Variety Theatre

5253 W. Adams Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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The former Variety Theatre now houses a nightclub.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 10, 2007 at 10:32 pm

I was in front today. No way to get inside, though. I took some pictures.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm

The L.A. County assessor’s office gives the building at this address a construction date of 1934, with an effective construction date of 1948.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm

If the style is not Art Deco, it’s Art something. I’m not too clear on the differences. It would fit the 1934 build date.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 19, 2008 at 10:50 pm

According to the club website, they are open. An event is scheduled today, as a matter of fact.

Clarkus
Clarkus on December 8, 2008 at 12:17 am

The Fais-Do-Do website gallery has one black and white photo that shows what may be the remains of the proscenium from the original Variety Theater in the background.

Rongee
Rongee on May 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I grew up a few blocks from the theatre and remember it being built. It replaced a market called blue jay I think. The building on the corner which is a club was a bank called Citizens National Trust and Savings Association. We banked there and attended the variety on Sat. Matinee. There was a candy store next door, On Sat you paid 10 cents and got a candy bar or popcorn or an ice cream cone in adittion to the double feature cartoon and serial.

Rongee
Rongee on May 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

There were also two other theatres in the vicinity that are not listed in the archives.
One was called the Riviera and was located on the south side of adams about two blocks past La Brea. It was built before the variety.It later changed it’s name to Fremont.
On or near tge corner of Adams and Crenshaw was a large more upscale theatre called Bards. I understand it was built by the Bards brothers. They had ushers in uniform.(north side of street}
Anyone familiar with La Cienega elementary school on Adams between Orange and Sycamore?

Sukonick
Sukonick on August 21, 2013 at 3:48 am

Anyone have a clue on how to get an original picture of this theatre? I am going to rebuild it and want to keep the marquee close to original. I have done a huge amount of work on it already.

meheuck
meheuck on August 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

It’s confusing – the marquee advertises the acts for Fais-Do-Do, which is the building on the corner, but to the best of my knowledge, no actual club activity goes on in the space where the marquee stands. Perhaps both are owned by the same party, and the actual theatre space is used for private storage or office space?

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