Trojan Theatre

931 W. Jefferson Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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Originally opened as the University Theatre around 1913 with seating provided for 600. It was renamed Realart Theatre by 1923. By 1941 it had been renamed Trojan Theatre, named for the USC mascot. It was located near the USC Campus in a lost movie going area.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 11, 2007 at 3:53 am

This is a mini-mall now. No trace of the theater remains.

fmbeall
fmbeall on September 10, 2007 at 3:54 am

I worked part time at this theatre while attending USC, and I was chief chef and bottle washer till it closed in December 1952. I was partially responsible for the closure as I wanted to go home to Honolulu for the holidays. The owner, Bess Midnick (who also owned the La Tosca) didnt’t want to work the boxoffice, etc for the two weeks and decided to close till I came back. When I returned she told me she was renting the space out to a dental supply company. It was used for commercial purposes till finally being torn down – probably in the 80’s. It was very plain, and resembled many other small LA nabs.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 14, 2008 at 6:16 am

Listed in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory as the University Theatre.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Advertised as the Realart Theater in a 1923 Paramount ad, so that should be another AKA.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 11, 2011 at 1:35 am

The November 22, 1913, issue of Moving Picture World featured an article about the University Theatre (scroll down just a bit) with a small photo of the original facade. J.O. Canfield and C.J. Wagner were the operators of the house.

The theater’s mirror screen, the first of its kind in Los Angeles, was 12x16 feet. The programs consisted entirely of movies and music, the stage being only six feet deep. The 48x104-foot auditorium originally seated about 600. The University Theatre was open only in the evenings, except for one Saturday a month when free shows were presented for children.

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