Warner Beverly Hills Theater

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 theater, designed after its sisters in Huntington Park and San Pedro. This theater, 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.

With changing times and audiences & neighborhoods, the large Beverly Hills theaters would soon become parking lots, banks, and office buildings. The only theater 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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William on January 20, 2011 at 12:18 am

Only two or three had the horizontal VistaVision projectors. The Warner Beverly Hills, Radio City Music Hall and Paramount Times Square. Radio City’s were there only for White Christmas engagement.
White Christmas and Strategic Air Command were both projected horizontally, but the other VistaVision films were projected the standard vertical way.

BRADE48 on June 9, 2011 at 12:04 am

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 on June 18, 2011 at 5:04 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 on November 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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

William on November 25, 2011 at 12:33 am

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

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

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

HowardBHaas on May 13, 2012 at 2:54 am

Moviemanforever, “1996?” It was demolished 1988.

hillsmanwright on October 10, 2012 at 5:09 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 on October 11, 2012 at 7:49 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 on October 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Was a cool retro theater.

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