Vine Theatre

6321 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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MichaelDequina on November 18, 2018 at 8:56 pm

This theatre is open, just not to the public. Dolby owns it, and it was first prototype for Dolby Cinema auditoriums that you now can see popping up in AMC Theatres. It’s since been maintained as a private screening room that they open up for rentals for private screenings, events, and filmmakers who use it to see how their films play in Dolby Cinema. I’ve been here a few times for some media screenings. (In fact, a press screening for the 25th anniversary of SCHINDLER’S LIST was held here this past Thursday, November 15.) It’s kind of smart of them to let it be incognito from the street traffic viewpoint since it’s now a private venue.

CStefanic on May 3, 2018 at 7:57 am

I ask again – whoever posted the venue’s status as “open” please back this up with evidence. I NEVER see this theatre open – and I am on the blvd a lot.

rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm

October 11th, 1968 grand opening ad in photo section.

terrywade on January 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

I think Dolby has put in a demo of their new Dolby Cinema Vision® Theatre inside the old Vine Theatre. How long the demo will last for theatre owners to check out is hard to find out. Maybe It will show movies again, B movies for the tourist crowd.

CTCrouch on October 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm

They had the entryway open for a work crew today. You could see straight through to the back wall of the building (i.e. they’ve gutted the interior down to studs/bare concrete) and there was the unmistakable sound of a jack-hammer running. Considering the scope of work underway, I would speculate they are re-purposing the space.

troniks on October 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

I walked by today and saw that it’s been boarded up with major construction going on inside. Anyone know what’s going on?

CStefanic on May 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

I saw the doors open a week or so ago. I walked up to the doorman and asked what was going on, and he told me renovating. So maybe the signs are down because it will be re-opening soon.

CTCrouch on December 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

The Vine has taken down it’s marquee advertising (rental information), removed the assorted notes that were posted in the box office, and stopped hanging posters in the entryway cases. While I haven’t noticed anything in the media, this would seem to suggest the theatre has fallen dormant once again.

robert_fiendly1 on March 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I’ve seen this theatre in movies from the sixties, when it was known as “Rectors Admiral”

arriano on September 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

here’s a link with a photo of the facade when it was The Admiral. Dig the See’s Candy store!

William on September 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

The theatre still has the same owner. And still thinks he can get top dollar on the place.

turnkey on September 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Does anyone have any idea on what their rental rates are like. I spoke to some old guy answering the phone years ago and it was a joke. Hopefully he’s not there anymore.

Marcel on June 30, 2011 at 7:15 am

Looking nice in this photo! I watched second run double features here in the 90’s. The place was in bad shape then.

dtrigubetz on June 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I was suffering from a viral infection, but dragged myself to the Vine around 6:30 on 6/25. Wow, the seats are the worst(easily tops the gravity defying seats at the Beverly Cinema in the 80s-90s). No wonder Lazerium closed-you can’t have a tourist attraction with worn bedspring like seats. Some dim bulb decided to put slip covers over every seat(they now slip down to the floor); the seats are not torn and the covers do not add any comfort!

I liked the goth lady outside with a bullhorn trying to entice pedestrians to come in. A single movie was only $5 and the whole day with in-and-out privileges $10. Sadly, only about 65-70 were in attendance. The highlight was a panel discussion including horror meister Willam Lustig, who came in from New York. He was presented with an award in the form of a real looking machete. He joked “How do I get this past airport security!”

Fascinating item: According to Google, 56 year old Jewish Lustig ia a nephew of 89-year old Italian boxer Jake LaMotta(I would imagine through a marriage). Both are Bronx natives.

socal09 on June 7, 2011 at 9:00 am

This theatre shouldn’t be listed as closed. It still shows movies occasionally. It’s a dump but at least it’s still surviving and hasn’t become a retail store or nightclub yet.

dtrigubetz on May 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I have never been in the Vine so I will be attending the Slaughter Cinema festival on 6/25. Not a fan of these types of movies but I did see the last Saw movie at the Majestic Crest.

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Eric Evans on March 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

Here’s a night view of the Vine from 1992
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AdrianM on July 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

William, thank you so much. Sorry for the confusion.

William on July 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Hi Adrian M your post should go under the Ricado Montalban Theater listing on this site. This Vine Theatre opened in 1937 as the Admiral Theatre. On the second program picture it says located between Sunset and Hollywood Blvd..


AdrianM on July 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Hi all, our grandmother (97 y/o) grew up in the area and says the theater was called “Vine Street Theater” in 1929. Her father-in-law producer George Sherwood used to produce plays there. Earliest record we have with the “Vine Street Theater” name is 1929. I scanned a program cover, and specific page which shows 1929 (and George Sherwood name as well):

We have a few of these programs in our possession.

HowardBHaas on June 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

That marquee looks nice! I hope they are succeeding with renting it out often.

Scottoro on May 25, 2010 at 12:18 am

PS — to be clear about the post above, the theatre on Sunset near Bronson had clearly been closed for years.

Scottoro on May 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I lived on Bronson Ave in Hollywood when I first moved to LA in 1977. At that time, there was an old movie theatre near the northwest corner of Bronson on Sunset. They often put movie ads on the side of the building looking east towards Bronson. I particularly remember an enormous Exorcist 2 The Heretic ad. At one point it was used as some sort of studio space, then was torn down, perhaps in the early 80s. Anyone have any idea what it was? It appeared to be at least as big as the World.