Castle Theatre

8518 S. San Pedro Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90003

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Castle Theatre, Los Angeles, CA - 1926

This small neighborhood house opened in 1925. It was closed by 1954, and is now a church.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on June 11, 2007 at 9:27 pm

An ad in the 11/6/54 LA Times advertises a service at the Christ Community Church in the Castle Theater Building. You could assume that the Castle was already out of business by that date, unless the church was renting the theater on a part time basis.

kencmcintyre on June 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Not demolished. It’s currently a church. I doubt if it had 575 seats as it was pretty small. Clearly a theater at one time, though. Status should be closed.

kencmcintyre on July 2, 2007 at 9:01 pm

Please note status change to closed.

kencmcintyre on August 13, 2007 at 7:22 pm

Not demolished per photo of 6/16/07, unless someone disagrees.

kencmcintyre on August 14, 2007 at 7:17 pm

Listed in the 1942 directory at 8520 S. San Pedro. These addresses seem to fluctuate as it was at 8518 in 1939. The address of the building in the June 07 photo is 8518.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 5, 2007 at 11:41 pm

Assessor information for the building at 8516-8518-8522 S. San Pedro says that it was built in 1925 and has just over 5800 sq. ft. The land is valued at $124,124 while the building is valued at $346,122, so the church that now occupies it obviously isn’t letting it fall apart.

DonSolosan on November 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

I stopped by yesterday and talked with some of the church-goers. A few knew of their building’s history and other theaters in the area. It seems that the square filled in with a security gate was once an open entrance; about 10 or 12 feet behind the door is what remains of the old ticket booth. They were busy closing up, so I didn’t get the opportunity to peek into the auditorium.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on January 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

This photograph of the Castle Theatre was taken by George Mann in 1926.

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