Start your Los Angeles area historic theatre explorations by heading to one of these major sections:
| Downtown | Hollywood | Westside | Westwood/Brentwood | Santa Monica | [more] L.A. Movie Palaces |
To see what's recently been added to the mix visit the Theatres in Movies site and the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.
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.