Westchester Iconic Landmarks
Located near the southeast corner of Manchester Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard, the Loyola Theatreopened on October 3, 1946, by Fox West Coast Theatres. Before the theatre’s conversion to a medical office building, the facade of the Loyola Theatre featured a beautiful swan neck tower rising nearly 60 feet above the theatre’s marquee. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Board declared the theater a cultural and historic monument on June 2, 1982. The exterior remains an iconic symbol of the history of the local film industry.
Located at the other end of the business district on Sepulveda Boulevard was the Paradise Theatre, which opened on August 23, 1950, and, due to its close proximity to the airport, occasionally hosted Hollywood film premiers. Though no longer a movie theatre, the interior of the Paradise Building, today, still displays historical Hollywood photos and plaques both inside and outside its main lobby entrance.
Designed by Millard Sheets and sculpted by Bill Megaw in 1957, the statue “Man and Horse”, carved in Italy and made of marble, is approximately 10 feet tall. Today it remains at the original location on the south-east corner of Sepulveda Boulevard at Manchester Avenue in Westchester, Los Angeles.