Hitching Post Theatre
1448 4th Street,
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Previous Names: Western Theatre, Riviera Theatre
Opened on August 17, 1944 by A B C Theatres The Hitching Post Theatre was their third theatre to operate which screened westerns, the other two were on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles and in Beverly Hills. The Santa Monica location was originally retail space. It opened with Roy Rogers in “Song of Texas” & Don ‘Red’ Barry in “Canyon City” It was sometimes known as the Western Theatre. In 1950 it changed to an art house policy and was renamed Riviera Theatre, which had closed by 1952.
The building was converted into a furniture store and has since been demolished. A parking garage now sits on the site.
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