Lake Theatre

2118 W. 7th Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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Functions: Restaurant, Retail

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Lake Theatre

Along side the Fox Westlake Theatre and the Park Theatre and the Vagabond Theatre. The Lake Theatre, opened possibly in the 1920’s, also once served the movie going public around Mac Arthur Park in Los Angeles. The Lake Theatre was still open in 1967. It was converted into retail use and by 2021 is a Pollo Campero restaurant and a Metro by T Mobile store.

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johnbosley on May 12, 2004 at 12:48 pm

The lake theatre can be seen in the movie “a patch of blue” it’s playing a peter sellars film also you can see the alvarado (briefly)

kencmcintyre on April 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Joe, can you check the assessor’s records on this building? I think it’s the original. Thanks.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2008 at 8:33 pm

The assessor’s office says that the 6750 sq. ft. building at 2118 W. 7th Street was erected in 1923. That’s definitely old. I passed by the Lake many times and looked right at it, but I can’t get a clear picture of it in my mind. There’s just a vague impression of a small marquee and the name in slightly rounded letters. I think it was still open into the 1980s and was showing Spanish language movies. I can’t find it listed in either the 1971 or the 1986 papers I have, though.

kencmcintyre on April 21, 2008 at 8:39 pm

So it’s not demolished, then.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm

If the listed address is correct, then the building is still there.

kencmcintyre on March 19, 2009 at 9:17 am

This item was in Boxoffice magazine in January 1960:

LOS ANGELES-N.P. “Red” Jacobs, president of Favorite Films of California and operator of the local Lake Theater, has purchased the Westlake Theater and building at Alvarado and Wilshire. He assumed active operation as of December 30.

Jacobs acquired the Westlake from Fox West Coast Theaters. The circuit had operated the 1,900-seat film house for many years.

PackerBacker on March 2, 2018 at 4:20 pm

It can also be seen in Dagnet 1967 -S1E5, “The Masked Bandits”. So it was still an operating Theatre then.

DavidZornig on July 24, 2021 at 7:59 am

Lake Theatre in “A Patch of Blue” at 10:06 in the below video of filming locations. It was a Carl’s Jr' and Subway when the current comparison shot was done in 2018. Second link has a photo from filming.

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