Warrens Theatre

401 W. Seventh Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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DavidT
DavidT on December 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Yes indeed, that is the interior of the Warner Brothers Downtown theater in the opening scenes on 1968’s “Funny Girl”. While Barbra Streisand is sitting alone in an orchestra seat, shots are taken from the stage looking out and from an upper balcony looking down. Also, in the 1933 film “Lady Killer”, James Cagney briefly plays a Warner Bros theater usher. There is a short sequence shot on the roof of the Warner Brothers Downtown theater (usher inspection). Also a quick view of the marquee – even though it says “Strand” -it is clearly the Warner Brothers Downtown in all its blazing glory

William
William on May 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

You can see the former theatre’s marquee in a current Fios / Verizon commercial. It’s the one with people caught in traffic in large type phones and a faster drives by.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on November 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

(Associated Press, August 10, 1929)
Alexander Pantages Involved with 16 Year-Old Dancer at Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, Cal., Aug. 10.â€"
(AP)â€"Alexander Pantages, millionaire theatre magnate, today was charged with two offenses against a 16-year-old dancer, Eunice Prince, in a complaint issued by District Attorney Buron Fitts. Pantages' attorneys immediately announced they would
institute habeas corpus proceedings.

Los Angeles, Cal., Aug. 10. â€" (AP) â€" Alexander Pantages, millionaire vaudeville theatre operator, was in the city jail today, charged with suspicion of committing a statutory offense against Eunice Pringle, 16-year-old dancer and daughter of a
Los Angeles physician.
Miss Pringle, who graduated from high school last year, the youngest in her class, and entered the University of Southern California, was placed in the custody o£ juvenile authorities after she had told the police that Pantages had attacked her.
Pantages was taken into custody yesterday when the girl ran out of his office screaming, her clothes disarranged.
One witness to the occurrence said Miss Pringle fell fainting out of the theatre magnate’s office. Other witnesses declared the clothing of both Pantages and the girl
was torn and disarranged. Several persons reported hearing the girl’s screams emanating from Pantages' office.

Denies Girl’s Charges.

The theatre magnate denied the girl’s charges and hinted that it was a “frameup.” He told police he had booked Miss Pringle two weeks ago for a dancing act, but that she
had proved a failure. He said she had frequented his office for two days, begging for another chance.
Pantages declared Miss Pringle asked him for an interview yesterday afternoon. After a preliminary conversation he said, she leaned close to him and said, “I’ll make you
take my act.” Pantages asserted the girl then pushed him into another room and ran down the hall.
Fred Weise, who was in the hall, told officers he heard the girl screaming and saw Miss Pringle emerge from Pantages' office with the theatre magnate chasing her. Weise
said the clothing of both Pantages and Miss Pringle was in disarray.

Got $15,000,000 Recently.

Chief of Detectives A. E. Taylor said Pantages told him that Miss Pringle, realizing she was not to be re-employed, forcibly removed his coat and then tried to tear the remainder of his clothing into a state of disarray.
District Attorney Buron Fitts said a formal complaint would be issued today, pending which the wealthy theatre operator was to be held in jail. Pantages recently sold six of his theatres to the Radio-Keith-Orpheum circuit for a reputed price of $12,000,000. This week he sold two others to a Hollywood corporation for $3,000,000. Pantages' wife, Mrs. Lois Pantages, is scheduled to go on trial here Sept. 2, on charges of second degree murder, resulting from the death of Joe Rokumoto, a Japanese, following the collision of their automobiles.

drb
drb on July 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Another old postcard:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 11, 2010 at 12:56 am

Was it a smoggy day,LOL KENMC.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 12:23 am

At the Chinese and LOEWS STATE ,The Wizard of Oz.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 20, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Here is an August 1939 ad. Also note the preview for Wizard of Oz at the Chinese:
http://tinyurl.com/noq68s

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Here is a May 1939 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/lpvvfq

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 23, 2009 at 12:57 am

Here is a photo taken this morning:
http://tinyurl.com/nuw25t

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 11:05 pm

This 1952 photo shows the Warner Brothers logo on the marquee. Not sure if I’ve seen that before.
http://tinyurl.com/danolg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Here is a photo, maybe early 1960s, from USC:
http://tinyurl.com/c4gfq2

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Here is a 1939 photo from the USC archive:
http://tinyurl.com/cb7dww

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 22, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Here is part of a 4/10/54 story in the LA Times:

FORMER DOORMAN ARRESTED AFTER THEATER HOLD-UP

George Rae, 38, was held in City Jail yesterday on a charge that he robbed the Warners Downtown Theater, where he once was employed as s doorman. He was surprised by police as he tried to flee with approximately $60 in cash.

Rae was caught walking out of the theater shortly after he pointed a gun at Lou Schirmeister, 45, theater manager, and demanded some money. Schirmeister noticed the man loitering in the lobby and tipped off an usher to notify police.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 5, 2008 at 5:11 am

Here is a January 1928 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/3kkdu3

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 30, 2008 at 1:40 am

Here is a 1942 photo from the Library of Congress:
http://tinyurl.com/5rvszy

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 20, 2008 at 3:59 am

I asked the guards last summer if I could take pictures. No go.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 20, 2008 at 3:56 am

But he’s obviously an international jewel thief casing the joint.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 20, 2008 at 3:41 am

I was in there a few weeks ago. I was tempted to take out my camera, snap a bunch of pictures and then make a run for it. Too many guards around, though.

nickb
nickb on April 20, 2008 at 3:31 am

Two USC photos of the theatre’s late-Pantages years, including a better scan of the dog movie:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 18, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Here is a new addition from the LAPL. The view is looking east on 7th Street:
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics45/00072150.jpg

spikewriter
spikewriter on September 2, 2007 at 6:49 am

Just received my DVDs of “Heroes” and have started going through the episodes (I missed a number of them when they were broadcast).

The Warner Downtown makes an appearance in the pilot as the building Peter Petrelli dives off in his dreams and at the end of the episode in his attempt to fly. You can clearly see the vertical “Diamonds” sign on the corner of the building in several shots.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 7, 2007 at 1:24 am

This photo is dated 1975, which is about the time the theater was being used by the church. Hard to tell from the marquee, though:
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