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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Manwithnoname on February 16, 2009 at 7:02 am

Great link from LM. You can even see the already closed World Theater next to it. It’s not exactly the same photo as the cars on the street are different. According to Johnny Legend, when the theater was built it was named the Adam and Eve and changed to the X name later. When Tobalina pulled out (pardon the pun) it became the Hawaiian Gardens. He said the right side, where the mainstream films played, was by far the best with 150 seats, better sight lines, etc. The left side was a poor design with a dark picture. He said the place has been empty since 1992 but hasn’t been turned into anything because the parking lot has been a gold mine for the owners. He again mentioned the former manager and what a total nut case he was.

shatter on February 17, 2009 at 10:50 am

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 2:44 pm

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

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 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 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 on August 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm

November 11th, 1974 grand opening ad in photo section

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 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.

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