Park Theatre

5825 N. Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm

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.

kencmcintyre on October 26, 2008 at 3:05 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.

kencmcintyre on March 23, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Here is the current occupant of 5825 N. Figueroa:

KimF on August 27, 2007 at 3:45 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.”

KimF on August 27, 2007 at 9:58 am

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 on August 26, 2007 at 7:07 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

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 7:22 pm

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

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 7:17 pm

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

n6yvy on September 11, 2005 at 2:09 pm

The Safeway was on ave 55 and Figueroa st in what is now Pep Boys.
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 25, 2005 at 4:58 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.

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[Deleted] on August 25, 2005 at 2:16 pm

Talking about the Park with my husband who also grew up in the area, I mentioned that the Park was near the old Safeway and Ivers. Who remembers? Wasn’t it a Safeway or was it a Boy’s Mkt? Diana Ellis

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 11, 2005 at 12:52 pm

The Alvarado Theatre was the original name for the Park Theatre located at 710 South Alvarado Street.

RobertR on June 12, 2005 at 7:20 am

I have an ad from 1973 showing another Park Theatre on 710 South Alvarado?

MRY886 on May 31, 2005 at 11:50 pm

Peoples Department Store burned around 1990. It was an arson fire that has been attributed to former Glendale fire captain John Orr, who is now on California’s death row for another fire that killed two people. Orr was a pyro and the Peoples fire started shortly after an interagency fire inspection of the building, in which he participated. The building was rebuilt, but only part of the outside wall of what was the Park Theater has survived. Essentially, it’s gone. So is Peoples. They were offered a sweetheart deal by 99 Cent Only and closed. The 99 Cent store later took over the Ralphs in nearby Garvanza and subleased the store to another cheap retailer. Peoples was the last of a wonderful grouping of small independent department stores that used to make up the Highland Park business district. My understanding is that the Park Theater closed around 1963.

renee on March 22, 2004 at 2:57 pm

I grew up in Highland Park and do remember this small theater. It was located in now what used to be an annex of People’s Dept. store, in the area that sold cards and ladies fragrances. The Highland Theater also brings back many good memories-after the movies, we’d either go to Fosselmans Ice Cream Parlor or across the street to the Italian Pizza Restaurant(across the alley from Mr. T’s), walk home very late at night and never had to worry about gangs—-Sorry times
changed and went bad for Highland Park—-It was like Mayberry growing up. reneei44