Burbank Theatre

207 S. San Fernando Road,
Burbank, CA 91502

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Architects: Henry J. Knauer

Previous Names: New Victory Theatre, Victory Theatre

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Victory Theatre, ca. 1919

The New Victory Theatre was opened on August 2, 1919 with William Farnum in “Riders of the Purple Sage”. It was renamed Burbank Theatre around 1932.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on December 11, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, April 1950:

BURBANK, CALIF-The Burbank Theater, one of four showcases operated here by Charles Minor, has gone dark. Minor explains that the current business outlook does not warrant it remaining open at this time. It is a 900-seat house. Minor will continue operating the Loma, Magnolia and Major theaters.

drb on April 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Did the Burbank Theatre used to be called the Victory Theatre? Here’s a 1919 photo from CSUN:

If that’s it, then this 1963 photo would be the marquee for the Burbank Theatre, now being used as an entrance sign for the Burbank Hotel

drb on May 16, 2010 at 12:20 am

Okay, this definitely used to be called the Victory Theatre. Here’s a good photo, until USC messes up all their links again (grumble)
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And Cinematour has a couple photos that used to also be on the Bijou Memories site, which is now defunct:

drb on December 14, 2010 at 1:04 am

Marquee on the very left:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2011 at 4:40 am

The Victory Theatre was designed by architect H. J. Knauer. He is best known for the numerous period style mansions he designed in such posh Los Angeles neighborhoods as Hancock Park and Windsor Square, as well as a number of Art Deco commercial buildings in and around Hollywood. He did design at least one other theater early in his career, a 1915 project on Vermont Avenue at 41st Place, but so far I’ve been unable to track down its name or address.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm

The December 10, 1938, issue of Boxoffice said that Al Minor had bought the Burbank Theatre from the Jimmy Edwards circuit. The acquisition gave Minor control of all three movie houses in Burbank.

Architect H. J. Knauer’s first name was Henry.

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