Academy Theater

3141 West Manchester Boulevard,
Inglewood, CA 90305

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Academy Theatre auditorium

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Opened on November 7, 1939 and designed by architect S. Charles Lee, the Academy Theater, a classic Art Moderne style structure, was originally designed to house the Academy Awards.

Sadly, however, the Academy Theater never did host the ‘Oscars’, but it was often the location of film premieres and served as a major suburban theater for the Fox West Coast Theatres chain.

The Academy Theater continued to show movies until 1976, when it became a church.

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kencmcintyre on March 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Since I did not take the tour, the church operator was nice enough to let me inside for a look at the interior. Note that the woman in the etching is holding an Oscar. The churcj operator said it was not copyrighted, as that kind of art would not pass unnoticed by the AMPAS today. On the bottom right corner of the etching it says S. Charles Lee architect.

DonSolosan on March 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Well, Ken, we told you they were nice people! The etched glass is very tough to photograph during the day because it faces the front entrance and the greenish neon lighting it up from behind can’t compete with the daylight.

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I couldn’t get the script at the bottom of the etching at all. I took some interior photos but my bb failed me, so I didn’t post those.

DonSolosan on April 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

That’s nice, Ken. I’ve seen the tower lit up, but not the marquee. Very colorful.

monika on April 17, 2011 at 9:08 am

My husband and I visited the Academy yesterday. A member of the church saw us taking pictures and introduced himself, we talked for a while about the Academy and Inglewood’s other churches. Such a pleasant encounter.

I had wanted to visit the Academy for a long, long time, and was so impressed with it. (photos to come)

monika on April 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

A photo I took of the Academy on 4-16-11:
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KlairBybee on April 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I changed the marquee at the Academy Theatre in the early 70’s. One title I misspelled late at night that caused the manager to phone me to come pack and correct was for a movie called “The Public Eye.” I innocently spelled the second word and put “The Pubic Eye.” My uncle, Arlo Nalder, was part owner of the Yum Burger across the street. As a child, I remember seeing a movie I didn’t understand there called “A Letter to Three Wives.” I saw the movie recently and remembered sitting in the Academy trying find some meaning to all the talk about love and marriage…

GaryParks on March 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm

This past January, while flying into LAX at night, I looked out my window and saw that, although the marquee of the Academy was not on, the tower was—completely operational and animating!

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