Fox Parisian Theatre

803 S. Vermont Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: Percy A. Eisen, Richard D. King, A. R. Walker

Firms: Walker & Eisen

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Roosevelt Theatre, Chotiner's Parisian Theatre

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Originally opened as the Roosevelt Theatre. By 1922 it had been renamed Chotiner’s Parisian Theatre. It was located at S. Vermont Avenue & W. 8th Street. By June 1938 it was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres.

It had a Moderne style exterior and its classic auditorium held a Wurlitzer 2/8 organ that was used into the late-1950’s when Fox West Coast Theatres began booking art films.

By 1958, a restaurant occupied the corner store and eventually expanded and tookover the lobby space when the theater closed.

Contributed by John Chappell

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

William on September 10, 2001 at 1:49 pm

This theatre seated 800 people.

William on October 17, 2003 at 9:01 am

The Fox Parisian Theatre was located at 803 S. Vermont Ave.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 30, 2004 at 9:21 pm

This theater was originally called the Roosevelt. It was announced in Southwest Builder and Contractor issue of 10/7/1921. The architects were Walker and Eisen, and the building was originally only one story. It was open by 1922, when the L.A. Times ran an article saying that the Chotiner company had taken a long term lease on land next to the theater, for use as a parking lot. In 1930, the theater was remodeled, the second floor being added at that time, and the theater was renamed the Parisian. The architect of the remodeling was Richard D. King, according to SB&C issue of 1/17/1930.

kencmcintyre on June 10, 2007 at 7:42 pm

It’s gone now. There’s a large building on the corner at 801 and then an acupuncture clinic at 809. Status should be closed/demolished.

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 12:33 pm

It ain’t there anymore.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 13, 2008 at 8:15 pm

vokoban’s drawing from The Times must depict the original plans by Walker & Eisen. The Southwest Builder & Contractor article listed in the California Index says the second floor didn’t get built until the 1930 remodeling. I’ve never been able to find a photo of the Parisian as it actually looked in the 1920s. The Chotiners had very bad timing if they failed to build that rental space at the beginning of the boom years of the 1920s, and then built it at the beginning of the depression.

The building now on the site of the Parisian was built in 1985, according to the L.A. County assessor’s office. A card in the California Index says that the name of the cafe that expanded into the Parisian after it closed as a theater was the Stockyard Restaurant.

vokoban on December 14, 2008 at 6:41 am

That drawing was in the LA Times on Feb. 5, 1922.

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