Lido Theatre

8507 W. Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90035

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kencmcintyre on February 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm

You can see the Lido next to the bank in this 1972 aerial photo. By 1980 the theater is gone.

kencmcintyre on November 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm

The LA Times noted overflow High Holiday services at the Lido from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. This item is from September 1979:

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, was ushered in Friday night with synagogue services penetrated by the sound of the shofar, the hollowed ram’s horn which issues a call to conscience. Two Pico Boulevard congregations, Temple Isaiah and B’Nai David-Judea, are holding additional services at the Century Plaza and Lido Theatre, respectively.

kencmcintyre on August 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Here is a May 1960 item from the LA Times:

In view of the success of its current screening of Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries” and “The Magician”, NT&T’s Lido Theater on Pico will present Bergman’s “A Lesson in Love” for an exclusive engagement starting Friday June 3.

A hastily ironic comedy of morals, “A Lesson in Love” catches Bergman in a mischievous mood, the style being reminiscent of “Smiles of a Summer Night”, the film that first won him the attention of American audiences. Starring Eva Dahlbeck and Gunnar Bjornstrand, this will be the first showing of this film in the greater Los Angeles area.

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Here is a March 1969 ad from the LA Times:

haineshisway on March 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Different Leo. BTW, in case it hasn’t been answered, the Lido was not on the corner of La Cienega and Pico. On the northwest corner was and is a Bank Of America. There were then a couple of storefronts heading west on Pico, and then the Lido – the storefronts AND the Lido became the BofA parking lot.

unihikid on March 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm

hainsthisway,you mentioned leo deli.there was an appliance/thrift store in that area called leos,i forgot what cross street it was on but it was right on the corner and my dad knew the owner pretty well,its not there anymore but do you know if its the same owner who just got out of making sandwhiches and started selling stoves?


autoxcuda on March 8, 2009 at 5:23 am

My parents moved one block from there in ‘71 just before I was born. They still live there. I only saw The Muppet Movie and Buck Rodgers there. I see those were mid/late '79 release dates, so that was near the very end. I always wanted to see movies there, but my mom wouldn’t let me. Reading about that riot for the FIRST time ever, I’m pretty sure I know why! Fustrated me because I would always walk/ride by there to get milk at Big Town or baseball cards in the tiny pathway BETWEEN Big Town and the 5 and dime.

BTW in the 90’s the Bank of America was robbed or robbery attempt from UNDERNEATH. The robbers tunneled under the vault from the huge underground storm drain under La Cienega & Pico blvd.

Mlipofsky1019 on February 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Wow unihikid, you moved even further away from LA than I did! A lot of people miss the Carthay Theatre, and they also mention that the building that’s there now is not only just another office building, but of course, it lacks the history of nice architectual and historical buildings, such as the Carthay Theatre.

unihikid on February 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm

hey mike
well when i said closed down i meant torn down im a uni grad c/o 01 lol but its good to see a fellow warrior!i went to the picfair once when it was a theatre it showed a indian cartoon from what i remember it wasnt that good,but that was around 86 or 87,around 88 the appliciance store opened up and we bought a stove from mention the carthay..i went to that school and i use to hang out on the theater site and wondered why was that ugly building there.i miss la too you may be in simi valley but im in DALLAS!

Mlipofsky1019 on February 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Unihikid, I also went to Uni(class of ‘85), and I’m probably around your age, since you said you were about 13 when the Picfair closed, and I think it closed around 1979-'80. Unfortunately, the Stadium on Pico closed right after I was born, and I don’t think I ever saw any movies, even as a little kid, at the Lido, or the Picfair Theatres. The Carthay Theatre also closed down when I was 1, so I never got to experience that theatre either. I sure miss the Picwood, and the Palms though. I also miss living over on the Westside. I’d be over there in a heartbeat, if it weren’t so damn expensive to live there. I’m really getting tired of Simi Valley!

Mlipofsky1019 on February 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Haineshisway, I was born in 1967. My parants lived in an apartmnet on Chariton and Cadillac, when I was born, moved over to another apartment on Chariton and Guthrie about a year later, and then in September, 1969, moved to the home that I grew up in and lived in until I moved out at 19, on Olin St, between Robertson and Canfield, so I probably remember a lot of the same places that you do. My older brother actually worked at Big Town Market for a short period of time in 1971-72, so I remember the corner of Pico and La Cienega very well. I honestly can’t remember where the Lido Theatre was. Was it right on the corner of Pico and La Cienega, and if so, which corner? By the way, the Chinese restaurant that you’re thinking about on Pico, just east of La Cienega, was Kowloon. Wan-Q’s was actually on the north side of Pico, 1 block east of Robertson, on the corner of Pico and Wooster. Both Kowloon’s, and Wan-Q’s are long gone, but I think the Twin Dragon Chinese Restaurant, on Pico
and Holt, is still there. I remember my mom used to take me to the Montgomery Wards shopping center when I was a kid. There was a Woolworth’s there, a Thrifty’s, a Shopping Bag Market, which later became a Fazio’s, a Bob’s Big Boy, a Gallenkamps shoes(I think that’s how it was spelled), and of course, Montgomery Wards, and stores inside of that building, next to Wards. I remember my mom liked shopping at the Daylite Market across the street(now long gone). You may also remember the minature golf course on La Cienega, up by Cashio(that closed in 1977), and a pizza stand that my dad claims was some of the best pizza he’s ever had, Pizza Prince, on La Cienega, between Pickford and Cashio.

sotoskappas on September 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm

In 1966-67 I was proud and fortunate to be employed as assistant mgr at the LIDO Theatre. During those days our company had just changed name from Fox West Theatres to National General. Movies such as “The Blowout” “A Man & A Woman” “Shop on Main Street” “Elvira Madigan” and so many more would open there and played for months. (We didn’t change movie every week those days.) Movie stars such as Kim Novak,
Paul Newman – Joanna Woodward, Bing & Mary Crosby, Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra, Robert Wagner, Robert Goulet, Eddy Williams and so many more, visited the LIDO. After LIDO I was promoted to Manager at several other theatres until the Company changed to Manns Theatres. I will never forget the LIDO and the changes we did with the mgr, the late Richard Kates. We displayed expensive paintings at the lobby. We installed a water fountain upstairs next to the telephone booth,and dressed up the inside of the booth with French posters. It was “An Art Theatre.” I’m sad that we didn’t take any photos of the LIDO Theatre, during those days. A very special theatre!

vokoban on September 24, 2008 at 11:01 am

Thanks…I was spelling it wrong.

vokoban on September 24, 2008 at 10:57 am

could you show me the link?

unihikid on September 24, 2008 at 10:44 am

yea i was on the page today.

vokoban on September 24, 2008 at 10:25 am

Does anyone know if the Pickfair has a page on here? I put it in as the name and also previous name but can’t seem to find it.

vokoban on September 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm

I hope that they are being digitally archived if they are originals. Too many bad things can happen to old photos.

haineshisway on September 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm

I’ve got amazing photos – I know the guy who has the biggest photo archive of this kind of LA stuff. The Stadium and Picfair both have pages, as do every other theater I can remember in this city. But not nearly enough classic pix from the era when these theaters actually were in business.

vokoban on September 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Does the Stadium have its own page? I’ll have to check. I think you should put as many photos as you can for people to see. It’s nice to see some photos that everyone hasn’t already seen from the library and usc’s website.

haineshisway on September 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I think they only disabled the Add A Photo for the top of the page. On photobucket, there’s several different codes one can use, and one of them uploads the pic to the actual site, so maybe that’s the ticket from now on. :)

Now, should I go do some photos of the Stadium? I’m definitely going to do some of the Hollywood theaters, because everyone who posts pix of them does so with current pix – like anyone wants to see these glorious theaters all closed up or redesigned or as trendy clubs. Feh.

vokoban on September 23, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I can see the BofA in the last photo….great. I don’t know if putting a picture on here is a no-no or not, I just didn’t think it was possible since they disabled the add photo thing so long ago. You must know some fancy html or something.

haineshisway on September 23, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Just in case, here’s the third – you can see the BofA sign if you look to the right of the theater.
<img src=“” alt=“Lido Theater mid-1960s”>

haineshisway on September 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I had several option on photbucket and chose the last of them and it put the image on here. Is that a no-no? But when you go to the link can you see all three photos? Do I need to post the third?