Fox Studio City Theatre
12136 Ventura Boulevard,
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Architects: Clifford A. Balch
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Studio City Theatre
The Studio City Theatre was opened June 18, 1938 with Charles Boyer in “Mayerling” & Gordon Oliver in “The Marines Are Here”. It was due to open with Clark Gable in “Test Pilot” & Mickey Rooney in “Judge Hardy’s Children”. It was an independently operated theatre which even before it opened was involved in an Anti-Trust suit with Fox West Coast Theatres over film availability. It was soon taken over by Fox West Coast Theatres. It was closed in February 1991. It is still around, but its days as a popular neighborhood movie house are gone.
It became a Bookstar bookstore and has been taken over by Barnes & Noble within the building.
Fortunately, the old ticket booth lives on (to advertise books) and enough of the original façade and marquee remains to remind visitors what was once here.
The original terrazzo floor remains welcoming customers to the store.
The Studio City Theatre shares a similar fate to the La Reina Theatre down the road on Ventura Boulevard. Both are now retail stores.
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