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The Rialto Theatre
William Lee Woollett wasn't involved in the original construction of the Rialto in 1917 (Oliver P. Dennis was the architect) but he got a chance to show his bizarre gifts when Sid Grauman and Paramount took it over in 1919 and gave it a plush interior remodel. The photo here is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection, where they date it as 1923. The building, at 812 S. Broadway, is still there as an Urban Outfitters store. The marquee is the only item of historic interest remaining. See our page on the Rialto Theatre for more information.