Dorkel Theatre

1013 E. Seventh Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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The Dorkel Theatre was one of many small independent theatres that once stood along the streets of Los Angeles. It remained open until at least the early 1950’s.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 2:30 am

Listed in the 1942 city directory:
http://tinyurl.com/2p2vzo

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 12:12 am

Listed as the Columbia at 1013 E. 7th in the 1939 directory, so that’s another aka.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on August 15, 2007 at 12:43 am

Operated as the Columbia through 1945 at least.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 17, 2007 at 11:35 pm

There’s another reference to the Merryland in 1930, per the LA Times, so it was probably the Merryland first, then changed to Columbia sometime in the thirties, and then lastly the unfortunately named Dorkel Theater, probably in the early forties.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 11, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Hard to imagine a movie theater in this depressing part of downtown. Things must have been very different back then.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Breaking news from Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

Min Orthel is Columbia’s new cashier, replacing M.J. Dodge, who resigned last week to start a chicken ranch in Arcadia.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 6:56 pm

No, that’s probably the winner. I hope the ranch was a success.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2009 at 1:11 am

A Merryland Theatre is listed at 1015 E. Seventh Street in the 1915 L.A. City Directory.

CharmaineZoe
CharmaineZoe on February 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Picture of the Merryland Theatre in 1930, which had just been bought by the 27 yr old David A Miller.the previous owners having run it into the red,and was still showing silent movies,plus 5 Vaudeville acts once a week: View link

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