Art Deco Separated at Birth #10 – United Artists Theaters

In 1986, I took a shot of the Four Star Theater on Wilshire Boulevard in L.A.  Then something strange happened. A year or so later, I was in a different part of the city…and there was the Four Star! Had someone moved it?

Long story short, the Four Star was originally one of five similarly designed United Artists theaters (“Unity and Artistry”).

Just two remain, and the Four Star isn’t one of them, having been converted to a church around 2007 and ultimately demolished last year. The remaining family members are in East L.A. and Pasadena. Things don’t look very promising for the East L.A. location, either.

Assembling this episode of Art Deco Separated at Birth, I noticed something unusual about the Four Star. Can you spot it?

Hint: being demolished is not the only thing that makes, or should I say, made the Four Star different.

Four Star SAB (1 of 3)

United Artists Four Star Theater, Los Angeles, December 1986

Four Star SAB (2 of 3)

United Artists Theater (now a discount store) East Los Angeles, CA

Four Star SAB (3 of 3)

United Artists Theater (now Angel’s School Supply) Pasadena, CA

Now, what makes the Four Star different?

Four Star SAB-Cropped (3 of 3)

Artistry and Unity

Four Star SAB-Cropped (2 of 3)

Unity and Artistry

Four Star SAB-Cropped (1 of 3)

Unity and Artistry

I’m sure there’s a simple explanation. But you would think that United Artists would want to stick with Unity and Artistry…and not the other way around.

And if you’re wondering what was playing back in ’86, the one movie poster I can make out is for Incident at Channel Q.

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