact change to get into the theater. Maybe the manager used to be a bus driver:
http://tinyurl.com/3a5ytm

William
William on June 23, 2007 at 8:13 am

The theatre most likely has not had a working projection booth decades.

meheuck
meheuck on June 23, 2007 at 6:05 am

The property is dormant right now. I wonder what it would take to do any sort of temporary film screening there, like a Last Remaining Seats for Hipsters?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 22, 2007 at 11:54 pm

Bway: If you’re still watching this page, the photos RobertR linked to back in 2005 depict the theatre on Vine Street north of Hollywood Boulevard which has been variously known as the Hollywood Playhouse, El Capitan Theater, Hollywood Palace, and the Avalon Hollywood, among other names. Built in 1926, it’s been a playhouse, a television studio (during which time it was the location where Richard Nixon made his famous “Checkers” speech), and a night club, but never a movie theatre. If somebody would lease it for a few months for showing films then we’d be able to give it a page here.