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The Million Dollar Theatre






















The Million Dollar, at 3rd and Broadway, gets the prize as the first real Los Angeles movie palace.  The photo from the Los Angeles Public Library collection was taken in 1918, the year it opened. Second place goes to Billy Clune and the time when he was operating the Auditorium as a spectacular movie theatre. But the 1906 Auditorium building was built as a church. The Million Dollar was built from scratch to be the biggest and best movie theatre in town by Sid Grauman and Paramount, his silent partner. The highrise building with retail offices and was designed by A.C. Martin with the theatre by William Lee Woollett. See the Million Dollar Theatre pages for hundreds of photos and lots of data.  It's still there and mostly intact.

By William Lee Woollett:
Million Dollar Theatre, 3rd & Broadway (1918)
Rialto Theatre, 812 S. Broadway (remodel, 1919)
Metropolitan Theatre, 6th & Hill (1923)
Strand Theatre, Long Beach (remodel, 1920s)

By Albert C. Martin
Jade/Wonderland Theatre, 315 S. Main St. (c.1908)
Liberty Theatre, 266 S. Main St. (c.1910)
Adams Theatre, 1898 West Adams Blvd. (1914)
Million Dollar Theatre, 3rd and Broadway (1918)
Town Theatre, 444. S. Hill St. (1920)
Boulevard Theatre, 1615 Washington Blvd. (1925)



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