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The Los Angeles Theatre
Not the biggest in town (only 2,190 seats) but certainly in the running for most opulent. This 1931 confection was S. Charles Lee in over-the-top French Baroque mode. It was a commission from H.L. Gumbiner, who had hired Lee in 1927 for his first theatre job, the Tower Theatre. See our many pages on the Los Angeles Theatre for hundreds of photos and lots more data about this wondrous building. It's still at 615 S. Broadway, although currently used only for filming and special events. The photo here is a 1931 view from the Los Angeles Public Library.