X 1 & 2 Theatres

5959 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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X 1 & 2 Theater

Built in 1937 and designed by architect A.B. Sedgley as a market building. It was later converted into the Hawaiian Gardens Theatre. On July 31, 1970 it was twinned and renamed Adam & Eve Theatres, playing adult themed movies for men in the Adam screen and for females in the Eve screen. 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 Ecstasy of the Macumba” starring John Fox with Linda Lovelace & Marilyn Chambers. It varied its programs at times, running XXX in one side and Hollywood double bills on the other. The X 1 & 2 Theatres was closed in 1992. The building was then mainly used for storage. The auditorium was demolished in August 2016 and the fa├žade was demolished in March 2017.

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meheuck
meheuck on March 25, 2016 at 3:33 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
CTCrouch on March 27, 2016 at 10:44 pm

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
jdsch on March 29, 2016 at 11:38 am

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
rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm

November 11th, 1974 grand opening ad in photo section

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on August 20, 2016 at 11:08 pm

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
CStefanic on September 26, 2016 at 7:53 am

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.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on March 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm

The facade is in the process of being demolished.

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on April 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm

Totally demolished. See photos sections

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8436/photos/206975

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on February 7, 2020 at 11:34 pm

The building started out as the Holly Food Mart (1937 – c 1950). In the 1950’s and 60’s it served as the offices for Trend Publishing (a precursor to Peterson Publishing). After being converted in to a theatre (late 60’s), it ran as the Adam and Eve for a few years before Carlos Tobalina bought the property in 1974, for $220,000, and rebranded it the X 1&2. Tobalina died in 1989 and his family gradually sold off their adult holdings (the X, Mayan, and Star theatres). Aside from a very brief sublet, for use as a theatre (Johnny Legend’s exploitation film revival series), the building was abandoned/sealed from 1992 until it’s demolition; the property’s value being rental parking and long term development speculation.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 18, 2020 at 8:56 am

July 31st 1970 grand opening as Adam and Eve posted

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