Warner Grand Theatre

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Warner Grand Theatre
Warner Grand Theater, San Pedro.JPG
Warner Grand Theater, 2008
Address 478 W. 6th St.
San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
United States
Owner City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
Type movie palace
Current use cinema and live event venue
Opened 20 January 1931 (1931-01-20)


Warner Grand Theatre
Warner Grand Theatre is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Warner Grand Theatre
Warner Grand Theatre is located in California
Warner Grand Theatre
Warner Grand Theatre is located in the US
Warner Grand Theatre
Coordinates 33°44′19″N 118°17′29″W / 33.73861°N 118.29139°W / 33.73861; -118.29139Coordinates: 33°44′19″N 118°17′29″W / 33.73861°N 118.29139°W / 33.73861; -118.29139
Architect B. Marcus Priteca
Architectural style Art Deco, Moderne
NRHP Reference # 98001633[1]
LAHCM # 251
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 21, 1999
Designated LAHCM August 25, 1982

The Warner Grand Theatre is an historic movie palace that opened on January 20, 1931. It is located in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, at 478 West 6th Street.

The design of the Warner Grand Theatre was a collaboration by architect B. Marcus Priteca and interior designer Anthony Heinsbergen, in the Art DecoModerne style. It was one of three similarly lavish Los Angeles area Art Deco movie palaces on which Priteca and Heinsbergen collaborated for the Warner Bros. company in the early 1930s. The others were located in Beverly Hills and Huntington Park. Priteca later designed Hollywood's famous Pantages Theatre.

The Warner Beverly Hills Theatre has been demolished, and the Huntington Park Warner, closed for many years, has been extensively altered, leaving the Grand as the last of the three original theaters remaining intact. By the mid-1990s it had suffered a lengthy period of neglect, despite having been declared a historical and cultural monument of the city in 1982.

Adjusting the sign on the Warner Grand marquis

The theater was facing possible demolition or re-development when, in 1995, a local group of activists formed the Grand Vision Foundation to work for the preservation of the historic building. Their efforts were successful when the theater was purchased by the Cultural Affairs Department (later renamed the Department of Cultural Affairs) of the City of Los Angeles in 1996. Efforts to both restore and program the theater have been ongoing since the acquisition. That same year, the Grand Vision Foundation incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, to preserve and promote the Warner Grand Theatre. In 1999, the Warner was added to the National Register of Historic Places as building #98001633.

Warner Grand Theatre currently hosts foreign films, art films, and family films presented by Cinema Grand, Grand Vision Foundation, the Los Angeles Harbor International Film Festival, and the San Pedro International Film Festival.

Jack L. Warner called it "The Castle of Your Dreams". The Warner Grand Theatre has also been used as a location in some movies, including Remote Control (1988) and Pearl Harbor (2001).

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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