X 1 & 2 Theaters

5959 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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In it's Heyday

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Built in 1937 and designed by architect A.B. Sedgley as a market building. It was later converted into the Hawaiian Gardens Theatre. By July 1970 it had been renamed Adam & Eve Theatre, playing adult themed movies. Taken over by porno filmmaker Carlos Tobalino it reopened as the X Theatre on November 11, 1974, to showcase adult films. The opening movie was the world premiere presentation of “Sexual Ecstacy of the Macumba” starring John Fox with Linda Lovelace & Marilyn Chambers. It was later twinned and varied its programs at times, running XXX in one side and Hollywood double bills on the other. The X 1 & 2 Theaters was closed in 1992. The building was then mainly used for storage. The auditorium was demolished in August 2016.

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shatter on February 17, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I seem to recall that when Legend did his schlock movie programs in the early 90s they shared the parking lot with the Florentine Gardens patrons (I think we showed the parking lot attendants our theater stub or something). Wonder why they can’t do something like this again.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Very interesting history you guys have put together on this theatre,Thanks for the pictures.

meheuck on March 25, 2016 at 10:33 am

There’s a large banner hanging on its marquee reading “FILM CREW BASE CAMP” and a couple phone numbers, suggesting it’s been gutted and rented. But when I googled the words and the address, as well as the two phone numbers, nothing significant, or more importantly, film-related, came up.

CTCrouch on March 28, 2016 at 6:44 am

I believe the banner is just advertising that the theatre’s large parking lot is available for rental as a base camp (i.e. place to park equipment, crew, and talent trailers) for location shoots. Last I checked, the theatre was still boarded up and neglected.

jdsch on March 29, 2016 at 7:38 pm

What are the phone numbers? I can’t quite make them out from the photo and when I called the 213 number it goes to a woman’s personal voicemail. The 323 number has the tree trunk in the way.

Anyway, I might have a client that needs an old theater but can’t figure out who to contact to find out the condition of the interior.

rivest266 on August 6, 2016 at 12:20 am

November 11th, 1974 grand opening ad in photo section

CTCrouch on August 21, 2016 at 7:08 am

I drove by the theatre this evening (8/20/16). They razed the auditorium, but the facade/lobby has been left intact. I don’t know if they plan on leaving this section of the structure or if it’s simply awaiting a second phase of demolition.

CStefanic on September 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm

I drove by just last night – yup. The auditorium is gone. facade indeed still intact. I tried to peek in the auditorium space at one time, and do not believe there was much of it left to begin with but it’s still a sad loss. Moreso, they filled the land in, leveling it so that there would be no room for renovations or use of the original space. Damn shame.

OCRon on October 18, 2016 at 7:10 am

Beginning in July 1970 the theater had an earlier life as the Adam and Eve Theatre. The ads are in the photo section.

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