Bill Robinson Theatre

4219 S. Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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The Tivoli Theatre was part of a long lost section of movie houses in South Central Los Angeles. In 1931 it become an African-American theatre.

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kencmcintyre on July 11, 2007 at 12:17 am

Oh Bill Robinson, where have you gone…lost in San Jacinto.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 11, 2007 at 12:35 am

L.A. library’s index cards use the American dating system, with the month first.

I’ve been unable to determine if the Soboba theatre was on East or West Main Street.

Koo-koo-ka-choo, Mr. Robinson,
We’ll get back to you eventually.

losangeleno on September 15, 2008 at 2:52 am

As a small child, my family took me to the Robinson Theater to see Ben Hur. It was our neighborhood theater. As a young boy, I got a job cleaning and stacking bricks that were the remains of the demolished theater. Both the Robinson Theater, and the Dunbar Hotel were our pyramids of Giza, monuments of a civilization that had long since become passed away.

kencmcintyre on September 15, 2008 at 3:01 am

When was it demolished?

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.

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 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 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.

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:

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