Advocacy

Star Theater, La Puente

Latest Update - 17th June 2918, S. Charles Lee’s one-of-a-kind Star Theater was demolished this morning to make way for 22 condos. LAHTF is working behind the scenes to try to save the Star Sign, but the theatre is gone. CLICK PHOTO for more info.

Crest Westwood Theatre

Update – March 2019. The architects for CAP UCLA’s renovation of the Crest Theatre were announced 25th March 2019. LAHTF will continue to consult with the CAP UCLA team as plans evolve. CLICK THE PHOTO for additional information.

Roxie, Cameo, and Arcade Theatres

Update – October 2018. The youngest and oldest historic theatres on Broadway are getting some much needed attention. The owners of the Roxie (November 1931), Cameo (October 1910), and Arcade (September 1910) have pulled building permits to replace and repair the roof areas of all three theatres. Over the years there have been multiple roof leaks, and no further building improvements are likely to take place until the leaks have been fixed, so this is good news for these three underutilized theatres. CLICK THE PHOTO to continue reading.

York Theatre

Update – February 2019. The former York Theatre in Highland Park, a local movie theatre built in the 1920s, is to become home to the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre. CLICK THE PHOTO to continue reading.

Huntington Park Warner

Update – October 2018. Blink Fitness has now opened as the anchor tenant of the converted Huntington Park Warner Theatre, with a number of Art Deco elements preserved on-view as patrons work out. A level floor was added for this adaptive reuse, but the floor was built so it could be removed in the future if the Warner is returned to theatrical use. CLICK THE PHOTO to continue reading.

Tower Theatre

Update – 2nd August 2018: "Apple premieres plans for store and event space in historic downtown L.A. theatre".

CLICK THE PHOTO to read LAHTF’s statement on the proposed conversion of the Tower Theatre to non-theatrical use.

Earl Carroll Theatre

LAHTF are in the process of touring prospective tenants though the Earl Carroll theatre who want to restore and reactivate it. On Monday Oct 17th, the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation joined Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and our preservation coalition partners: Hollywood Heritage, the LA Conservancy and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles to celebrate the "ground-breaking" of a new apartment complex by Essex Properties. Our coalition spent two years working directly with the development team to find ways to preserve and protect the Earl Carroll Theatre. This is a preservation success story. CLICK THE PHOTO to continue reading. Lobby photo by Wendell Benedetti

Million Dollar Theatre

100 years ago, on February 1, 1918, Sid Grauman opened his first theatre in Los Angeles, the Million Dollar Theatre, with the premiere of William S. Hart’s film The Silent Man. Today the Million Dollar Theatre is closed temporarily while the new tenants, CoBird, finalize their plans. LAHTF has met with leaders of CoBird, the new tenants at the Million Dollar theatre, and CoBird have expressed a desire to activate the theatre for public events on a regular basis. CLICK THE PHOTO for more information and updates.

The State Theatre

Cathedral Of Faith (Catedral de la Fe), long term tenants of the State theatre, moved out in early 2018. The owners of the State Theatre are working to find a theatrical tenant for the Theatre, and are currently talking to a number of organizations. LAHTF will continue to advocate for the best theatrical use for this important historic theatre. For the latest information and a history of this important theatre CLICK THE PHOTO to go to our advocacy page for the State Theatre. Photo by Mike Hume

Hollywood Warner Theatre

There has been a lot of recent attention circling the Hollywood Warner Theatre (Hollywood Pacific), so we would like to take a few minutes to report the current status. After a year of many productive meetings, Robertson Properties agreed to fund a neutral third-party feasibility study, with the reactivation of the theatre as the priority. This agreement was a big step forward from the owner’s starting point, that the theatre had to be demolished. CLICK THE PHOTO to continue reading. Lobby photo by Wendell Benedetti

Westlake Theatre

On Thursday, January 11, the Oversight Board for the CRA/LA unanimously approved the sale of the Westlake Theatre to 634 Alvarado, LLP for $2M. It was one of four offers that came in last August during the sale process. The top two bids were withdrawn and this 3rd bid was accepted. LAHTF is reaching out to the buyer and hopes to have more information soon. CLICK THE PHOTO to continue reading about the walkthrough and sale process. Photo by Wendell Benedetti

Fox Inglewood Theatre

When opened in 1949 The Fox Inglewood Theatre, at 1,166 seats, was one of the largest theatres build in South L.A. The theatre entertained a number of generations of City residents before welcoming its last movie patron in 1984. Since then, the fate of the Fox Inglewood has been uncertain. CLICK THE PHOTO to read our full position statement.

Rialto Theatre, South Pasadena

The Friends of the Rialto, with support of the Theatre's new tenant, Mosaic Church, is restoring the 35mm projection system for use for future movie screenings. The first movie screening produced by Mosaic was a great success. and fulfills the churches pledge to start holding movie screenings and events for the community, in addition to regular church services. Friends of the Rialto will continue to work closely with the Church to promote a proper restoration and reactivation. CLICK THE PHOTO for more information. Photo by Hunter Kerhart

Olympic Theatre

The Olympic Theatre, originally opened in 1927 as the Bard’s 8th St Theatre, and has for the last many years been used as a furniture store. It closed a few years ago, and was recently leased to COS, a high end clothing store under the H&M brand. When the announcement was made, LAHTF attempted multiple times to contact the brand to offer our consulting services. Our hope was to protect and preserve as many of the original theatre details as possible. CLICK THE PHOTO for more information. Photo by Hunter Kerhart