Photo from the Ken Roe collection
4315 Melrose Ave|
East Hollywood (Los Angeles) CA 90029
|Record #25028 |
Current Use: Community Center
Capacity: 880 seats|
Architect(s): EEB Meinardus
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Jensons Melrose|
Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.
This was project of Henry C. Jenson who had already built Jenson's Raymond Theatre in Pasadena in 1921. This opened as Jenson's Melrose Theatre, a 'better class' neighbourhood theatre which had a 10 piece orchestra and a Link 2 Manual/4Rank organ which accompanied the silent films.
It was taken over and operated for most of its use as a movie theatre by Fox West Coast Theatres and in the mid 1950's they used the Melrose Theatre as a facility to develop their Cinemiracle 3 projector wide screen process. Only one film was produced in Cinemiracle "Windjammer" (which premiered at Gaumanns Chinese Theatre, Hollywood in 1958). The rival widescreen process company 'Cinerama' took over the 'Cinemiracle' process and shelved it.
The Melrose Theatre closed in 1959 and was purchased and converted into the Ukrainian Cultural Centre which remains in the building today.
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Last featured 6/12/2005. Last edited 3/6/2010.