Variety Theatre

5253 W. Adams Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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argovillagetheater on June 29, 2017 at 8:44 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.

DavidZornig on December 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm

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

CStefanic on September 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 on June 10, 2007 at 10:32 pm

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

Lynnie on February 16, 2006 at 3:11 pm

This theatre is located at 5253 W. Adams Blvd. just west of La Brea. I drove by it last week and it is very closed. There is still a marquee out front. Does anyone know what the condition the theatre is in?


sdoerr on November 30, 2003 at 5:51 pm

Wow interesting info, lets look into it more

gbachlund on November 30, 2003 at 5:36 pm

Upon viewing the club’s web site, not only is the Variety Theatre’s marquee shown, but also there is a floor plan of the facility that suggests the front of the auditorium may have survived.

HarryLime on October 23, 2003 at 4:43 pm

This is actually the location of Club Cafe Fais-Do-Do in Los Angeles – the Fais-Do-Do Ballroom, to be precise. If you look at and click on Tour, there are some photographs which clearly display an existing marquee. Chances are that that marquee marks the spot of the Variety (not to be confused with the Variety Arts Centre on Figueroa). I’ll drive by and check what the condition of the space is.