Maynard Theatre

2488 W. Washington Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90018

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2018 at 7:34 am

The letting of the general contract for the house that would open as the United Arlington Theatre was announced in the May 31, 1913 issue of Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer. Frank L. Stiff was the architect for the $15,000 project.

matt54 on June 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

What is the name of the theatre under whose marquee canopy raybradley’s second photo of the Maynard is taken from?

vokoban on July 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

The theater must have been called The Gem after the 1929 article posted above. This is from March 26, 1930 in the LA Times:

Six Drug Stores, Theater and Oil Station Declared to Have Been Held Up
Robbery of six drug stores, one theater and one oil station was confessed yesterday by Milton Wilkinson, 25 years of age, and Bert Slight, 21, both of 653-A Brooks avenue, Venice, according to Detective Lieutenants Heintelzman and Board.
The men were arrested on the 21st inst. by Officers Schmidt and Dorsey when they recognized the license number of the pair’s automobile as that reported by Joe Shea as having been on the car of two bandits who held him up in his drug store at 5851 West Boulevard on the 14th inst.
Identified by Shea, according to the detectives, the youths readily confessed and implicated themselves voluntarily in the other robberies. The theater hold-up was that of H.H. Hicks in the Gem Theater at 2488 West Washington Boulevard on the 16th inst.

raybradley on July 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Other clear views of the Maynard. A nice looking cinema!
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Can anyone provide info on the KTLA Studio Theatre?
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raybradley on July 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm

This LIFE shot show that the Maynard was closed in 1951,
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kencmcintyre on November 4, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Here is a classified ad from the LA Times dated June 5, 1929


Will sell ½ interest in beautiful 600 seat house to honest, reliable person for $1,500 cash. Call at theater 7 to 9 pm 2488 W. Washington St.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 6, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I don’t know if this was the final closure of the Maynard Theatre or not, but Boxoffice magazine’s issue of May 6, 1950, carried a brief item saying that Harry Vinnicof had shuttered the Maynard Theatre due to poor business conditions.

kencmcintyre on March 23, 2008 at 10:01 pm

There’s some kind of car business on that corner now. The other corner is a Chevron station. Certainly no resemblance to Joe’s photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 26, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Here is a photograph of Washington Boulevard at Arlington in the early 1920s. I’d say it’s safe to surmise that the “United” blade sign in the fancy-fronted building at center belonged to the United Arlington Theatre, later to become the Maynard Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 24, 2007 at 9:40 pm

It appears that, before it moved to the location down the street at 2517 W. Washington, the Arlington Theatre was located in this building. Items in Southwest Builder and Contractor in 1920 give 2488 W. Washington as the address of the Arlington Theatre, as does the Los Angeles Times in 1925 (when it was called the United Arlington Theatre, according to a comment of June 3, 2007, by ken mc on Cinema Treasures' Arlington Theatre page.) The date when the Arlington operation moved to the new location is not yet known.

William on December 9, 2003 at 5:56 pm

When the Maynard Theatre opened it was known as the Gem Theatre.

gbachlund on November 28, 2003 at 12:18 pm

This house was a neighbor of the somewhat more upscale Arlington Theatre. As a child I loved to attend the Western matinees there.

Once, in my early 20s, I went to the Maynard to see a retrospective film not showing elsewhere in the city, and I visited the booth out of curiosity and struck up a conversation with the projectionist. Like many older houses in LA, the floor, walls and ceiling were metal-clad, but the booth was remarkably quiet considering.