8163 Santa Monica Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Architects: Lewis Arthur Smith
Previous Names: Carmel Theatre, Fox Carmel Theatre, Carmel Museum Theatre, Paris Penthouse Theatre
The 1,085-seat Carmel Theatre was opened by West Coast Theatres on November 17, 1924 with Richard Barthelmess in “Classmates” (aka Winning Through). It was designed by noted theatre architect Lewis Arthur Smith. It later became known as the Fox Carmel Theatre.
In later years, it was renamed Carmel Museum Theatre and then Paris Theatre going over to screening adult movies. On July 19, 1967 it opened a second screen (possibly sited on the former stage-house?) which operated as the 100-seat Paris Penthouse Theatre, screening XXX adult films. The Paris Theatre was featured in the 1973 movie “The Police Connection” (aka The Mad Bomber) starring Chuck Connors & Neville Brand and directed by Bert I. Gordon. The Paris Theatre was destroyed by a fire in January 1976.
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Here is a 1970 ad:
Post-Manson family. Strike while the iron is hot.
Listed as the Carmel Museum Theatre in the 1956 L.A. City Directory (see also ken mc’s comment of January 5, 2007, above, citing the same name.)
Also, the New Vic at the Carmel Theatre in 1957.
but i wish that collection had outside photos
You can see the Paris Theatre in the background in a scene from the episode “Anatomy of Two Rapes” from the TV show “Police Woman” (First Season-1974). It happens around 17 mins into the episode.
1972 photo as the Paris Theatre added courtesy of the Classic Hollywood/Los Angeles/SFV Facebook page
hdtv267 — While the photo you uploaded does indeed say the Paris Theater, the address along with it (755 N. La Cienega) is the address for the Cine Cienega Theater, so there’s a discrepancy, and, also, someone else posted that the Paris burned down in 1976. There’s little info on the Cine Cienega, so perhaps, since the Paris burned down, it changed it’s name? Just a guess.
After the Paris on Santa Monica burned down, it did re-open for a brief time on La Cienega. I don’t remember where but it was the west side of the street.
The Paris Penthouse opened on July 19th, 1967. Grand opening ad posted.
Opened November 17th, 1924. Grand opening ad posted.