Lost Angeles: Carthay Circle Theatre

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2007/10/carthaycircletheater-thumb.jpgBy trade, my father was an architect, so I grew up with an appreciation for the architecture around me. Every so often, I come across stories or pictures of buildings that are no longer standing, and I am struck by the sense of loss I feel for buildings I have never even seen.

This week, I was doing some research and came across some information about the original Snow White animated film. It premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre, one of the most important movie palaces of the day.

According to Cinema Treasures, the Carthay Circle Theatre was located at 6316 San Vicente Boulevard and was in the style of “mission revival.” The Carthay Circle was the site of many premieres and was part of the Fox Theatre empire. It was torn down in the early 1970s.

Today, it looks like an office building stands at that site.

I guess the Carthay Circle is just another piece of Lost Angeles I wish I could have known.

4 thoughts on “Lost Angeles: Carthay Circle Theatre”

  1. It was indeed a great treasure. It was the location that Walt Disney used to premiere his films such as Snow White. I saw my first movie there, Mary Poppins, when I was a wee lad. Now, at the corner of San Vicente and Crescent Heights are some boxy buildings instead.

    And, yes, the replica will be the new iconic entrance to Disney’s California Adventure.

    I understand that a different version of the replica may also exist in Orlando.

    Another lost treasure, of course, is the Pan Pacific Auditorium. Disney has also used that architecture as a model in its theme parks.

  2. Nice article and many thanks to Joe for his link to mousevine. The new entrance to CA Adventure looks amazing using the Carthay Circle as a model. Certainly understand they need to do something to increase visitors to CA Adventure but a nice entrance I don’t think will be enough.

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