6021 Hollywood Boulevard,
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Architects: William Allen
Previous Names: Marcal Theatre
Originally opened in 1925 as the Marcal Theatre by Hansen Theatres Inc. The plans by architect William Allen called for 1,250-seat theatre, with 550 of those seats in the Loges. It was equipped with a stage-house, and a Robert Morton 2 manual 15 ranks organ which had Pedal and included an Ancillary division. Large arches along the side-walls of the auditorium contained painted panels depicting scenes from cities around the world, which were back-lit.
It was renovated and reopened March 31, 1949 screening Clark Gable in “San Francisco” & Marx Brothers in “A Night at the Opera”. Later operated by Pacific Theatres, it was renamed World Theatre on July 3, 1963. The World Theatre was closed in the Summer of 1986. It was located at the east end of Hollywood Boulevard and showed second-run features in a triple bill for bargain prices.
“I think they were open 24 hours. Last remembrance of seeing anything there was a triple feature of "Footloose”, “Against All Odds” and “The Big Chill” in the Summer of 1984."
Today the much altered building is in use as a nightclub named Academy.
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