Hollywood Theatre

6764 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Hollywood Theatre

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The former Hollywood Theatre was opened on December 20, 1913 as a silent movie palace in the rapidly emerging Hollywood Theater district. It was designed in a Romanesque style, by architects Kremple & Erkes. The facade had glazed brick. The lobby was in marble tile and the auditorium was decorated with Corinthian columns and a coffered ceiling. In September 1923, a Wurlitzer organ, Opus 697 was installed.

The Hollywood Theatre was first remodeled in 1927. In 1938, Claud Beelman and Clifford A. Balch designed a new Art Deco & Moderne style interior, and the neon marquee we see today was added, designed by S. Charles Lee. It was one of the first to be installed with angled side panels to catch the eyes of passing motorists.

After decades of showing movies, the seedy, dilapidated state of Hollywood Boulevard doomed the theater and it was closed by Mann’s Theatres in 1992. It was converted in the mid-1990’s into a venue for the Guinness Book of World Records.

The marquee was always the best element of the theater, and it has been saved and integrated into the building’s current facade.

Fox West Coast Theatres, which ran the Hollywood for many years as a second run move-over house for the Chinese Theatre down the street, used the same design when it built the Granada Theatre in Wilmington, CA.

Contributed by William Gabel, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 91 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

If you liked that one take a look at the one posted on 4/1/08.

DonSolosan on March 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm

No trees to get in the way of the view.

William on March 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm

In ken mc’s post for Mar. 22 2010, you can see the vertical signs for Pix, Iris, Egyptian (playing Mutiny on the Bounty opened Nov. 16, 1962), Hollywood and Warner and Pantages Theatres in the shot.

LarryDickman on January 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

For horror/sci-fi fans in the early-‘70s, the Hollywood was a place to catch some great titles: “Dr. Phibes Rises Again” and “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb,” “Twilight People” and “The Doberman Gang,” and “Dracula A.D. 1972” and “Crescendo” were among the memorable double-features I managed to get to. And it was at the Hollywood that I caught perhaps the greatest triple-bill a 13-year-old could wish for: Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” plus Hammer’s “Horror of Dracula” and “Curse of the Werewolf”! Now, that’s entertainment. (Unforgettable detail: in the one-sheet case out front they had an original poster for the Universal-International double-bill of “Horror” and “Curse of FRANKENSTEIN,” but for this engagement somone, via crayon or paint, actually changed Frankenstein’s monster into a werewolf!) The cost of this day of dark fantasy? A whopping sixty-five cents. Indeed, times have changed…

TLSLOEWS on January 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

You said it LarryD.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

A HAMMER FILMS theatre,if i ever heard of one only in the super big cities.

William on January 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

During that time National General booked that type of films into that house. Over the years each theatre on the Hollywood Blvd. got booked with special type of film that pulled in the money.

William Dakota
William Dakota on September 18, 2011 at 1:14 am

I worked there in 1957 and 1960. Bill Quann was the day manager and Victor Bugliosi was the night manager. Kathy McRae was the cashier. It was open all night with a First run and with a B title. Celebrities came late after the Night Spots on the strip closed. There was no air-conditioning. We had to go up on the roof and open the vents to let the cool night air come in. I liked working nights rather than days. More activity on Hollywood Boulevard. Rocky changed the marquee there and a few other theaters. It was a split owner with the Fox Theater chain. I forget the assistant manager. I named him on another Cinema Treasurers blog for the same theater.

GLOCKJOCK on March 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Dave James, the manager of the Hollywood Theatre during the 70’s is second from the right in the above photo. I worked a couple of matinees at the Hollywood while I was working the evening showing of Fiddler on The Roof at the Fox Wilshire. Talk about a study in opposites. Working the Hollywood at any time of the day was anything but dull.

Anyone out there remember John Stark, Donna Perrot or Sandy Binkley? John was kind of a dork, but I’ve remained good friends with Donna and Sandy over the years. Sadly, Dave James committed suicide in the eighties.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2016 at 6:14 am

Architect Beelman spelled his first name in the English style, without an “e” on the end: Claud.

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