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The Tower Theatre






















The Tower, which opened in 1927 at 8th and Broadway, was S. Charles Lee's first theatre commission.  His mission was to squeeze as many seats as possible into a theatre built on a 50' lot. After this job for H. L. Gumbiner he would go on to design hundreds more theatres including another one for the same owner, the Los Angeles Theatre. This sidewall view appeared in an article Lee wrote for the December 28, 1929 issue of Motion Picture News. See the Tower Theatre pages for more information about the theatre as well as many more photos.

A few by S. Charles Lee:
Tower Theatre, 8th & Broadway (1927)
Fox Wilshire Theatre (now the Saban), Beverly Hills (1930)
Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway (1931)
Studio/Holly Theatre, 6523 Hollywood Blvd. (1931)
Sunkist Theatre, Pomona (1931)
Fox Florence Theatre, 1536 E. Florence Ave. (1932)
Tower Theatre, Compton (1935)
Vogue Theatre, 6675 Hollywood Blvd. (1935)
Gentry Theatre, S. Los Angeles (1937)
La Reina Theatre, Sherman Oaks (1937)
Vogue Theatre, Montebello (1937)
Vogue Theatre, South Gate (1937)
Alpha Theatre, Bell (1938)
Canyon Theatre, Tujunga (1938)
Rosemead Theatre, Rosemead (1938)
Tumbleweed Theatre, El Monte (1939)
Academy Theatre, Inglewood (1939)
Temple Theatre, Temple City (1940)
Vern Theatre, 2811 E. Olympic (1940)
Admiral/Vine Theatre, 6321 Hollywood Blvd. (1940)
Bundy Theatre, 3414 Pico, Santa Monica (1941)
Arden Theatre, Lynwood (1942)
Star Theatre, La Puente (1947)  
Reseda Theatre, Reseda (1948)
Picwood Theatre, 10872 W. Pico (1948)
Fox Theatre, Inglewood (with Carl Moeller, 1949)
Bay Theatre, Pacific Palisades (1949)
La Tijera Theatre, Westchester, 1949
Garmar Theatre, Montebello (1950)


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