Studio 1 Theatre

2139 W. Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Opened in 1914 as the Garden Theatre, this was a small neighborhood theater located just west of Alvarado Boulevard on Sunset Boulevard.

Later renamed Ramona Theatre, during its later years, the theater was renamed the Studio 1 Theatre and showed Spanish films and some second run films with Spanish subtitles.

After closing in the mid-1990s, the Studio 1 was gutted and turned into retail space.

Contributed by William Gabel

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vokoban
vokoban on September 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I doubt that this is the same theater since its a few years too early and looks very different, but does anyone know if the Globe Theater #3 was ever built on Sunset in Echo Park? If so, does it have a page here? Here’s a link to the article and a grainy photo:

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vokoban
vokoban on September 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I figured it out….the one in that article is on the Holly theater page. Here’s a listing from 1914 with a bunch of theaters:

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rudyjoe
rudyjoe on January 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Studio One when it was Ramona was a fun show. Hey, lets go to the show we always used to say! Maybe sneak in if we could sometimes!
My mom took me there to see the beatles in hard day’s night and i worn my beatle boots and lost in space v style velour two tone shirt and had the beatle haircut too! wow. As for the globe? all i know is that the (still there and very noticeable) Jensen Rec. Center Building had a bowling alley so it could have had a movie theater too(its the same location mentioned above)It was all changed and became a mix of small businesses and or shops, like the toy shop or electronic store i used to go into to.
and been there since 1954 and love it. – rudy

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Sad photo ken nc,poor old guy living there.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

At least the weather’s nice.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Good thing its in CA.Warm there most of the time.

meheuck
meheuck on December 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm

From a recent L.A. Times story on the new popularity of the Echo Park neighborhood:

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“The neighborhood’s most anticipated opening is a 10,000-square-foot bar and restaurant named Mohawk Bend that is slated to open in February and occupies the nearly 100-year-old movie theater across the street from Nicole Daddio’s cozy wine bar City Sip.”

So I guess that’s what’s happening with the Ramona now.

SCINEMABILL
SCINEMABILL on January 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I GREW UP IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD (ATTENDED MAYBERRY ST. SCHOOL) IN LATE 50’S-60’S AND REMEMBER THIS THEATRE AS THE “RAMONA THEATRE"
THEN BEING CLOSED, REMODELED AND REOPENED AS "STUDIO ONE”, WITH A TICKET PRICE INCREASE TO AN OUTRAGEOUS .25 CENTS, CAUSING MY PAL PETER AN I TO CRINGE. SAW MANY A SAT. MATINEE, CLEOPATRA, WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT. THE BEATLES HARD DAYS NIGHT, HELP, THE EARLY BOND MOVIES, THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET (WITH DON KNOTTS). WHAT MEMORIES.
CAUGHT MANY A DOUBLE FEATURE, AND AFTERWARDS WE WOULD GO OFF TO “OLE FOSTERS FREEZE” ACROSS THE STREET AND WEST 1 BLOCK, OR WE WOULD GO GET A PIZZA @ “PIZZA BOZZA’S” AROUND THE CORNER ON ALVARADO. THE BOZZA FAMILY OWNED THAT PLACE FOREVER, I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH THE LATE “RONNIE BOZZA”. THAT PIZZA PLACE IS STILL THERE, HOWEVER THE FAMILY SOLD IT SOME 10 YEARS AGO TO ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES WHO WAS WITH THE ORIGINAL BOZZA FAMILY BACK IN THE LATE 50’S. STOPPED BY FOR A PIZZA ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO. STILL AUTHENTIC FOOD. MEMORY LANE.

mhdantholz
mhdantholz on February 16, 2011 at 1:05 am

I saw my first movies mid-1950s @ the Ramona: “Fantasia”, re-release, and “Hollywood Or Bust” with Martin and Lewis. Growing up on Delta Street/Echo Park Ave., it was nearby.

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