Temple Theatre

5863 S. Vermont Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90044

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The Temple Theatre was one of many independent theatres along S. Vermont Avenue in south Los Angeles. The Temple Theatre was opened prior to 1941.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on October 7, 2005 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for the info. My assumption was that the latter building was a theater based on its appearance, but it may have been something else.

tomdelay on October 7, 2005 at 5:15 pm

I learned recently that the balance of the Temple Theatre Wurlitzer (chests, pipes, percussions) are owned by a theatre organ collector in the San Jose area. The console and relay remain in the Visalia, CA church I mentioned in the earlier posting above.

kencmcintyre on June 21, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Ken, the theater I saw back in October was the Congress. It wasn’t as far south as I mentioned in the post at that time. I posted some current photos on that page.

kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 7:23 pm

This theater was operated by Harry Vennicoft & Son Theaters in the early sixties.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Ken: I think “Vennicoft” might be a misspelling of the name “Vinnicof”. The Vinnicof Theatre Circuit was around for a long time. They owned a half interest in the Garfield Theatre in Alhambra in the 1950s, the other half being silently owned by the Edwards Theatre Circuit. Vinnicof also operated the Grove Theatre in Garden Grove at that time. At least as far back as the 1930s they operated some theatres in the Eagle Rock-Highland Park area. In 1941, Harry Vinnicof bought the Congress Theatre a couple of miles down Vermont from the Temple.

There are some Vinnicofs who are still associated with the movie theatre business, one of them showing up on this page I found in Google search results. Maybe Cecil is one of Harry’s sons, or perhaps a grandson. There are also a Paul Vinnicof and a Robert Vinnicof who share the San Vincente address. They all appear to be lawyers who specialize in movie theatres.

CTCrouch on January 25, 2009 at 4:03 am

Joe Vogel posted: “Maybe Cecil is one of Harry’s sons, or perhaps a grandson”

I believe Cecil is (was?) Harry’s son, as an early 60’s news bit, about the opening of Anaheim’s Brookhurst Theatre (another Vinnicof Theatre), lists Vinnicof & Son Theatres as being operated by Harry and Cecil Vinnicof.

kencmcintyre on May 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I saw that photo before, and I was wondering if maybe this was a Spanish-language house in its last go round. Easy enough to change Temple to Tempo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 14, 2011 at 3:25 am

The Southwest Builder & Contractor article I cited as the source for the architect’s name misspelled it. The correct name of the architect was Harry C. Deckbar. Among his other works was Trinity Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, designed when he was a partner in the firm of Fitzhugh, Krucker & Deckbar.

Financier on September 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Wow. How depressing. I visited the Temple with my grandparents in the 1950’s. Now it looks like a third world country! My mother’s parents lived at 822 W. 60th Street (walking distance). We usually ate Chinese food at a little restaurant at one side of the theater (I can’t remember which side). My dad’s parents lived on 66th Street. My parents went there on dates. My dad graduated from John Muir Jr. High a few doors down. I remember double features and KENO during the intermissions. My grandmothers told me that the movies were stopped when the Amos and Andy radio show was at its peak. Otherwise no one would have gone to the movies.

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