Warner Beverly Hills Theatre

9404 Wilshire Boulevard,
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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Warner Beverly Hills in 1974

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Designed B. Marcus Priteca in the early-1930’s, the Warner Beverley Hills Theatre was a medium sized theatre, designed after its sisters in Huntington Park and San Pedro. This theatre, like the other two other theatres, the Hollywood Pantages Theatre and the Warner Wiltern Theatre, are outstanding examples of what Art Deco style can be. The Warner Beverley Hills Theatre was opened May 19, 1931 with George Arliss in “The Millionaire”

With changing times and audiences & neighborhoods, the large Beverly Hills theatres would soon become parking lots, banks, and office buildings. The only theatre in the area to be saved to be saved was the Wilshire Theatre.

A few years ago when the restored “Lawrence of Arabia” was having its special reissue premiere in Los Angeles, the Warner Theatre was being torn down. Ironically, the Warner Theatre was the site of the original LA premiere for the film.

Contributed by William Gabel

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BRADE48
BRADE48 on June 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm

What was the Beverly Hills theatre on Wilshire Blvd Pacific operated during the 1970’s? I used to go to it when my Mom worked at Robinson’s Beverly Hills. They had first run showings and often played films the same time as Westwood.

Lee
Lee on June 18, 2011 at 12:04 am

During the early 70’s it usually had exclusive engagements (Mary, Queen of Scots, Travels with My Aunt, Amarcord)or exclusive reissues (The Sound of Music and Gone with the Wind). Westwood and Hollywood would share first runs, not Beverly Hills.

BobSe
BobSe on November 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

@William: The Paramount Hollywood was also equipped with Sidewinders for VistaVision (per Morry Lauterman, who ran the theater at the time).

William
William on November 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm

BobSe, So those were the only two in Los Angeles.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Stanley Warner Theatre circa 1963. “Lawrence of Arabia” on the marquee.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Moviemanforever, “1996?” It was demolished 1988.

hillsmanwright
hillsmanwright on October 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

William, would you consider allowing the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation www.lahtf.org to use a few of your photos of the Beverly demolition. Our group was a player in the fight to preserve the theatre. The photos would be used on our site, brochure and we’d like to post them on our Facebook site. You can find me at

raysson
raysson on October 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA had its Exclusive West Coast Premiere at the Warner Theatre on December 16,1962. It was the Reserved Seat Engagement shown in 70MM and 6 Channel Stereophonic Sound.

judarts
judarts on October 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Was a cool retro theater.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

This opened on May 19th, 1931. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this cinema.

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