Gentry Theatre

6525 Compton Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90001

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: Simeon Charles Lee

Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Fox Gentry Theatre

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Gentry Theater

Built on the site of the Sunbeam Theatre, which burnt down. The Fox Gentry Theatre opened in 1937 and was designed by noted architect S. Charles Lee. It was one of many theatres that was a part of the South Central.

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kencmcintyre on March 4, 2008 at 8:09 pm

How about Norway?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Army Girl received three Oscar nominations. Prison Break was snubbed by the Academy.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Prison Break was released in Denmark on February 9 of 1939, under the title Oprør i fængslet.

kencmcintyre on March 6, 2008 at 7:01 am

I went to that show. It was a blast.

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

Work has begun this week on three new Fox West Coast theaters for this territory. First of the trio is the Lugo, 650-seater in Bell, which is being scheduled for a March 1 opening. Ground was broken at 64th and Compton Boulevards, where the Sunbeam, a 1,000-seater, will be built and construction was also begun on the Hippodrome at Bakersfield.

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 3:24 pm

That may have been a proposed name, given the previous Sunbeam that was at that address.

kencmcintyre on March 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm

If you look at the 1938 photo from March 2008, you see the same portholes as the Vern in Los Angeles and the American in Newhall. All three are S. Charles Lee theaters, of course.

kencmcintyre on May 21, 2009 at 10:50 am

Here are some photos taken yesterday. I think the business is closed.

JerryP on May 11, 2015 at 8:31 am

I used to watch movies there in the early 1950s and would walk to Miramonte School at 68 Street from 59 Place passed it many times before it closed. The fancy sidewalk in front of the ticket booth is still there. It was a nice neighborhood theater as was the Fox Florence a few blocks south on Florence Ave. During the 1950s a young kid could walk to school or to theaters on weekends without trouoble from gangs. It was a great time to grow up in.

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