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Criterion Theatre (Demolished)

The Kinema Theatre opened in 1917 with a Cecil B. DeMille photoplay titled "The Woman God Forgot."

In 1923, the building was gutted, rebuilt in a Byzantine style to seat over 1,800, and renamed the Criterion (the Fox chain took it over soon thereafter). In the 1930s, it was remodeled and renamed again as the Grand International.

Despite its location, about four blocks from the bustling Broadway theatre district, the International had a reputation as a bellwether for success. If a movie failed there, it generally failed everywhere.

It was razed in 1941 to make way for a parking lot.

Photo by Michael Locke

Vista Theatre

Located on Sunset Drive where Sunset Boulevard becomes Hollywood Boulevard, the Vista Theatre was originally known as the Lou Bard Playhouse or Bard's Hollywood. The theatre, designed by noted theatre architect Lewis A. Smith, is a unique combination of decorative styles - a Spanish Colonial Revival exterior and an Egyptian-themed interior.
Photo by Richard Langendorf

San Fernando Building

The 1907 San Fernando Building was developed by James B. Lankershim, one of California’s largest landholders. In 2000, the building was the first adaptive reuse housing project developed by Gilmore Associates as part of the creation of the Old Bank District.