La Reina Theatre
14626 Ventura Boulevard,
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Designed by S. Charles Lee in 1937 for the Fox theatre chain, the Le Reina Theatre was one of the nicer medium-sized movie houses in Los Angeles. Later, it was purchased by the Mann Theatres chain, who continued to show first run movies at the theatre until the mid-1980’s.
At that time, Mann Theatres sold the theatre to developers who wanted to use the theatre’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 theatre’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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