AKA: Alex Theatre, Glendale, CA; Alexander Theater, Glendale, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Lee, S. Charles Architect (firm); Lindley and Selkirk, Architecture and Engineering (firm); Simeon Charles Lee (architect); Arthur George Lindley ; Charles R. Selkirk (architect)

Dates: constructed 1925

216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203-2610

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The original architects of the Alexander Theatre in 1924-25 were Arthur G. Lindley and Charles R. Selkirk. They designed the Alex in the Art Deco Style. As a first-run movie house, the Alex closed in 1991.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, level of significance: Local. The Alex hosted vaudeville troupes into the 1930s and movie previews into the 1960s.

S. Charles Lee performed a thorough renovation of the Alex in 1939-1940; the theatre's front facade was re-worked ("modernized") by Lee, who added an advertising tower at that time. Despite efforts to tear the building down, the Glendale Redevelopment Agency bought the Alex Theatre in 1992 for $6.2 million in order to renovate it.

National Register of Historic Places (February 16, 1996): 96000102 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 3202