39h 634-642 S Alvarado Ave - Westlake Theater - Mission & Spanish Colonial (E)
National Register of Historic Places No. 09001200
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 546
634-642 S Alvarado Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Richard D Bates, Jr (Original Structure)
S Charles Lee (Rennovation)
Anthony Heinsbergen (Murals)
"Opened in 1926, the theater had seating for 1,949 patrons and was used for both motion pictures and vaudeville shows. It was built at a reported cost of $750,000. It was designed by Richard D. Bates, Jr., with an exterior in a Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival style. The facade features cast stone Churrigueresque detailing of floral patterns and cartouche relief. The interior contains Adamesque references and murals by Anthony Heinsbergen. Exterior renovations in 1935 were designed by the noted theater architect S. Charles Lee and included an Art Deco ticket kiosk made of red-painted metal, unvarnished aluminum and glass, new lobby doors, and terrazzo sunburst paving in the foyer and front sidewalk. One of the theater's intact features is an original steel-frame, three-story neon sign that reads 'WESTLAKE THEATRE'."
Note: The building was apparently sold to the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), with the intent of restoration. However, now that all CRA's have been disbanded, the future of this historic theater is once again in question.