X 1 & 2 Theaters

5959 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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.

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.

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.

moviebuff82 on July 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

X marks the spot!

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.

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.

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 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.

shatter on September 23, 2008 at 4:08 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 on September 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2008 at 10:40 pm

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 on February 9, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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

kencmcintyre on October 2, 2007 at 7:59 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:

shatter on April 20, 2007 at 8:39 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 7:48 am

The X 1 & 2…


That does scream 70’s doesn’t it?

shatter on April 20, 2007 at 7:27 am

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

scottfavareille on April 20, 2007 at 6:40 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 12:10 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2007 at 11:58 am

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 on January 25, 2007 at 5:37 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 2:44 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.