115 N. La Brea Avenue,
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Previously operated by: National General Theatres
Architects: Carl Boller
Firms: Boller Brothers
The Inglewood Theater was located on La Brea Avenue, one block West of Market Street, near the Fox and UA Theaters. It may have been a former vaudeville house.
The Inglewood had an ecclectic booking policy, showing first-run, second-run, and art films from week to week. Inside, there was a balcony that was open from time to time.
“On one occasion, I saw "The Cardinal" (a religious drama) and "Bikini Beach" - on the same program! One Sunday, I saw "Topkapi" and a drunk man sitting nearby was contributing Mystery Science Theater style dialogue; he was better than the movie.
“Other weeks, I couldn’t go to the theater because I was too young to see films like "Lord Love A Duck." (I got my dad to take me to the Olympic Drive In to see that one.)
.“The Inglewood closed over Memorial Day weekend in 1969; the last program was a Disney double feature. I remember seeing two men tearing out the poster cases from the entryway. Then, I walked over to the Ritz (it may have been remodeled into the Cine by that time) to see a biker film called "The Hellcats," but I got so down over the Inglewood’s closing that I didn’t go in.
“The building was demolished soon after to accomodate a failed redesign project for the downtown area of the city. The theater was operated by Fox West Coast, then National General. Of the six theaters in the city, the Inglewood was the first to be intentionally closed and demolished.”
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