Iris Theatre

6415 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Pine on January 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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.

Pine on January 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

It was the Fox in the late 60’s.

HornerJack on January 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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.

PDDET on January 14, 2012 at 5:20 am

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.

hollywoodtheatres on April 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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


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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Pine on May 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm

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

kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm

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

Art1956 on April 10, 2009 at 5:13 am

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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.

Art1956 on April 10, 2009 at 4:28 am

The Iris was closed in mid-October 1968 and reopened December 18, 1968 as the Fox Theater.

Art1956 on April 10, 2009 at 4:03 am

In the late sixties, The Iris was at 6508 Hollywood Blvd. It was eventually changed to the Fox Theater. It stands empty, today.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 7, 2009 at 10:34 pm

It could be that the Hollywood Lutherian Church held their meetings in this building, rather than the ‘new’ Iris Theatre across the Boulevard.

This first Iris Theatre closed in 1918 and could have been unused until it was demolished around 1927, so was probably available for use by the church. The ‘new’ Iris Theatre would have been operating as a busy movie theatre from 1918 onwards, so I would have thought unlikely to have been available for other uses.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Lost Memory;
That would be on the same block as the 2nd Iris Theatre (later Fox), but on the other side of the Boulevard. Could be a typo in the Film Daily.

Pine on April 7, 2009 at 8:29 pm


   Hollywood Lutheran Church was founded May 29, 1921, when a group of 24 people, who had been meeting for worship and prayer in a private home in Los Feliz, opened a “Charter” of those wishing to start a new Lutheran congregation. Quickly outgrowing a house living room, they began holding services in the Iris Theater in Hollywood, and found their first pastor, Rev. Milton H. Stine (formerly the President of the California Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America).

Within less than a year, the new congregation purchased a lot on Sunset Blvd. near Van Ness, surrounded by Warner Bros. Studios. 
  But when Warner Bros. began to expand its Hollywood presence, a deal was made.  Hollywood Luthean Church sold its lot to Warner Bros. and purchased a permanent site in Los Feliz. Warner Bros. made a generous donation to help with the cost of construction and furnishings.  The congregation built its present home in 1924 at a cost of $70,000! The Sanctuary was dedicated November 9 that year and has been in continuous use ever since.
A Sunday School building was completed in 1937, and enlarged in the 1940s.   A two-story educational and office wing was added in 1968.

Our property once held a small (equity-waiver) wooden theatre building originally owned by actress Mae West, but she never performed in it. It fell into disrepair, was later condemned by the City of Los Angeles, and demolished before the new wing was added.
Hollywood Lutheran Church has been served by nine different senior Pastors in its eighty-six year history, as well as 4 assistant pastors, 11 seminary interns, and several parish visitors.
  Pastors who have served Hollywood Lutheran Church

1921â€"1926 Pastor Milton H. Stine
1927â€"1942 Pastor J. George Dorn
1931-1932 Assistant Pastor Erwin May
1932-1934 Assistant Pastor J. Ernest Messer
1943â€"1949 Pastor Robert D. Kerstetter

1945 Assistant Pastor Albert Alsop
1948 Assistant Pastor George H. Lovecamp  
Pastors Stine, Dorn and Kerstetter
  1949â€"1952 Pastor R. Bertram Reed
1953â€"1960 Pastor John T. Steinhaus
1960â€"1991 Pastor Harry D. Durkee

1961-1963 Associate Pastor Fred Daubenbis
1987-1988 Assistant Pastor Ken Edwins  
Pastors Reed, Steinhaus and Durkee
  1991â€"1995 Pastor John Wagner
1995â€"2000 Pastor James E. Boline
2000â€"2004 Interim Pastor Paul W. Kloth
2004â€" Pastor Daniel M. Hooper  
                           Pastors Boline and Hooper

 A Son of the Congregation:  Eddie Spirer, “the Little Minister” was a son of this congregation.  Of Orthodox Jewish descent, Eddie became a Christian, then a carpenter and contractor, and later went on to seminary and became a pastor of the Lutheran church (one of five men from this congregation who became pastors). A memorial book was written about his life.

Rev. Spirer was ordained at Hollywood Lutheran Church on July 13, 1930.

A tireless evangelist, Pastor Spirer (1895-1990) helped to found nearly 50 Lutheran churches in Southern California and Hawaii during his long career.

During the Depression and World War II, the congregation continued to grow until it was the largest church in the Synod.  The Sunday School had 400 young people enrolled.  Over 155 men from the congregation served in World War II; only one was injured, and he recovered and returned to Hollywood Lutheran Church!
Hollywood Lutheran Child Development Center was opened in 1974, and operated until February 2004. Its original mission was to provide quality child care and education for the staff at Hollywood-area hospitals. But later, these hospitals added their own internal facilities, making our center unnecessary and unprofitable, to the point of thousands of dollars in losses for the church.

 Hollywood Lutheran Church in 1976

Pastor Harry Durkee:  The one pastor whom many people remember well is Pastor Harry Durkee, who served from 1960 to1991 until his retirement from professional ministry. Our fellowship hall, Durkee Hall, is dedicated to honor Pastor Harry and Norma Durkee. (See:  Facilities.)

In 2005-2006 Durkee Hall was refurbished. The Durkees now live in Burbank, California.
HLC has also hosted several 12-Step programs — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — for many decades. Hollywood Squares, the oldest and largest meeting in Hollywood has gathered in Durkee Hall for about 50 years. See: Community Schedule.
The buildings have been modernized several times, but retain their historic charm, especially in the Sanctuary, where worship services, weddings, baptisms, concerts and dramas, funerals and community programs have been held continuously for more than 86 years.
Recent History
In 1999 the congregation adopted an “Affirmation of Welcome” to gay and lesbian people, and so became part of the reconciling and welcoming movement of Christian churches that are working for the full participation of sexual minorities in the church. Through the Reconciling in Christ Program of Lutherans Concerned/North America, nearly 400 congregations of the ELCA and ELCIC have adopted similar public statements of welcome. See: What does “Reconciling in Christ” mean in this church?

The church was served by Interim Pastor Paul Kloth from 2000 to 2004. During this period, with the guidance of the Synod staff, the congregation determined that its chief mission priority in the years ahead would be to develop a ministry with GLBT people. In March 2004, the congregational called the Rev. Daniel M. Hooper as Pastor to lead in this effort.
During 2005 we re-formed a Hand Bell Choir. If you can’t sing, you can ring!  With the arrival of the very talented and dedicated Eldon Turner as our Director of Music in May 2006, Hollywood Lutheran Church observed its 85th Anniversary.  Our music program continues to flourish, with plans for the rennovation and expansion of our pipe organ in 2008.  (See:  Music Program)
In October 2006 we also we welcomed the Silverlake Children’s Theatre Group to our campus, and the Way of Life Church (Korean language) as our sister community that Christmas. More recently, we have launched several significant community enterprises, including Hollywood Remembers, Hollywood Callback and the Los Feliz Art Walk program.
Our community has a proud history of diversity, openness and innovation, a tradition which continues today.
We are indebted to our faithful archivist, Joan Riedell, who has carefully kept congregational records for many years. Her handiwork includes wonderful chronological binders of key documents and photographs for each decade of this church’s life in Hollywood.