AKA: Hawaii Theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA; Hawaii Music Hall, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Hastings, Howard, Incorporated, General Contractor (firm); Moeller, Carl G., Interior Designer (firm); Smale, Clarence J., Architect (firm); Howard Hastings (building contractor); Carl Gerhardt Moeller (architectural designer); Quinn (building contractor); Clarence J. Smale (architect)

Dates: constructed 1939-1940

5941 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

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Albert Galston and Jay Sutton owned the Hawaii Theatre, Los Angeles, and were known for their outlandish promotions to publicize it. Silent movie comedian, Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) embedded a pair of his trademark glasses in the Hawaii's concrete floor. Exhibitors stopped showing movies in c. 1964, when a Salvation Army Thrift Store moved into the building. One article in the Los Angeles Times of 1939 indicated that "Howard Hastings, Incorporated," was the General Contractor, while a 1940 article in the same newspaper called the contractors "Hastings-Quinn, Incorporated." The articles refer to Carl G. Moeller being the designer, with Clarence J. Smale, being a "Consulting Architect."

The Hawaii Theatre featured a novel structural design, with the arched roof beams located on the outside of the auditorium's ceiling. Jack Coudy was the Hawaii's first manager in 1940. The theme of the building reflected the period's popular fascination for the Hawaiian Islands and its ambiance of leisure. This interest became acutely focused a year later, following 12/07/1941.

PCAD id: 12088