Globe Theatre

204 W. 6th Street,
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Architects: Arthur Lawrence Valk

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Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre was opened on January 22, 1913. It was closed on October 28, 1962 with the exploitation documentary “Forbidden Paradise”.

I saw a few buildings on Pacific Avenue yesterday that looked like former theatres. The Times only refers to the Globe Theatre as a "downtown theatre".

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MagicLantern on July 14, 2007 at 6:46 am

Barten or Barton? The San Pedro Ballet School is at 1231 South Pacific, and La Zona Rosa is at 1331 South Pacific, so it’s not the Fox Cabrillo, Globe or Strand (same as the Mark Strand?).

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 11:39 am

The Mexican bar could have been anything. The ballet school might have been a supermarket. Some car dealerships from the 40s were built like that as well, except the front of the building would be glass.

kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 4:27 pm

The Globe was torn down in 1971. Here is a 1928 photo:

Glory on May 30, 2008 at 12:05 am

My mom and dad met at the Globe when she was a young lass. She said she went to see a movie by Tyrone Power’s Blood and Sand there. When I saw the picture I kind of remember it… but I mostly remember the Strand and Cabrillo on 7th St. I will post there as well. As a teen I would hang out mostly at the Warner Fox on 6th near Pacific.

Glory on May 30, 2008 at 12:10 am

There were 2 car dealerships that I can remember. There was the one at 19th on Pacific… a Ford dealership that started with an S. Then there was one on 17th and Pacific that had cars showing in a big window. I remember seeing the cars in that window and wishing I could have one. The Ballet School on 12th/Pacific use to be a furniture store. On 13th use to be Rexall drug store where we’d go in and get malts and shakes.

RayKaufman on July 16, 2008 at 12:05 am

Having lived in San Pedro, AKA, “Peedro” for many years, let me shed a bit of light on the photos and theatres.

First, the photos. The first picture, of the ballet school was originally a very well known Norwegian bakery called Olaf Christianson’s, followed by the dance school. The bakery had been such since at least the fifties, if not earlier. The La Rosa bar was originally the Dancing Waters Club and is famous in its own right as this was Jake Lamada’s Florida nightclub in the film Raging Bull. The sign, still on the building front, though repainted for today’s use is the same sign seen in the film.

On to the theatre’s. The Strand was Fox’s move over house for the Cabrillo and was located at the corner of Pacific and 11th St. It was razed to allow for expanded parking for what’s today a bank. The Barton Hill was probably the smallest of the theatres in San Pedro, situated mid-block on the west side of Pacific between 2nd St. and Santa Cruz. In its last incarnation as a theatre, it was known as the Star, but only for a very short time and then for live events, largely community based. The Globe Theatre was on the northwest corner of Sixth and Palos Verdes St. and was razed, as previously noted.

Well known and written about frequently are the Warner Bros. San Pedro, now Warner Grand and the Fox Cabrillo. I believe these five were the only “movie” theatres. I had the opportunity to access the Sanborn maps, which I believe are still available online at the LA Public Library, but you have to have a library card to access them. In 1912, or there abouts, there were three other theatres drawn in, but these weren’t necessarily movie theatres. Hope this solves some history for those curious souls.

gap on August 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Having been born n rasied in San Pedro, let me add to the photos and car dealers. The Ballet School was a furniture store before it became a bakery. The La Rosa Bar was the 13th Street bowling alley. It had 8 lanes with a snack bar on one side and a cocktail lounge on the other. The Rexall drug store was La Rue’s Pharmacy, which up until it closed, had a working soda fountain which was featured in several movies. The 2 car dealerships on Pacific Ave were Soderstrom Ford and Seaboard Chevrolete.
I remember the Globe in the 50’s and 60’s. But I did not go inside. I also remember the Grand. But I forget where it was. I thought it was near the Fox Cabrillo on 7th and Grand.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2009 at 1:46 am

Here’s evidence of another movie house in San Pedro, from The Music Trade Review of April 14, 1917: “The Wm. L. Glockner Music Co. reports the sale of a Wurlitzer orchestra, Style Y-O, to the Empire Motion Picture Theatre, San Pedro, Cal.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm

The July 13, 1912, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the Globe Theatre:


“Luke Kelley will erect on his property at Pablos [sic] Verdes and Sixth Street, San Pedro, Cal., for the Globe Amusement Company, a $55,000 moving picture theater to be known as the Globe Theater No. 5. This house will have large rooms over the auditorium, and will be one of the most beautiful structures in San Pedro. The architect is A. Lawrence Valk.”

A follow-up item appeared in the issue of July 20:
“San Pedro, Cal. — A. Lawrence Valk has completed plans for a $20,000 two-story brick moving picture theater building to be built on the corner of 6th and Palos Verdes Sts., for Luke Kelly.”
The September 7 issue had an item about the Globe Amusement Company itself:
“Announcement that the Globe Amusement Company has acquired another motion picture theater, making six in all, was made this week. The new house is the Starland Theater, located on the $1,000,000 Frazer pier at Ocean Park. It is one of the finest motion picture houses in California. J. M. Boland, former owner of the house, is to be retained as resident manager. The Globe Amusement Company is planning to build or acquire and to operate, 15 houses in and around Los Angeles. No. 1 is at Fifth and Los Angeles Streets, No. 2 at Central Avenue and Jefferson Street, No. 3 at Sunset Boulevard and Echo Park road, No. 4 at 18th and Main Streets and No. 5 at Sixth and Palos Verdes Street. All except the last named, which is in San Pedro, are in Los Angeles proper.”
Architect Arthur Lawrence Valk began practicing in New York City around 1885, as junior partner in has father’s firm, L. B. Valk & Son. His father, Lawrence B. Valk, was best known for his church designs, some of which were built as far afield as Louisiana, Ohio, and Michigan. By 1904, the Valks had moved to Los Angeles. There the firm continued to specialize in churches, but by 1913 Arthur Valk had become well enough known for his work on movie theaters to have been called a “motion picture specialist” by trade journal Southwest Contractor & Manufacturer.

Among his other movie houses were the Argus Theatre (later the Strand) in Santa Barbara, and the Sunbeam Theatre in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles. As he also designed the Globe Theatre # 2 (later the Florence Mills Theatre), it’s possible that he designed other projects for the Globe Amusement Company, perhaps including the Globe # 1 at Fifth and Los Angeles Streets and the Globe # 3 (Holly Theatre) in Echo Park. If the Globe # 4 at 18th and Main is listed at Cinema Treasures under another name, I can’t find it.

dallasmovietheaters on November 7, 2019 at 9:02 am

The Globe Theatre launched on January 22, 1913. Silent films were discontinued on March 15, 1930 with “The Last Performance” and sound equipment was installed. The final showings for the Globe were with burlesque and art films. It closed October 28, 1962 with the film, “Forbidden Paradise.” Days later, it appeared in a forced auction including all interior items and exterior signage.

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