Corbin Theatre

19620 Ventura Boulevard,
Tarzana, CA 91356

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rivest266 on October 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Grand opening ads posted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I was going to update the dead link to the Boxoffice article I cited in my earlier comment, but discovered that the magazine is in the process of changing formats for its online archive again. That means that Cinema Treasures is going to be hit by another epidemic of linkrot. I’m not sure it will even be possible to link to pages in the new archive yet, as the new format appears to be set up only for “sharing” pages by embedding them in other sites.

If anybody wants to check out the new Boxoffice archive (they only have the four most recent issues available so far) it’s right here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 25, 2014 at 3:21 pm

The caption of the rendering OCRon mentioned says that the Corbin Theatre was actually designed by Gale Santocono (though it misspells his first name as Gail.) That opens the possibility that the Buena Park theater I mentioned in my comment of January 21, 2010, was also designed by Santocono, and Overpeck merely signed the plans for both houses as Santocono was not yet a licensed architect (this comment by Carol Santocono, Gale Santocono’s granddaughter, on our Raven Performing Arts Center page, says that Santocono was first licensed to practice architecture in California in the early 1960s.)

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on August 30, 2012 at 11:29 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

The Corbin was built for Robert Lippert Theatres and was opened in 1959. It was a near twin to the Buena Park Theatre opened the same year and which was the subject of this Boxoffice feature of October 19 that year. You can see the resemblance to the 1984 photo, though it looks like the Corbin had a traditional marquee added later, judging from the way it’s mounted on columns rather than attached to the building itself. The Corbin was probably designed by the architect of the Buena Park, Warren F. Overpeck.

kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 2:48 am

Here is an August 1975 ad from the LA Times:

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 20, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Been There – Done That

kencmcintyre on October 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm

The Corbin was advertised as an EVC Electrovision Theater in the LA Times back in January 1960. The karate studio has some interior photos on its website:

rapidheart on February 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Now a Mosonic Temple

kencmcintyre on September 20, 2007 at 11:41 pm

There is a February 1968 ad in the Van Nuys News for a double feature – “Jungle Book” and “Charlie the Lonesome Cougar”. If you’re talking about nostalgia, it doesn’t get any better than that for me. Apart from a few films at the drive-in where I was stuffed in the back of the Rambler, these were the first two films I saw in a theater. My mother took to me to the same double feature in Atlantic City, possibly in late 1967. I’d better log off before I start weeping on my keyboard.

kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 11:19 pm

Here is a February 1975 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on June 8, 2007 at 10:04 pm

No more Doris Day films in September 1974. Features were “Behind the Green Door” and “Resurrection of Eve”.

kencmcintyre on March 6, 2007 at 10:49 am

An ad in the Valley News dated 10/30/70 promised “PTA mother supervision” for a showing of the Doris Day film “With 6 You Get Egg Roll” at the Corbin. Meanwhile, the Action Theater at 4704 Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks was promising “Mind Blowing Adult Features in Throbbing Sound and Color”. The times they were a changing…

MagicLantern on September 17, 2004 at 5:38 pm

Another in the Robert Lippert chain of theatres.

William on November 13, 2003 at 8:37 pm

The Corbin Theatre was located at 19620 Ventura Blvd..