We pretty much live and die for Art Deco theatres, and the Warner Grand San Pedro Theatre is no exception. Next weekend on November 8th, the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation will be hosting an “All About” tour at the Warner Grand, and we were able to get a great preview of the handsome Deco interior.
Of the original Warner Bros theatres, Warner Grand is the only theatre still under the Warner name to remain intact and in operation, with the Beverly Hills location demolished in 1988 and the Huntington Park and the Pacific Hollywood twinned (split into multiple screens) and abandoned for the last few decades.
Opening in January 1931, the Warner Grand was the first theatre equipped with sound in the South Bay. All three of the Warners were built by notable architect B. Marcus Priteca, each with their own signature Art Deco starburst designs that covered the ceilings in immense detail. Priteca built hundreds of theatres across the country, including the Hollywood Pantages and the downtown Pantages (which later became a Warner). The theatre was run by Warner Bros. until the ’50s, and the Stanley Warner Corporation took over until 1968. It was then run as a Spanish-language movie house called “Teatro Juarez,” from the late ’70s through the late ’80s.
In 1996, the City of Los Angeles purchased the theatre and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as a City of LA Historic Landmark. The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs continues to operate and program the theatre with live shows and occasionally classic and foreign film screenings.
LAHTF’s All About is a great opportunity to explore the theater (including backstage and the projection booth) in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be possible for the public.
The tour starts at 10AM on November 8th. You can find tickets for the event here.
If you aren’t able to make it to the tour, you can find more in-depth info on the Warner Grand San Pedro here.
Hollywood Heritage and LAHTF will also be partnering up on November 12th for a presentation on Warner Bros. Theatres in L.A. Tickets available here.
478 W. 6th St,
San Pedro, CA 90731