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Hollywood's First Theaters

Hollywood’s First Theater

The first theater to grace Hollywood was the Idyl Hour theater.  Located at 6526 Hollywood Blvd., it opened in late 1910 or early 1911. During the first year the theater was little more than a converted store with chairs, a projector and a screen.  The Idyl Hour, whose name was changed to the Iris Theater in 1913, moved to 6415 Hollywood Blvd. In 1914, and to a new 1000 seat theater at 6508 Hollywood Blvd. in 1918.




Hollywood Theater

The second theater was appropriately, the Hollywood Theater and was located on the south side of Hollywood Blvd, just east of Highland Ave. It opened in 1913, had a capacity of 700 and charged 10 cents for general admission, 15 cents for loge seats and a nickel for children.  At those prices it prospered and, until, the 1980, was the oldest theater in Hollywood.

By the mid-teens, the American public realized that motion pictures were not just a fad.  As motion pictures gained in popularity, more and more movie theaters were built on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard. 


Movie Palaces

By the 1920s, movies were so popular that larger theaters were needed to accommodate the ever growing audiences.  These large theaters became known as “Movie Palaces”,not only because of their size, but also because of their grandeur and ornate features. Between 1922 and 1930, Hollywood built five beautiful movie palaces on Hollywood Boulevard.  They were the Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, El Capitan Theater, Warner Bros. Theater and the Pantages Theater.


Photographs of all these theaters, and more, can be seen and purchased on the web site


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