Park Theatre

5825 N. Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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The Park Theatre was one of a few theatres that once lined North Figueroa Street in Highland Park area of Los Angeles.

Along with the Franklin Theatre and the Highland 3 Theatre, this made up the movie entertainment in the area. Today only the Highland 3 Theatre still shows movies.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 25, 2005 at 7:58 pm

The Park was gone by the time I became familiar with Highland Park, but Ivers' was still there in the mid-1980s.

If you go to the California Index at the L.A. Public Library’s web site, and search for theatre, Highland, and Park (one word in each of the three search boxes), you will get among the results a link to a PDF file which contains a scanned version of a Highland Park News-Herald article about the Park, published May 19th, 1963 within a week after the theatre’s closure. There is a picture of the theatre’s marquee, lettered to announce the remodeling of the building to become part of People’s Department Store.

The article gives the opening date as May 29th, 1936. The first program was a double feature of “These Three” and “The Return of Jimmy Valentine.” One of the stars of “We Three” was Joel McCrae, who had as a child lived in Highland Park, across Figuroa Street from Sycamore Grove Park.

Diana Ellis: The article also mentions that, in 1936, the Boy’s Market was located at at Avenue 55 and Monte Vista Street.

n6yvy
n6yvy on September 11, 2005 at 5:09 pm

The Safeway was on ave 55 and Figueroa st in what is now Pep Boys.
Bob Bailey

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 10:17 pm

LA Times advertises the Park Theater at 710 S. Broadway in 1981. Can someone give me the AKA for this? Thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 10:22 pm

I think this was a typo – there was a Park at 710 S. Alvarado at that time. Please disregard.

KimF
KimF on August 26, 2007 at 10:07 pm

Hey Lost Memory… I’m hoping you can help me out with another theater from the LA / suburbs area. I thought it was called the Park Theater, but it might have been another “P”… In the mid-‘60s, this one was located next door to a Sav-On or Thrifty Drug Store. I remember my brother and I used to stop in there before the movies to buy six packages of candy for just $.25… such a deal! Sound familiar to you? Thanks much! – Kim

KimF
KimF on August 27, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Update… My mom was able to pinpoint the Park Theater I was looking for… It was at Crenshaw and Compton Blvd. (now Marine Ave.) The Savon was at 149th.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like anyone has created a listing for it here, and my memory wouldn’t be much help for that.

KimF
KimF on August 27, 2007 at 6:45 pm

Sure sounds like it, Lost Memory… Thanks!! Hard to believe it’s one that’s still standing after all these years. Very cool! I know we went to the Park a few times, but the only movie I definitely remember seeing there is “Farenheit 451.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 24, 2008 at 12:12 am

Here is the current occupant of 5825 N. Figueroa:
http://tinyurl.com/36zegm

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 26, 2008 at 6:05 pm

The LA Times reported a fire at the Park on March 7, 1946. Manager Nat Gold estimated the damage at more than $3,000.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 10, 2009 at 1:15 am

The May 29, 1937, issue of Boxoffice mentioned that Dave Cantor had built the Park Theatre in Highland Park the previous year. In 1937, Cantor was buying the Canoga Theatre from its original owner, Nate Scheinberg.

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