When the Laurel Theater at 8056 Beverly Blvd (near the intersection of Beverly and Laurel Ave) opened in March of 1941, it received the requisite splashy Hollywood treatment with searchlights. I think it’s a shame we don’t seem to build theaters with striking neon lighting much anymore. Even a minor theater like the Laurel—their debut picture, I Wanted Wings, is one I’ve never even heard of—got the fancy neon treatment.
The building appears to still be there, albeit unrecognizable. It’s now a synagogue, which is what a lot of the old theaters around have been converted to, i.e. a church of some kind. Has that happened in other cities, too, or is it more of an LA phenomenon?