SQ FT: 7,292
Architect: Stiles O. Clementa
The historic Hayworth Theatre, a Spanish colonial-style building named after actress Rita Hayworth, has changed its identity many times since it opened in 1926 on Wilshire Boulevard near MacArthur Park.
The venue has served as a live-performance theater for the last 11 years, and before that was the longtime home of the Vagabond, the popular repertory cinema. Legend has it that it was once a dance studio for Hayworth's father.
The Hayworth's newest identity comes with a different kind of Hollywood twist.
The building has been purchased by TV writer Jenji Kohan, the creator of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" and Showtime's "Weeds." The couple wants to keep the main theater on the first floor and hopes to interest theater groups into leasing the 200-seat space.
We want to bring the building back to its former glory. It was pretty beat up."
The Hayworth Theatre shared the building with La Fonda Supper Club, a restaurant established in 1968 that featured a popular mariachi dinner show. The restaurant re-opened in March this year 2016.