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Vision Theatre
Los Angeles, CA

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2013:
The Vision Theatre opened in 1931 as the Leimert Theatre. It was renamed the Watchtower in the 1970s when it was converted into a Jehovah's Witness chapel. When it was purchased in 1990, it was renamed the Vision Theatre. In 1997, the City took over the building with plans to convert the theatre into a performing arts center and youth training center. Restoration was underway when the 2008 photos above were taken. I believe the restoration was completed in 2012 but programming has not been established yet. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

El Sereno Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Westlake Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
It's not clear when the El Sereno Theatre opened. The name was change to Mazatlan in later years when the theatre began showing Spanish language films. It was being used as a workshop and storage space for Deanda & Sons Construction when this photo was taken in 2008. In 2016, the building was renovated and painted brown and white. Known as The Eava, the space is now available for private events and workshops. For more, see this website. [map]

The Westlake Theatre opened in 1926. In 1935, S. Charles Lee was hired to redesign the ticket office, the marquee and the foyer. The theatre closed in 1991 and was converted for use as a swap meet. The rooftop sign was restored in 1987 but it is no longer lit now. The building was purchased by the city in 2008. There are plans to use the building as a live performance venue. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Highland Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
The Highland Theatre was designed by L.A. Smith and opened in 1925. The theatre is now a triplex. The rooftop sign was restored in 2011. It is composed of 502 bulbs. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Vista Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
The Vista Theatre opened in 1923 as the Bard Hollywood Theatre. It was renamed in the late 1920s. The theatre's design is a combination of Egyptian and Spanish Renaissance styles. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Southside Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
The Southside Theatre was built in 1949. The building has a Lamella timber roof, similar to a Quonset Hut building. It now houses a church. For more, see this website. [map]

former Congress Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
The Congress Theatre was built around 1939. It closed in the late 1950s and now houses a church. For more, see this website. [map]

Unique Theatre
East Los Angeles, CA
The Unique Theatre opened in the mid-1920s. The building was gutted and now houses the Unique Dollar store. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Wiltern Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
The Wiltern Theatre opened in 1931 as the Warner Brothers Western Theatre. In the mid-1930s, when 20th Century Fox acquired the theatre, it was renamed the Wiltern as a reference to its location at the intersection of Wilshire and Western Boulevards. The building is sheathed in turquoise glazed terra cotta. In the late 1970s, the theatre was nearly demolished. In 1985, the theatre was restored and is now a concert venue. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

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