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 Palace Theatre
The theatre now known as the Palace, 830 S. Broadway, opened as the Orpheum in 1911. Here we get a lovely view from up in the second balcony. It's from the Theatre Talks collection of Cezar Del Valle, a Brooklyn-based theatre historian.
The exterior got featured in a number of cards. Here we get the straight-on view in a card from Brian McCray's amazing Hollywood Postcards collection on Picasa. It's based on an early photo -- note we have no vertical signs installed yet.
An early street view looking south on "Busy Broadway" is this colorful card from the Facebook page Bizarre Los Angeles. That's the Orpheum over on the left.
Another view looking south at the theatre in its Orpheum days is this one from the West side of the street. Again, it's from Bizarre Los Angeles.
It's always fun to see a certain card changed over time to update details. Or perhaps just two different companies starting from the same black and white photo and ending up with quite different coloration. This card from Elizabeth Fuller's Old Los Angeles Postcards collection on Flickr gives us a different take on the same view as the card from Bizarre Los Angeles above. Don't like that red and white striped skirt of the woman on the corner? Here it's gone. Notice that we also get a barn-red facade on the Orpheum.
A view north on Broadway from 7th St., again from Elizabeth Fuller's Old Los Angeles Postcards collection, an amazing compendium of (at last count) 686 cards. Thanks, Elizabeth! The card is based on a c.1918 photo by Martin Behrman in the California State Library collection.
See our web pages on the Palace Theatre for many more views of the building, including a few more postcards.