Variety Theatre

5253 W. Adams Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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The Variety Theatre was opened in 1939. The former Variety Theatre now houses a nightclub.

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Rongee
Rongee on May 2, 2010 at 7:17 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 2:48 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 6:55 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?

CStefanic
CStefanic on September 7, 2016 at 11:08 am

I went inside recently – as during the summer it us used as a kids art camp. It seems to be housed like a black box theatre now. Didn’t get a very good look. No doubt though, from the architecture and the cozy, intimate and narrow hallway, it was a small neighborhood house in the 30s and 40s.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm

Facebook page for the current tenant, Fais Do-Do Cafe. It has some video of the interior in the comments.

https://www.facebook.com/cafeFaisdodo/?hc_location=ufi

argovillagetheater
argovillagetheater on June 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm

This theater is first listed at this address in the Los Angeles City directory of 1939. It is not listed in the 1938 directory.

CStefanic
CStefanic on September 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Not that it really matters, but the exterior of this theater was used for the scene when Emma Stone performs her one woman show in “La La Land:.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 29, 2017 at 7:47 pm

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this or not (and not that this really matters either), but someone has tagged the Variety Theatre building on Google satellite view with the name Vaud and the Villains, which the Internet tells me is a traveling orchestra and cabaret show (here is their web site.) Aside from the troupe having performed two shows at the Fais Do-Do in 2016, I can’t find any connection between them and the theater. Might they be using it for a rehearsal hall?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 29, 2017 at 8:15 pm

And this is interesting too: looking at Google street view of the theater I noticed a hand-made sign reading “David Sukonick Concert Hall.” Sukonick Concert Hall has its own Facebook page, but there haven’t been any posts since February this year, and none earlier than January 11, 2015, and there are only three posts altogether, all of them posted by people appearing at the venue, so whoever actually runs the place obviously hasn’t yet claimed the page. I don’t think we should change the name of the theater’s page based on this scantly information, though.

The only David Sukonick I can find on the Internet is a professional dancer who now designs and builds floors for dance studios through a company called Bolo Productions. Maybe he has something to do with this theater, and maybe he doesn’t. The web site isn’t telling, as far as I can discover.

Also also interesting (to me, at least, though not theater-related) is this interview with David Sukonick at Danse Track, though it might be boring for people who aren’t interested in dance (or construction.)

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 3, 2017 at 9:09 pm

The interior was featured on tonight’s episode of NBC’s “This Is Us”, as the club where Kate has her first singing gig. Fais Do Do was in neon on the wall.

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