Lumiere Cinema at the Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Boulevard,
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Originally opened as the Elite Theatre on April 24, 1937 with George Brent in “God’s Country and the Woman” & Chester Morris in “I Promise to Pay”. It had a seating capacity of 824 and was designed by architect Wilfred B. Verity. It is just down the street from International Creative Management and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
On August 8, 1945 it was renamed Music Hall Beverley Hills, playing “Story of G.I. Joe” starring Burgess Meredith. Between 1950 and 1956 it became a TV studio housing “Life with Elizabeth” with Betty White in the early-1950’s and “The Liberace Show” from 1953 to 1956. It was reopened as a movie theatre by the Walter Reade circuit in 1956. It was renovated in 1960 to the plans of architect Arthur J. Drielsma. In 1974 it was taken over by Laemmle Theatres. It was later tripled and renovated in the mid-1990’s. In 2005, the seating capacities in the three auditoriums were;148, 102 and 259. Its Art Deco style appearance has remained to this day and continues to be a local favorite showing independent films. It was threatened with closure in early-2011, but got a least a one year extension on its lease. Laemmle Theatres closed the Music Hall Theatre on November 21, 2019.
It was taken over by independent operators (former Laemmle employees) and reopened on November 29, 2019 as the Lumiere Cinema at the Music Hall.
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