X 1 & 2 Theaters

5959 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm

X marks the spot!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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

shatter
shatter on February 17, 2009 at 1:50 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.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on February 16, 2009 at 10:02 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 October 6, 2008 at 11:41 am

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

shatter
shatter on September 23, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Can’t the original poster just crop/resize it so the “X” shows? Give me 2 seconds in Photoshop and I can do it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 23, 2008 at 6:58 pm

You cut off the part that shows the X. See post of 11/7/07.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2008 at 1:40 am

In the February 10, 1971, issue of the Los Angeles Times, this twin theatre was going by the names Adam Theatre and Eve Theatre. In the Independent Theatre listings (the two names were listed individually in the alphabetically arranged Hollywood section, even though they shared both one address and one telephone number), the Adam’s entry says “Latest Adult Sound Films” and the Eve’s says “Adults Movies”, but the same issue of the paper contains a good-sized display ad (two columns and two inches) for the Eve Theatre which gives its current attraction as West Side Story, and the ad is complete with Oscar icon and that movie’s famous fire-escape-motif logo. I’ve searched the theatre section of that issue of The Times for a display ad for the Adam, but found none. Apparently, they did actually run West Side Story on one screen and some ‘70s porn flick on the other.

rapidheart
rapidheart on February 9, 2008 at 9:00 pm

This theatre is for sale. Real estate broker is Well-Being Realty

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 2, 2007 at 10:59 am

Macumba is a religion practiced in Brazil, if anyone was wondering. It involves placing offerings of cigars, alcohol and dead poultry on the street to appease the spirits. The ad is from the LA Times in December 1974:
http://tinyurl.com/2sk7fp

shatter
shatter on April 20, 2007 at 11:39 am

Seems interesting — I’ll have to get it for – uh – research. ;]

Seriously though, any films – adult or not, that show this area back in the day are intriguing to me. I’d love to see some footage of Hollywood theaters like the Vine or the Ritz or even downtown L.A. theaters like the Orpheum or the Million dollar back when they were mainstream theaters.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 20, 2007 at 10:48 am

The X 1 & 2…

LOL

That does scream 70’s doesn’t it?

shatter
shatter on April 20, 2007 at 10:27 am

Scott — I have never heard of this film. An “adults only” perhaps? Do you know where one can get it?

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on April 20, 2007 at 9:40 am

In the just released DVD Reflections in Love (Carlos Tobalina, 1971), there is footage of the exterior & the lobby of this theater (you can see the ticket booth, part of the snack bar, and the staircase & door to the projection booth). In that part of the film, there is a re-enactment of a theater raid (for obscenity). The film also has footage of the Mayan & the Las Palmas theaters during this time.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on April 18, 2007 at 3:10 am

This theater is shown in the film “The Unheard Music”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2007 at 2:58 pm

All three theatres were very close together, but I don’t think they were all open at the same time. I’m pretty sure the Hawaii closed a few years before the building the X 1&2 was in was converted into a theatre. I can’t remember what was in that building before.

shatter
shatter on January 25, 2007 at 8:37 am

So Left to right on Hollywood Blvd, there was the World, X1&X2 and the Hawaii, all on the same block? amazing. Now this area is a total eyesore. It’s hard to imagine people flocking to this part of Hollywood blvd. for one theater let alone three.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 24, 2007 at 5:44 pm

shatter: The World was in the dark building at far left, beyond the parking lot you can see in the first of the three pictures hollywood90038 linked to above. If you look at the third of the three pictures, you can see a corner of the building where the Hawaii Theatre was located, just past another parking lot east of the Florentine Gardens.

shatter
shatter on January 24, 2007 at 2:11 pm

where exactly was the World theater in relation to the X1&2?

turnkey
turnkey on July 5, 2006 at 3:52 pm

I used to go to this theater back when Johnny Legend and Eric Caiden of Hollywood Book and Poster ran it as the “Hawaiian Gardens” in the early ‘90s, for about 6 months or so. I was under the impression (I think Johnny told me this) that the people from Florentine Gardens owned it. They would share the parking lot. There were some amazing double and triple, and maybe even quadruple bills — strange exploitation films like “Switchblade Sisters” and “Let me Die a Woman.” It was a pleasure to attend this theater every weekend. Unfortunately not enough filmgoers were into this and I think it folded after a few months. The manager was some nutcase named Dale who gave Johnny a hard time and had no apprectiation for either the films or the fans. Once, I started asking him a question and before I uttered three words he said, “no, no…no, NO!”…JERK.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 28, 2005 at 6:19 pm

It’s the Republicans, Robert.