Fuji Kan Theatre

324 E. First Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Built in the mid-1930’s, the Fuji Kan had been re-named Linda Lea Theatre by 1950. It has since been demolished.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William
William on November 12, 2003 at 9:59 pm

The Fuji Kan Theatre was later renamed the Linda Lee Theatre during the 50’s. It seated 354 people. There is another Linda Lea Theatre located at 251 Main Street, which was formerly the Civic Theatre before it was renamed Linda Lea in the 60’s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 3, 2006 at 2:53 pm

Here is an uncropped version of the photo at the top of the page:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015318.jpg

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 20, 2007 at 11:01 am

Still operating as a Japanese movie house in 1963 when it was listed in the city directory as the Kinema Theatre.

Actually built in 1925, according to this page at the ArchitectDB.

Closed during the early years of WWII, it reopened as the Linda Lea Theatre in 1945, featuring movies and live acts catering to the largely African-American population which had filled the apartments and houses vacated by the interned Japanese-American population. Some information about it can be seen on this page of the Bronzeville L.A. website.

reluctantpopstar
reluctantpopstar on August 28, 2007 at 5:55 pm

The Linda Lea moved to the theater at 249 S. Main Street by 1954.

That theater was formerly the Arrow, then the Azteca.

See the entry under Linda Lea.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on July 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Now a bank and a parking structure.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2010 at 7:15 am

The Fuji Kan was demolished by 1964, which is the original construction date of the structure currently on the site according to the L.A. County Assessor’s office. I have a vague memory of having seen the old building about 1962 or 1963, and I’m pretty sure the theater was still in operation at that time.

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