Friday, February 05, 2010

Vintage Photo Friday

Picwood Theater, 10872 Pico Blvd., West L.A.,
Corner of Pico and Westwood Blvds.

From the BibliOdyssey Blog: The Picwood was designed as a neighborhood theater by architect S. Charles Lee, built in 1948. The design epitomized the modern post-war aesthetic, which required simple lines, inexpensive building materials and quick construction to satisfy the post-war boom. The simple curved pylon was a landmark in the flat landscape of one- and two-story buildings.

When I was younger, this was a major hangout. The bowling alley and coffee shop next door to the theater was a meeting place for kids from the Westside. One of the first movies I saw here was "West Side Story" (1961). One of the last was "The Jazz Singer" (1980) with Neil Diamond. This was a one-screen rare in today's movie houses. The seats were big and roomy. From the 60's thru the 80's, the decor was gold, modern and glitzy. You can see, by the photo below, that the curved pylon was shortened and the decorative panels with the dingbat starburst were added for a more modern exterior.

This entire complex was demolished in 1985 to make way for the extension to the Westside Pavillion Mall. This extension still houses a theater complex (Landmark Theaters) and a various other shops. Sigh.

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At 1:39 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty sure I remember waiting in line for, like, *hours* to get into one of the Star Wars movies here when I was a teenager - only to fall asleep during the movie, because I was so bored :)

At 4:43 PM PST, Anonymous Nixols said...

More pics:

At 5:44 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is always sad to see a landmark torn down. Happy VPF!

At 6:36 PM PST, Blogger Jean said...

Cool photos, nice to look at something other than rain today.

At 9:44 AM PST, Blogger Natalie said...

sigh is right.


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