California Theatre

341 N. Brand Boulevard,
Glendale, CA 91203

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: Simeon Charles Lee

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California Theatre exterior

The California Theatre was opened on December 25, 1928. In February 1940 the California Theatre was taken over by Fox West Coast Theatres as a District 2 house. It was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William on October 9, 2002 at 1:00 am

The California theatre was located at 341 N. Brand Blvd.

DavidT on May 1, 2005 at 11:52 am

1937 Christmastime view of Brand Blvd, Glendale. The California Theater can be seen at the right. LAPL collection.

kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 8:20 am

From the Oviatt Library Digital Collection:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 24, 2007 at 11:13 am

In the 1940s, the California was being operated by Fox-West Coast Theatres. Southwest Builder & Contractor of November 7, 1941, contained an item saying that architect S. Charles Lee had prepared plans for remodeling the California Theatre in Glendale. Alterations to the foyer, lobby, ticket booth and front were to cost $12,000.

The Oviatt Library 1936 photo to which ken mc linked on October 27, 2005, is no longer at that URL. For now, it is here.

kencmcintyre on September 24, 2007 at 11:46 am

This whole block is now office buildings, I think.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm

A search on “Theaters California Glendale” at the picture catalog of the California State Library will fetch seven early photos of the interior of this theatre, as well as a dozen of the Capitol Theatre down the street, and one William Reagh shot of the Alex to boot.

drb on September 15, 2008 at 7:39 pm

I think it was next to where the the Bank of America is now, just in from Lexington, next to JAX Bar and Grill jazz club.

drb on October 25, 2008 at 5:22 am

The Lexington Hotel and the Glendale News-Press building that are visible to the left of the California Theatre in the Oviatt and the LAPL photos are still standing, as shown in the exterior photo on the page for the Lexington Hotel, which is now called the Brandwood Hotel.

The California would have been behind the red convertible in that photo, where the B of A is now. So there’s still a good percentage of vintage buildings on that block, other than the missing theater. It’s the other side of the street, and a few blocks farther on this side, that’s primarily new offices.

kencmcintyre on November 22, 2008 at 11:52 am

Here is part of an article in the LA Times dated 2/7/31:


Gun-Like Cigarette Case used in Theater Hold-Up Spells Doom to Robber When officer Fires

GLENDALE-A bandit who put his faith in a cigarette case shaped like a pistol unthinkingly pointed the mock weapon tonight at the heart of a policeman who had detected him in a hold-up of the cashier at the California Theater here, and an instant later fell dead on the sidewalk with six bullets from the policeman’s service revolver in his body.

The bandit, with the futile contrivance of shining metal still in his hand, was taken first to Glendale Emergency Hospital and then to the morgue, where he was identified from papers in his pocket as L.J. Wright, apparently about 30 years of age, from Metzger, Oregon.

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