1944 Riverside Drive,
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Knightsbridge Theatre (Official)
Functions: Live Performances
Styles: Mission Revival
Previous Names: Knightsbridge Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Colony Theatre, New Elysian Theatre, Elysian Theatre, Studio Theater Playhouse
Opened in 1927 as the Elysian Theatre for silent films, the Elysian stopped projecting films in 1954 and became a live performance venue. It was purchased by Mark and Kathryn Fuller in 1965 for their Studio Theater company. Since then, this small theater has changed names numerous times as a live performance venue and a playhouse in the Elysian Park area of Los Angeles. In 2021, it was taken over by Steven Edelson and renamed back to The Elysian, presenting live comedy and other related performances.
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The Knightsbridge Theatre’s website is http://www.knightsbridgetheatre.com/
When this theatre opened it was known as the Riverside Theatre.
Advertised as the Elysian on 1/22/50.
Here is a 1948 photo:
The Elysian was called the Studio Theater Playhouse in 1966, according to this LA Times item from February of that year:
For those who take stock in popular revivals, thereâ€™s â€œA Thousand Clownsâ€ continuing at the Studio Theater Playhouse, 1944 Riverside Drive. David Ridenour directs this version of Herb Gardnerâ€™s comedy lunge at the television industry.
Now a 99 seat Equity Waiver theatre.
On 11/4 caught a fabulous pocket version of the musical “Sweet Charity”. My ticket was only $7 on Goldstar. It is not unusual for me to pay less to see a great live play than a movie.
The New Elysian Theatre launched on February 19, 1937 with “Come and Get It” and “Wanted: Jane Turner” with the Warner Bros. cartoon, “The CooCoo Nut Grove.”