La Reina Theatre
14626 Ventura Boulevard,
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Designed by S. Charles Lee in 1937 for the Fox theater chain, the Le Reina Theatre was one of the nicer medium-sized movie houses in Los Angeles. Later, it was purchased by the Mann Theaters chain, who continued to show first run movies at theater until the mid-1980’s.
At that time, Mann Theaters sold the theater to developers who wanted to use the theater’s lot for a new shopping mall. Such stories usually end sadly, but as a slight concession to preservationists, the developers were forced to save the theater’s facade, although the auditorium was demolished.
After the 1995 Northridge earthquake, the vertical tower was damaged and had to be removed, and today all that remains is the marquee, the ticket booth, terrazzo sidwalk floor, and the facade of the building.
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