Barton Theater

211 N. Pacific Avenue,
San Pedro, CA 90731

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The Barton Theater was advertised in the Los Angeles city directory in 1925. It was still listed as being in operation in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook. The theater was used for a while by the Catholic church for Mass, while their new church was being built three blocks away.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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MagicLantern on June 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm

I wonder if that building marked “Wellington” at 227 North Pacific couldn’t have been the theatre, once upon a time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 24, 2014 at 11:57 am

Southwest Builder & Contractor of April 11, 1924, had an item about the Barton Theatre:

“San Pedro— Foss Designing & Building Company 1007 Pacific Ave, San Pedro, has the contract and has started work on a two-story theater and office building 45x100 feet at northeast corner of Santa Cruz and Pacific; estimated cost, $35,000. The building is being erected by Goebel Bros., who own the market building adjoining and will be under the management of P.H. Poirier. The theater will seat 500. The building will be Mission style throughout.”
The Foss Designing & Building Company was a Pasadena firm established by builder Robert Francis Foss in 1911. The San Pedro branch office was opened in 1923. Operating both as a general contractor for projects designed by other architects and as one of the region’s leading design-build firms, Foss Designing & Building Company was active at least into the 1980s as The Foss Company. The firm’s architectural and business records are held at the Huntington Library in San Marino. It’s possible that the plans for the Barton Theatre are among them, though it is also possible that this was only a contracting project. I’ve found a reference to the Foss company being the builders of the Strand Theatre in San Pedro as well, so it also might have been a Foss design.

For those who might be interested, this PDF of a document prepared by Tim Gregory is about a Foss-designed house in Altadena, but about half of the document is devoted to information about the Foss company.

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