Normandie Theatre

4811 S. Normandie Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90037

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The Normandie Theatre was one of many neighborhood theatres that lined the streets of Los Angeles.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 3:39 pm

I will try to cruise by there the next time I’m coming back from downtown. At least I get off the 110, plus I get to wave at all the prostitutes.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 3:39 pm

The Dixie is alive and well at 6520. I took pictures of it yesterday.

vokoban
vokoban on June 23, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Well, I guess if its a church it is alive but maybe not well. I’ve seen too many churches that get a hold of a theater and paint everything white….even gold leaf.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 3:59 pm

It actually looks pretty good. The marquee has held up well.

vokoban
vokoban on June 23, 2007 at 4:13 pm

I’m going to make reservations at the United Artists and act like I feel the ‘word’ just to get a peek at it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 2, 2007 at 9:38 am

The Normandie was advertised at 4817 S. per the LA Times in 1925. I believe that should be the proper address. I may get a chance to go by there tomorrow.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 10, 2007 at 1:18 pm

There is a small store at 4817 with a house behind it. 4811 is an apartment building. I would say the theater is long gone.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2009 at 11:39 pm

The Normandie Theatre was listed at 4811 S. Normandie in the 1956 City Directory. I’m sure that’s the correct address. The Academy Theatre, its aka, is listed at 4811 S. Normandie in the 1915 City Directory.

The building listed at 4811 by L.A. County Assessor has “0000” for the year it was built, and has an effective year built of 1963. It looks as though some part of an earlier structure might have survived a 1963 rebuilding, but the Assessor’s office has lost track of the original construction date.

Live Search bird’s eye view shows what looks like an apartment house on the lot at 4811 today, and Google Maps street view shows that the building has an address of 4807. The 1963 development must have incorporated one or more lots to the north of the theater’s site. There’s a small, shed-like building at the back that might be older than the apartment building, but it doesn’t look like it was ever part of a theater. The Normandie must have been demolished in 1963 or earlier.

I’m not sure why the Normandie was listed at 4817 in those mid-twenties ads. Some sort of address promiscuity, I guess. The building at 4817 today is a house dating from 1911, with a 1953 commercial addition at the front, according to the assessor’s office (and confirmed by Google satellite view.) That could never have been the theater.

In any case, as the Academy was already operating at 4811 Normandie in 1915, and the Normandie was still operating in 1956, the place had a long run. It’s too bad the building is gone. I’d like to have seen it. Maybe a photo will turn up someday.

ChuckKelley
ChuckKelley on September 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

This blog has a picture of the Normandie Theatre
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Thanks for the photo link. That was a nice Art Moderne front. It had probably been recently remodeled when the photo was taken.

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