Starland Theatre

Fraser Avenue, Ocean Park,
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 15, 2023 at 11:19 pm

This item from the September 7, 1912 issue of Moving Picture World notes a new owner for the Starland Theatre, but the new owner’s timing would prove to have been quite unfortunate:

“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.”
The item was somewhat belated, as the site of the Starland Theatre, Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier, which had officially opened on the weekend of June 17, 1911, was destroyed by a fire on September 3, 1912, four days before the article was published. The adjacent business area of five square blocks was also consumed by the flames.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 18, 2010 at 6:54 am

An item in the November 6, 1910, issue of the Los Angeles Herald said that W.H. Clune and associates were planning a theater on Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier, and that the syndicate had secured exclusive rights to present vaudeville and movies at the pier. The theater must have been the Starland. The plans for the project were being drawn by architect A. F. Rosenheim.

raybradley on October 22, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Starland is #16 in this 1912 map of Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier -
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