Fuji Kan Theatre

324 E. 1st Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2010 at 3:15 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.

MagicLantern on July 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Now a bank and a parking structure.

reluctantpopstar on August 28, 2007 at 1:55 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 20, 2007 at 7:01 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.

kencmcintyre on July 3, 2006 at 10:53 am

Here is an uncropped version of the photo at the top of the page:

William on November 12, 2003 at 3:59 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.