It's not just a landmark, it's a destination.

About

History

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September 4, 1925

The Alexander Theatre opened as a Vaudeville house and movie palace.

1920s-1950s

The Theatre served as a preview house for major Hollywood studio films, drawing the most glamorous stars of its day, including Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, Bing Crosby, and
Barbara Stanwyck.

1940

The iconic marquee and 100-foot tall Art Deco neon tower with chasing colored lights and sparkling sphere were added to the exterior. The Theatre’s name was officially shortened to “Alex”.

1991

After screening first-run blockbuster films such as Ben Hur, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Hunt for Red October over the course of 60 years, the Alex ceased operations on September 26, 1991 with a screening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

1992

The Glendale Redevelopment Agency purchased the Alex Theatre to serve as the centerpiece of Glendale’s revitalized Brand Boulevard and embarked on a $6.5 million rehabilitation of the facility.

1993, New Year’s Eve

The Alex Theatre opened as a 1,413-seat performing arts and entertainment center. The new facility included a stage expansion and new seating layouts, theatrical systems, and screen.

1993-Present

The Alex has hosted thousands of programs and activities since its reopening and welcomes an average of 100,000 patrons through its doors annually. It is home to resident companies such as the Alex Film Society, Glendale Youth Orchestra, Los Angeles Ballet, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and hosts a variety of music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, and special events each season.

1996

The Alex Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

July 1, 2008

Glendale Arts was established as a private non-profit organization charged with managing the Alex Theatre.

July 1, 2013

The Theatre broke ground on a 6,600 square foot expansion of its backstage facilities.

May 2014

Following eleven months of construction, the Expansion Project is completed. The upgraded amenities include additional dressing rooms, storage and shop space, the installation of a new freight elevator to access the street and subterranean levels, a new passenger elevator, and additional stair and hallway access to assist with loading.

Status Update from the Alex Theatre

 

As the saying goes, "The Show Must Go On." However, sometimes, unprecedented circumstances call for the show to be paused. This is one of those rare times.

 

 

Currently, our shows through April 5th will not be taking place on their original dates.

 

 

The Glendale Arts and Alex Theatre staff have been hard at work behind-the-scenes collaborating with the presenters of these performances to reschedule dates and communicating with ticket buyers about their options.

 

 

We are continuing to monitor directives established by local, state-wide, and national authorities and will post developments on shows scheduled beyond April 5th as they happen.

 

 

While our staff is working remotely, we are with our beloved Alex in spirit, and our hearts remain committed to the thousands of patrons we happily serve every week and our extended family of presenters, producers, performers, and community members who call the Alex home.

 

 

These are trying time for everyone. The economic impact on the dual industries with which we identify - non-profits and performing arts/live entertainment - has been swift and severe.

 

 

If you are able, we ask you make a gift at GlendaleArts.org that will allow us to continue our work at the Alex Theatre - a place for arts and entertainment to be enjoyed; a symbol of history, beauty, and community - during this time, so we are ready to bring healing and happiness to all who need it when the time is right.

 

 

We wish all of you and your loved ones health and safety throughout this situation and can't wait to welcome you through our doors again when the show is ready to go back on.

 

 

With our love,

 

Glendale Arts/Alex Theatre Management Staff
info@AlexTheatre.org

 

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