Dorkel Theatre

1013 E. 7th Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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CharmaineZoe on February 27, 2013 at 5:40 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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2009 at 6:11 am

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

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 11:56 pm

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

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 11:34 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 on April 12, 2008 at 4:28 am

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

kencmcintyre on August 18, 2007 at 4:35 am

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.

MagicLantern on August 15, 2007 at 5:43 am

Operated as the Columbia through 1945 at least.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 5:12 am

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

kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 7:30 am

Listed in the 1942 city directory:

kencmcintyre on July 10, 2007 at 4:44 am

The Merryland Theater was advertised in the LA Times on 9/2/23 at 1015 E. 7th Street. This is probably an aka for the Dorkel.

kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 6:23 pm

The Dorkel has been replaced by low income housing.