Studio 1 Theatre

2139 W. Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

At least the weather’s nice.

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

Sad photo ken nc,poor old guy living there.

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

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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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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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 24, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Here is a July 1970 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/my2uxf

Hockey Dude
Hockey Dude on May 9, 2009 at 12:23 am

Interesting film by a young local director, RD Hall. It was nice to sit in there for a couple of hours. Many of those who attended had never been in the Rialto when it was in operation. The insides have been pretty much well preserved. Interseting to note that the film was actually projected digitally from a DVD projector in the balcony, and it was able to achieve the standard aspect ratio. I’d say about 200 people made the show. Cant wait for the next show. Too bad they couldnt have done the same for Studio 1, that is,occaisonally screen indie films by local directors.

Hockey Dude
Hockey Dude on May 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm

The show starts at 8:30 PM, May 8th, 2009…doors open at 7:30

Hockey Dude
Hockey Dude on May 8, 2009 at 8:36 am

Hey everybody, local South Pas kid and amateur filmmaker, R.D.Hall, will be premiering him Noir Horror/Gangster movie at the Rialto in South Pasadena on May 8th, 2009. The One-Sheet was created by another South Pas kid, local art legend, Jimi(not the tattoo artist)Martinez. Admission is free, as is the popcorn and refreshments. Whoa! Friday night at the movies!!! Lets all go support indie filmmaking…Rialto rocks!!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Creation Theatre and then Garden Theatre. I wonder if the Creation was decorated with a Garden of Eden theme, and when the name was changed the existing style of decoration suggested the new name to the operators?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Did it take seven days to build?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 4, 2009 at 7:39 pm

The 1915 City Directory lists a movie theater called the Creation at this address.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2008 at 4:37 am

This house was still listed as the Garden Theatre in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory.

The L.A. County Assessor’s office gives an original construction date of 1935 for the building at this address, but judging from the photo linked in Lost Memory’s comment of August 10, 2007, I’d say the Assessor’s office is in error. The style of the brickwork on that facade was very popular in the 1910s, and I’ve never seen it used on any building erected as late as 1935. The building probably does date from 1914.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 23, 2008 at 9:12 pm

The Studio 1 was advertised as the Garden in the 1925 LA city directory:
http://tinyurl.com/34ugc5

Hockey Dude
Hockey Dude on November 8, 2007 at 7:25 pm

It was known as the HK Studio for about as long as it was the Ramona OR the Studio 1.
When I was a kid, my friend plugged up the toilet and we got kicked out of the theater.
I saw Mary Poppins and the Jungle Book there when I was a kid. As for holding 500, I’d be surprised if it held more than 300.

decoteau
decoteau on June 17, 2007 at 7:33 pm

Wasn’t Nick Marino a partner in this theatre in the mid to late 80s?

tonygatto
tonygatto on March 3, 2006 at 5:27 am

Does anyone have contact information for the owners/Lessors of the building?
If so, can you pass it along?
Thank You.
Tony Gatto

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on February 13, 2005 at 5:51 pm

This theatre is now for rent as a “restaurant / juice bar” (!).

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on October 4, 2004 at 12:04 pm

The nearby Echo Park Film Centre has wanted to rent this space out and expand its agenda, but no luck thus far (purportedly the current owners of this space are averse to that).