Maynard Theatre

2488 W. Washington Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90018

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Architects: Frank L. Stiff

Previous Names: United Arlington Theatre, Gem Theatre

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Maynard Theatre

The United Arlington Theatre was opened in 1914. In 1921 it was equipped with a Robert-Morton 2 manual 7 ranks organ.

Around 1929 it was renamed Gem Theatre. On September 23, 1936 it was renamed Maynard Theatre and closed in 1951. It was briefly reopened only to close again in 1953.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on November 4, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Here is a classified ad from the LA Times dated June 5, 1929


Will sell ½ interest in beautiful 600 seat house to honest, reliable person for $1,500 cash. Call at theater 7 to 9 pm 2488 W. Washington St.

raybradley on July 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm

This LIFE shot show that the Maynard was closed in 1951,
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raybradley on July 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Other clear views of the Maynard. A nice looking cinema!
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vokoban on July 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

The theater must have been called The Gem after the 1929 article posted above. This is from March 26, 1930 in the LA Times:

Six Drug Stores, Theater and Oil Station Declared to Have Been Held Up
Robbery of six drug stores, one theater and one oil station was confessed yesterday by Milton Wilkinson, 25 years of age, and Bert Slight, 21, both of 653-A Brooks avenue, Venice, according to Detective Lieutenants Heintelzman and Board.
The men were arrested on the 21st inst. by Officers Schmidt and Dorsey when they recognized the license number of the pair’s automobile as that reported by Joe Shea as having been on the car of two bandits who held him up in his drug store at 5851 West Boulevard on the 14th inst.
Identified by Shea, according to the detectives, the youths readily confessed and implicated themselves voluntarily in the other robberies. The theater hold-up was that of H.H. Hicks in the Gem Theater at 2488 West Washington Boulevard on the 16th inst.

matt54 on June 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

What is the name of the theatre under whose marquee canopy raybradley’s second photo of the Maynard is taken from?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2018 at 7:34 am

The letting of the general contract for the house that would open as the United Arlington Theatre was announced in the May 31, 1913 issue of Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer. Frank L. Stiff was the architect for the $15,000 project.

rivest266 on September 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

First LA Times ad as Maynard appeared on September 23rd, 1936.

Ossraa on March 7, 2023 at 10:14 pm

I just came across an LA Times circa Oct. 24, 1953 mentioning the Maynard Theater (2488 W. Washington Blvd.). It was showing the epic Russian fantasy Sadko.Apparently Maynard was open a little later than 1951 or had closed and reopened briefly?

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