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In the Theaters -- March 14, 1937

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The Carthay Circle was a dream of a movie theater, it's architecture and placement exquisite. It was so beautiful that sometimes I think it didn't actually exist. Yet there it is, again in print.

"take the wilshire bus or red car"

The wilshire bus option would have required walking a couple of blocks. But the Red Car ran right up San Vincente Blvd. in front of the Carthay Circle Theater. The San Vincente streetcars would only run a few more years after 1937. The Wilshire buses however still run to this day.

Definitely a pre-freeway ad. What would they put on a Carthay Circle theatre ad during the 1960's? "Free parking"(?) "Take the 10 freeway to Fairfax and make a left on San Vincente"(?)

There would be no newspaper ads after the 1960's since the theater was torn down at the end of the decade. A nondescript office building occupies the site now.

The theater looks like a miniature San Simeon. I suspect William Randoph Hearst had a financial interest in it (and in the real estate in the surrounding area).

A statue of a man panning for gold can be seen in many pictures of the Carthay Circle Theater across San Vincente in a small public park. It went up about the same time as the Theater in the mid 1920's. "The miner" was in the news about a year ago when it was stolen from that location and then found again by the LAPD in a junk yard cut in half.


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