The Steve Allen Playhouse

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The Steve Allen Playhouse
  • La Mirada Theatre
  • Filmarte Theatre
Address 1228 North Vine Street
Hollywood, California
United States
Coordinates 34°05′36″N 118°19′36″W / 34.0934501°N 118.3266188°W / 34.0934501; -118.3266188Coordinates: 34°05′36″N 118°19′36″W / 34.0934501°N 118.3266188°W / 34.0934501; -118.3266188
Capacity 900

The Steve Allen Playhouse was an old vaudeville theater in Hollywood, California. Located at 1228 North Vine Street, on the corner of La Mirada, it was originally named the La Mirada Theatre, and later the Filmarte Theatre.[1]


The building opened in 1906 as the La Mirada Theatre. In 1929, as the Filmarte Theatre, it was a movie house showing only non-American films, catering to the "various foreign colonies in east Los Angeles. Russians from Boyle Heights were among its best customers."[2] It is the theater where Bob Hope performed his first stand-up act. The You Bet Your Life television program, starring Groucho Marx, was filmed there in the 1950s.[citation needed]

From 1962 to 1964 it became the Steve Allen Playhouse, where Steve Allen re-created Jack Paar's The Tonight Show as a new late-night The Steve Allen Show. It was syndicated by Westinghouse Broadcasting.

The building was reportedly owned by disco recording star Donna Summer in the 1970s.

During a renovation in 1990 the entire interior of the building burned, and it was later demolished.[3] The site is now occupied by a mental health clinic.

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  1. ^ Gabel, William. "Filmarte Theatre". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "American Films Not Shown Here". 14 December 1929. 
  3. ^ Smith, Ron (20 July 1990). "Fire Destroys Hollywood Studio". Los Angeles Times. 

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