Esquire Theatre

419 N. Fairfax Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Additional Info

Architects: Clifford A. Balch

Functions: Restaurant

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Canter's Faifax (Former Esquire)

The Esquire Theatre was opened on May 27, 1937. It was converted into the second home of Canter’s Deli in 1953 after it moved from its original location.

Canter’s is still a popular local, late night deli near CBS Studios, the famous Farmer’s Market, the Silent Movie Theatre, and the Fairfax Theatre.

The deli’s tall ceiling is one of the few clues visitors can find of its original use.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 37 comments)

kencmcintyre on January 23, 2009 at 10:25 am

If you put 420 N. Fairfax in the Google search, you will be in the right spot. If you put in 419 N., it shows you a location several miles away, for unknown reasons.

kencmcintyre on February 12, 2009 at 11:14 am

This is a March 1940 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on March 6, 2009 at 9:27 am

Here is a photo taken last night:

Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:21 am

What remains inside of this theater, if anything>?

ChasSmith on July 3, 2011 at 8:40 am

Well I’ll be damned. Go ahead and laugh, but I lived in L.A. for 17 years and ate in Canter’s a number of times without ever knowing it had been a theater. But now I do, thanks to the latest photo upload. Amazing.

adamghost on November 24, 2013 at 2:30 am

The only part that still looks like a theater is the restroom area on the second floor.

rivest266 on September 12, 2019 at 3:58 pm

This opened on May 27th, 1937. Grand opening ad posted.

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