AKA: Beverly Theater, Beverly Hills, CA; Fiorucci Store, Beverly Hills, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Smith, L.A., Architect (firm); Lewis Arthur Smith (architect)

Dates: constructed 1924-1925

202 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212-3807

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This was the first movie theatre built in the booming suburb of Beverly Hills, CA; Realtor Dennis M. Quinlan (1881-1944) commissioned the Los Angeles theatre specialist, Lewis A. Smith, to design the 1,270-seat Beverly Theatre in 1924-1925; the first floor featured four storefronts, the second having two studio spaces; the original owner controlled the property until 1936; the Fox West Coast Theatre chain leased the venue from the 1930s until at least 1953; the Amusement Corporation of America became the next leasee in the 1960s; Elio Fiorucci opened a clothing store in some of the commercial space from 1978 until the early 1980s;

This Mughal Revival Style theatre was distinguished by the onion-dome on its roof, its minarets and ogee arched bays.

Smith originally designed the interior to have an Asian flavor; this was updated to an Art Deco interior at a later date; a Fiorucci clothing store occupied the interior of the Beverly Theatre from the late 1970s into the 1980s.

Demolished 08/2005, to make room for the Beverly Hills Gardens and Montage Hotel;

PCAD id: 2409