Liberty Theatre

136 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Liberty Theatre

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The Novelty Theatre was listed in the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with 350 seats. It was located at 136 S. Main Street.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 21, 2007 at 10:35 pm

This is a new posting by the LAPL. It’s an undated photo that gives the address as 134 S. Main:
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics38/00068912.jpg

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 22, 2007 at 12:04 am

Looks like 134 was the address of the flop house next door where you could hire a bed for fifteen cents. Doing a search of the library’s photo collection using “Novelty Theatre” I found another smaller, cropped and blurry) version of the same picture, and its info page gives a date of 1938 and an address of 136 S. Main. I don’t know why the library has two different versions of the same picture.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 25, 2007 at 11:44 pm

I found a 1905 ad for the Novelty Theater at 523 S. Main. I posted a comment on the Gaiety page.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 4, 2007 at 3:34 am

The LA Times noted in 1948 that Mexican films were being shown at the Liberty, California and Mason theaters.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 7:51 am

Here is another photo, probably around the same time as the first one I posted:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater3/00015860.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 24, 2007 at 12:09 am

What kind of films was the Liberty showing in April 1942? Not Disney, apparently. The ad is from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/3xubse

reluctantpopstar
reluctantpopstar on February 13, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Based on all the evidence provided above, it looks like the 136 S. Main location was not The Liberty until around 1942, when it was showing porno, or whatever the 1940’s equivalent to porno was.
Who knows how long it lasted after that? As late as 1938 it was oeprating as the Novelty, showing 5 movies plus a serial for a nickel.
It seems like the 262 S. Main location was the Liberty much earlier, around 1910, lasting until..??? This was the theater with the elegant arch shown in the postcard.
Wish I could have gone to the Novelty, with its cheap-ass appearance and program of cheesy B-westerns. Looks like it was a lot of fun. Before my time. Even my Dad was only 7 years old at this time.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 19, 2009 at 2:12 am

In 1942 the Chinese was at 136 S. Main, according to the city directory of that year.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 19, 2009 at 2:14 am

The same directory also lists the Novelty at 136 S. Main in 1942.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on July 6, 2010 at 3:53 am

All new buildings up and down the block now.

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