Graham Theatre

1703 E. Firestone Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90001

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The Graham Theatre in the Florence-Graham area of South Central Los Angeles was opened by 1929. On nearby Compton Avenue (8607 Compton Avenue) and Firestone Boulevard, stood the Kinema Theatre, now gone.

The Graham Theatre once contained a 2 manual 4 rank style B Wurlitzer Opus 860 that was reposessed by the company and moved to the first Hanford Theatre, Hanford, CA. This little organ was enlarged by Louis A. Maas Company of LA and moved to the new Fox Hanford Theatre in 1930. The Graham Theatre was closed in 1934.

Contributed by Tom DeLay

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raubre on July 30, 2006 at 9:10 pm

Is the theater closed?

kencmcintyre on June 21, 2007 at 3:44 am

The Gentry at 6525 Compton is still standing. I will try and swing by the area to check out this theater as well. The description puts it somewhere around 86th and Compton.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2008 at 7:12 am

The 1929 L.A. City Directory has the Graham Theatre listed at 1703 E. Firestone Boulevard, which would be at the northeast corner of Firestone and Graham Avenue. The building on the site now is a small commercial structure for which the County Assessor’s office gives a construction date of 1946, with an addition dating from 1964. The lot next door is vacant. Looks like the Graham Theatre is long gone.

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