7907 Beverly Boulevard,
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Architects: Woodbury C. Pennell
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Fairfax Theatre, Fairfax 3 Cinemas
News About This Theater
- May 27, 2010 — June 3 Deadline: Letters needed to save the Fairfax Theatre
- Mar 21, 2010 — Redondo Beach Cinema 3 closure
- Jan 15, 2010 — Save the Fairfax Theater
- Jul 24, 2009 — All about the new Los Angeles Theater Center
- Nov 14, 2007 — Thanks for coming to our first meetup!
- Sep 26, 2006 — Laemmle closes Fairfax 3
The Fairfax Theatre was opened on March 26, 1930 with Rex Lease in “Troopers Three”. It was a 1,504 seat single screen with all seats on a single floor. It had a fully equipped stage and was designed for movies and vaudeville. By February 1935 it was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. Artistes who appeared on the stage include: Eddie Cantor, Gene Autry, Jack Carson, George Jessel, Lois Moran & Robert Alda. The stage was last used from November 25, 1969 to January 8, 1970 when the LA production of the risque revue “Oh! Calcutta!” was staged. It was raided by the police on December 18, 1969.
It was converted into a 3-screen theatre on December 25, 1981 with a capacity for 913-seats (499, 192 & 222-seats). The two smaller auditoriums were carved from the original auditorium’s rear, leaving the original screen, proscenium and organ grilles intact within the largest auditorium. It was taken over by Cineplex Odeon in April 1985 and was closed for a remodel, reopening on May 23, 1986, when they operated it as a discount house. Laemmle Theatres purchased and reopened it on November 2, 2001 after an interior makeover with new seats and new carpet were added. Extra wide seating was also added which reduced the cinema’s capacity to one screen with 422 seats and two others with 192 and 172 seats (total capacity 786-seats).
Laemmle, which has always attempted to preserve the original historic elements of its acquisitions, retained the theatre’s free-standing ticket window. The ticket booth is one of the last in the West Hollywood/Hollywood area. They also retained the Art Deco style stencilled ceiling in the large auditorium.
When Laemmle took over the Fairfax Theatre, the programming was changed to incorporate mostly art house and foreign films.
The Fairfax Theatre was closed by Laemmle Theatres in September 2006. However, it was taken over by Regency Theatres and reopened as a second-run arthouse. It was closed in late-February 2010, just short of its 80th birthday, when an extremely heavy rainstorm came through the ceiling in the auditorium (the roof had been a problem for several years and had not been fixed). In 2013, a City committee approved plans for a 71-apartment complex to be built, preserving the theatre façade, marquee and terrazzo floor at the entry, but demolishing the remainder of the building.
On December 7, 2021 the Los Angeles City Council voted to make the Fairfax Theatre a Historical-Cultural Monument. The auditorium and stage-house were demolished in September 2023.
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