X 1 & 2 Theaters

5959 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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In it's Heyday

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This theatre was opened by porno maker Carlos Tobalino in the early-1970’s to showcase adult films. It varied its programs at times, running XXX in one side and Hollywood double bills on the other.

Contributed by Robert R

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shatter
shatter on October 6, 2008 at 8:41 am

So sad. All that wasted space. Well I’m glad I was there for the Hollywood Gardens screenings at least.

Manwithnoname
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
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.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

X marks the spot!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Wonder if the X-Men hung out at this theater lol?

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.

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