Westlake Theatre

638 S. Alvarado Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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rivest266 on August 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

September 22nd, 1926 grand opening ad in photo section.

MJuggler on January 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Currently the swap meet is no longer there, BUT no work is being done either. Wonder what is up?

Trolleyguy on December 31, 2011 at 8:08 am

The rooftop scaffold sign was prominently featured in a recent episode of “America’s Most Wanted.”

DonSolosan on April 1, 2011 at 7:47 am

I went by the other day and didn’t see any scaffolding. A building next door had scaffolding, but not the Westlake.

DonSolosan on February 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

They’re going to turn the Westlake back into a theater (live theater, performing arts type place). In general, they’ve spent a lot of energy cleaning up the park. The area is not as bad as it used to be. It’s all part of a plan to revitalize that neighborhood.

coweyhere on November 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

A photo of the scaffold sign marquee from October 2009:

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TLSLOEWS on October 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

What a great marquee and rooftop sign.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for ALL the great pictures.Didn’t see any smog.

DonSolosan on August 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

The Park Plaza started life in 1923/24 as an Elks Lodge, according to the “Los Angeles Art Deco” book from Arcadia Publishing.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

Thanks, Vokoban. I guess I got there when the guard was off-duty. While using the men’s room on the ground floor, I got into a panic thinking I was somehow going to get locked in the building. Then I’d miss the screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey” at the Cinerama Dome that night (the reason for my trip to LA).

It’s off-topic for CT, but here are some pictures I took inside:

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The clock had stopped over the main desk, which just added to the overall Twilight Zone vibe:
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And just to put me back on-topic, one more shot of the Westlake sign:
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vokoban on August 14, 2010 at 9:36 am

Bill, The doors are usually open during the day but there is also usually a guard. Sometimes they will let you roam all over the building and sometimes just the ground floor. There is something really spooky about that building if you’re alone. It’s beautiful inside and has been in tons of movies. There is a huge swimming pool in the basement that they used for those alien egg things in the movie Cocoon. I think the doors are open because people rent it out for weddings and events. As far as I know, it has never been a hotel. I never understood why they changed the name sometime in the 90’s, I think.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

I took this picture in January 2008. I was in the neighborhood because my favorite Sidney Poitier film, “A Patch of Blue”, shot many of its scenes in MacArthur Park and the surrounding area.

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Anybody know what’s the deal with the Park Plaza Hotel on the other side of the park? The doors were unlocked, the place was in beautiful condition, but it was completely deserted. There was not another soul in the building the whole time I was there (about 30 minutes). I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.

DonSolosan on February 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm

From CRALA.org: the Westlake Theater has been designated in the National Registry of Historic Places. Negotiations to rehabilitate the place are still underway. They have an artistic representation of what the development might look like, and it’s an improvement over that “theater with a fungus growing on it” picture previously released.

kencmcintyre on November 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Here are some photos taken today, after lunch at Langer’s:

socal09 on November 1, 2009 at 12:05 am

There are more important theatres in LA to save than this one. Bad neighborhood of mostly poor new immigrants. It will probably remain retail for quite some time. The condition of the interior is quite poor.

vokoban on July 26, 2009 at 9:59 am

Nice photos…..they really show that there is something here to save.

vokoban on July 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm

That’s alright. I just hope it doesn’t get demolished.

kencmcintyre on July 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Not surprising. Looks like it will be a swap meet for a while.

vokoban on July 22, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Uh oh….this looks bad:

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Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:19 am

Great photos ken mc. I had wanted to stop inside that theater when driving by a few times, but just never had the time to stop. It’s such a diamond in the rough, and almost waiting to be restored.
It reminds me a bit of a theater in Richmond Hill, NY, the RKO Keiths Richmond Hill Theater…used as a flea market/Bingo hall. When I first went into that theater in the early 80’s, it still had all it’s original gold leaf paint and colorful ceiling, etc. It’s since been repainted with plain beige paint, but still seems like a diamond in the rough like this one.