Embassy Theatre

15401 S. Vermont Avenue,
Gardena, CA 90247

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Opened in 1929, it was closed around 1946. The spot on which the Embassy Theatre sat became the Embassy Palace, the Eldorado Club, and ultimately, the Hustler Casino.

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kencmcintyre on June 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Is the Hustler building the former theater? I thought that was new construction.

MagicLantern on June 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I can’t tell, but it seems like they just updated the old El Dorado building, which may itself be an upgrade of the Embassy.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 20, 2010 at 3:20 am

Southwest Builder & Contractor of May 18, 1928, said that H. L. Batey was building a theater on the west side of Vermont Avenue between 153rd and Magnolia Street in Gardena (153rd Street is now Redondo Beach Boulevard.) The entire 15300-15400 block now shows as a single parcel on the Assessor’s office web site, with a construction date of 2001. But Mr. Batey’s 1928 project (probably completed in 1929) must have been the Embassy.

Boxoffice of October 5, 1940, said that Laraine Valuskis had taken over the Embassy Theatre at Gardena from J. Reese. That’s the only mention of the house I’ve been able to find in Boxoffice.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm

The Google Satellite Photo looks like all new construction. Photos and more info on the Embassy could help to decide what’s what.

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