Iris Theatre

6415 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Iris Theatre

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The Idyl Hour Theatre was opened in 1913 by P. Tabor, who had successfully operated his first Idyl Hour Theatre for the previous two years at 6265 Hollywood Boulvevard, just east of Vine Street.

Soon after opening it was renamed Iris Theatre. The Iris Theatre was so successful, that Tabor built a new Iris Theatre across the street in 1918. The old Iris Theatre was possibly demolished when construction began in 1927 on the Hollywood Warner Theatre (later Pacific). In 2009, the site of the first Iris Theatre is an empty plot to the east of the Pacific 1-2-3 Theatre on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and N. Cahuenga Boulevard.

As a footnote; The second Iris Theatre (which has its own separate page on Cinema Treasures) was renamed Fox Theatre in December 1968, and closed in 1994. It stood empty and unused for over ten years, and was converted into a nightclub/bar.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Art1956
Art1956 on April 9, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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Look on the left side of this picture.Where you see the Iris, on that picture, is where the Fox Theatre is today.I stake my life on it. The Iris closed down for about two months, in 1968, and re-opened as the Fox Theatre.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 1:01 pm

In the 1915 city directory, the theater was listed as the Iris at 6417 Hollywood Blvd.

Pine
Pine on May 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm

How can I get a 1969-71 city directory? Any of these?

hollywoodtheatres
hollywoodtheatres on April 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

DOCUMENTARY ON CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD CINEMAS – Lookn for interviewees, photos, videos of old hollywood

Hello,

I’m and independent filmmaker working on a documentary about old movie theatres in hollywood (Iris, Warner, Pacific, Hollywood, Vogue, Grauman’s Chinese, Egyptian etc..) that have had an impact on the hollywood community, both as a symbol of Hollywood as well as the historical and heritage effects it has had on “hollywood” as an industry. We are profiling theatres that are currently functioning as well as the obsolete. If you worked in these theatres back in the day (during their highlights) and have interesting stories to tell, photos to show, video to talk about I would like to hear from you. Many older movie houses are being demolished due to new developments and it is important to help future generation know and understand how these movie palaces have helped shaped the Hollywood we know today. If you have any photos or videos with personal stories you’d like to share, please contact me (323) 876-0975 – – You must owns the materials you are willing to share (taken the picture- recorded the videos, written the letters, etc…)

If you do have materials you’d like to send that may help in accurate information, you are welcome to send it to me.

Jorge Ameer
Classic Hollywood Cinemas
Box 3204
Hollywood, California 90028

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PDDET
PDDET on January 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

The theater information is wrong. It was known as the Iris until 1960. That was when they “remodeled” it and reopened with The Time Machine.

HornerJack
HornerJack on January 14, 2012 at 4:33 am

I lived up the hill in Whitley Heights above Hollywood Blvd. in the late 60s and I could swear The Iris was there at that time. I do not remember the Fox.

Pine
Pine on January 14, 2012 at 6:24 am

It was the Fox in the late 60’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2012 at 6:49 am

PDDET is mistaken about the date when the second Iris was renamed the Fox. It was the Iris at least as late as 1962. Here is a photo of the Iris with “2 Academy Award Winners” on the marquee, and the award winners are Two Women and The Hustler, both of which won their Oscars in the ceremony held on April 9, 1962.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2012 at 7:20 am

A comment on the Fox Theatre page by kencmcintyre quotes a 1968 Times article saying that the Iris Theatre was scheduled to reopen as the Fox Theatre on December 20 that year.

Pine
Pine on January 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

I started working at the Fox in the fall of 1969. I’d like to have a copy of the L.A. Times story about the opening of the Fox. Can you post it or send it to me in an email: Thank you.

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