X 1 & 2 Theaters

5959 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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hdtv267
hdtv267 on September 27, 2016 at 1:23 am

what’s really a shame is how the insipid comments from June 17,2010 and July 3, 2013 still remain, while other comments get removed

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.

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.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm

November 11th, 1974 grand opening ad in photo section

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.

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.

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.

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

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

TLSLOEWS
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
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
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 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
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
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
rapidheart on February 9, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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

kencmcintyre
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:
http://tinyurl.com/2sk7fp

shatter
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…

LOL

That does scream 70’s doesn’t it?

shatter
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
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.