Liberty Theatre

136 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Chinese Theatre, Novelty Theatre

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Novelty Theatre

The Novelty Theatre was listed in the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with 350 seats. It was located at 136 S. Main Street.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Looks like 134 was the address of the flop house next door where you could hire a bed for fifteen cents. Doing a search of the library’s photo collection using “Novelty Theatre” I found another smaller, cropped and blurry) version of the same picture, and its info page gives a date of 1938 and an address of 136 S. Main. I don’t know why the library has two different versions of the same picture.

kencmcintyre on June 25, 2007 at 3:44 pm

I found a 1905 ad for the Novelty Theater at 523 S. Main. I posted a comment on the Gaiety page.

kencmcintyre on July 3, 2007 at 7:34 pm

The LA Times noted in 1948 that Mexican films were being shown at the Liberty, California and Mason theaters.

kencmcintyre on August 11, 2007 at 11:51 pm

Here is another photo, probably around the same time as the first one I posted:

kencmcintyre on August 23, 2007 at 4:09 pm

What kind of films was the Liberty showing in April 1942? Not Disney, apparently. The ad is from the LA Times:

reluctantpopstar on February 13, 2008 at 11:38 am

Based on all the evidence provided above, it looks like the 136 S. Main location was not The Liberty until around 1942, when it was showing porno, or whatever the 1940’s equivalent to porno was.
Who knows how long it lasted after that? As late as 1938 it was oeprating as the Novelty, showing 5 movies plus a serial for a nickel.
It seems like the 262 S. Main location was the Liberty much earlier, around 1910, lasting until..??? This was the theater with the elegant arch shown in the postcard.
Wish I could have gone to the Novelty, with its cheap-ass appearance and program of cheesy B-westerns. Looks like it was a lot of fun. Before my time. Even my Dad was only 7 years old at this time.

kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm

In 1942 the Chinese was at 136 S. Main, according to the city directory of that year.

kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 6:14 pm

The same directory also lists the Novelty at 136 S. Main in 1942.

MagicLantern on July 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

All new buildings up and down the block now.

rivest266 on March 13, 2021 at 11:34 am

Listings in La Opinion, the Spanish-language started in 1943.

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