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The Olympic Theatre


The Olympic Theatre opened in 1927 downtown at 313 W. 8th St. as Bard's 8th St. Theatre. Architect Lewis A. Smith, who designed a conversion from a building that had been a restaurant, died in 1926 so he didn't get to see it open.

The auditorium, seen here in a photo from Hillsman Wright of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, has quite a few features intact although the floor has been leveled and the place largely used for retail in recent years. See our three pages on the Olympic Theatre for more photos.

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