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Linda Lea Theatre (Closed)
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The "World Famous" Linda Lea Theatre on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles is located almost directly across the street from the equally respected St. Vibiana's Cathedral. In its heyday, the Linda Lea drew throngs of visitors to its lavish accommodations and first-run international movies. Today, visitors still gawk at the marquee and front of this now deserted treasure of a bygone theatre era.

 

ImaginAsian Center
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

UPDATE 04/08 : The Linda Lea Theatre was demolished and reborn as the ImaginAsian Center. According to the ImaginAsian website, the center is dedicated to showcasing Asian and Asian American cinema and culture. The theatre opened on December 1, 2007. 04-08

 

 

Edwards Cinema (Remodeled)
Costa Mesa, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


This single screen cinema features a real mid-century front facade. However, the Edwards Cinema in Costa Mesa no longer shows first-run movies. In fact, it shows no movies at all. The theatre was remodeled in 2000 and is no longer a theatre.

 

UPDATE 07/03 : The theater has been closed for a few years now, though the center and theatre building remains. An effort was made to preserve architectural lines by staying true to the modern style the entire center was designed in. The theatre is now a Paul Mitchell training center, and the gobs of glass and exterior supports remain. Many thanks to Steven Gertsen for update. 07-03

 

UPDATE 07/10 : The old Cinema you used to be able to see off of Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa was the marquee for the Edwards Cinemas. Unfortunately this theatre has met the front of the bulldozer head-on. 07-10

 

See more Googie treasures at Roadside Peek's Spotlight on Orange County Googie.

 

 

Studio Theatre
San Bernardino, CA
Photo courtesy Sal Garcia

The Studio Theatre in San Bernardino is a great example of the types of old single-screen theatres that used to grace just about every neighborhood. This theatre on Baseline Road appears to have closed fairly recently, a fate bestowed upon numerous other venerable but lately, unprofitable single-screeners. Theatres like these may reopen again some day... but most likely become just another forgotten memory.

 

 

 

Wiltern Theatre
Mid-Wilshire District
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Another theatre designed by Landsburgh, the Wiltern in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles is home to top current acts and stage shows. Also along the "neon district", the Wiltern and its red neon signage glowing on a clear and crisp night is a sight to behold. The building towers over Wilshire Boulevard, one of the main arteries of the city.

(Far left) The marquee at the Wiltern Theatre along the Wilshire Miracle Mile

(Near left) The front entrance of the Wiltern

 

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