Bill Robinson Theatre

4219 S. Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA

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This theater was part of a long lost section of movie houses in South Central Los Angeles.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 15, 2008 at 3:01 am

When was it demolished?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 15, 2008 at 3:14 am

I’m sure that everyone would like to know the answer to that.

losangeleno
losangeleno on September 15, 2008 at 3:26 am

The Robinson theater was located on Central Ave, between 43rd St. and 43rd Pl. on the west side of the street. Directly across the street from the Los Angeles Sentinel news paper, Civic meat market, and Lucy’s Supermarket.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 15, 2008 at 3:27 am

Do you know what year it was demolished?

losangeleno
losangeleno on September 15, 2008 at 4:16 am

It was finally torn down after the Sylmar earthquake of 1971. Here is where it used to stand

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losangeleno
losangeleno on September 15, 2008 at 5:14 am

Here’s an old theater on the corners of Central and Jefferson Ave. that’s standing.

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I’m sure it hard to have been built around the same time as the Robinson to the north and the Lincoln theater to the south. All three within a few miles of each other, all on Central Ave.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2008 at 4:45 am

Los Angeleno: The theater on Central at Jefferson is listed at Cinema Treasures as the Florence Mills Theatre. It is the oldest of the three theaters you mention, having been erected in 1912, and known to have been operating as the Globe Theatre in 1914.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 25, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Advertised in the LA Times in January 1960. Double feature on 1/22/60 was “Sad Horse” and “Sound & The Fury”. Admission was fifty cents.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Saw the second movie but not the first one.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Here is a larger version of the marquee photo posted by Joe Vogel on 6/3/07:
http://tinyurl.com/cbhpoj

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