Grand Theater

730 S. Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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The Mozart (Grand) Theater

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This long-vanished theater on what was (at the time it was built) the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, was owned for a while by Edward Mozart Kuttner, who was cited as being the first person in Los Angeles to exhibit six-reel movies. By 1911, it was operated as the Walker Theater by the Arthus S. Hyman circuit.

The theater, originally built in 1908 as a playhouse, was operating until 1946, when it was demolished.

On the ‘Special Features’ option on the the DVD of “Singin' in the Rain”, Arthur Freed states that before joining MGM, he operated a small, profitable theatre in downtown Los Angeles named the Orange Grove Theatre.

Contributed by Joe Vogel, Jeff Chapman

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 6, 2008 at 7:55 pm

In 1945 there is a Grand Theater located on South Main which isn’t this theater. There is also a Grand Internationale Theater with a location of 7th and Grand. It had 1700 seats. Could that be another name for this theater?

vokoban on October 7, 2008 at 5:14 am

Kenroe and Joe Vogel address the Grand Internationale at the beginning of the posts on this page.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2008 at 7:03 am

The Fox Criterion has no aka name of Grand Internationale. If the Fox Criterion was the Grand Internationale and the Fox Criterion was demolished in 1941, why would the Grand Internationale still be listed in 1945? We need an ad or an article giving the address for a Grand or Grand Internationale Theater to help solve this mystery.

William on October 7, 2008 at 7:23 am

The Fox Criterion Theatre operated till around 1941 and had a fire which closed the theatre. The theatre later reopened after being closed for a few years as the Grand Internationale. And was later razed to make way for a office building. The site did not add all the info in the Criterion’s opening comment.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2008 at 7:43 am

Thanks William. In that case, the Fox Criterion should be listed as the Grand Internationale since that was the last name that it operated as.

vokoban on October 7, 2008 at 8:04 am

I wish they would use the name of the longest incarnation and best known name for a theater instead of the last used name. The first known name has the same problems. Many times the last/first used name is fairly obscure and makes it difficult to locate on the site, especially for new users who might not realize that it is possible to search by previous names. Sometimes stringent rules don’t benefit the big picture. I think it should be up to the operators of this site to choose the name that makes it easiest to find.

Velostigmat on January 27, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Found a little bit on Anna Mozart.

“Mrs. Anna M. Mozart ran the Mozart Theater in Los Angeles, a high-class place charging ten to twenty-five cents and running special features for a week., with music supplied by the mechanical Photo-Player Orchestra (she played operatic concerts on it.)”

p. 47 of the 1994 paperback edition of “The Transformation of Cinema” by Eileen Bowser

kencmcintyre on February 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine in June 1946:

LOS ANGELES-The Grand Theater, leased by Herb Rosener from the George T. Walker estate, and which is part of the Walker Auditorium Building here, will end its 50-year career in July. It will be demolished. The site will provide extra parking space for the J.W. Robinson department store.

Rosener, who has operated the house for the past twelve years, also runs the Studio, Laurel and Esquire. All specialize in foreign films. He plans to construct another theater to replace the Grand when building conditions permit.

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