El Portal Theater, L.A. Smith, Architect c.1926
El Portal Theatre is a historic landmark in the San Fernando Valley located in the heart of North Hollywood. The theatre, originally built as a vaudeville house in 1926, sits across from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Art Institute of California-Hollywood.
Since its original opening in 1926 -- first for Vaudeville, then Silent Movies, and then Academy Award winning films, as the primo movie house in the valley -- the theatre has weathered the Jazz Age, the Depression, 4 wars, and finally the great earthquake of 1994. The lobbies boast luscious carpeting secured in 2004 from the now demised Los Angeles Shubert Theatre and comfortable new seats were installed in 2010.
After the earthquake the El Portal was meticulously rebuilt in the late 90's and opened in January of 2000, the once 1400-seat movie palace now houses three theatres -- the 42-seat Studio Theatre (the permanent home of Stuart Roger's Theatre Tribe); the 99-seat Forum Theatre, and the 360-seat Main Stage -- along with the Judith Kaufman Art Gallery, featuring many of Los Angeles’ top visual artists.
El Portal Theater is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 573) in 1993.
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