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Downtown: Broadway theatres

The DTLA survey pages: theatre district overview | Hill St. and farther west | Broadway theatres | Spring St. theatres | Main St. and farther east | downtown theatres by address | downtown theatres alphabetical list

Sorry to give you the runaround. Eventually this page will have the full listing of all the Broadway theatres, both surviving and vanished. At the moment, the most complete survey page is still on the older "Historic Los Angeles Theatres - Downtown" site. One more click will get you to the Broadway page on that site:

https://sites.google.com/site/downtownlosangelestheatres/broadway-theatres

Within the next couple of months all those photos and the data will get moved here to this page. 

-- Bill Counter


Arcade Theatre
534 S. Broadway | map |

This 1,400 seat theatre opened September 26, 1910 as the Pantages, a vaudeville house. The architects were Morgan & Walls. It closed as a film house in 1992. Photo by Hunter Kerhart. The lobby is currently used for retail with the auditorium relatively intact. See the Arcade Theatre pages for lots more information and photos: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | stage | basement | office building |

Cameo Theatre
528 S. Broadway | map |

What is now the Cameo opened in October 1910 as Clune's Broadway. It is a design by Alfred F. Rosenheim.  Originally with 900 seats, it ended up with about 600 in later years, all on a single level. It closed as a film house in 1991. There's currently retail in the lobby. The auditorium, now used for storage, has its original decor pretty much intact. For more information and photos see the pages on the Cameo Theatre: history | exterior views | interior views

Globe Theatre
744 S. Broadway | map |

It opened in January 1913 as a the Morosco, a 1,300 seat legit house for producer Oliver Morosco. Morgan, Walls & Morgan designed the Garland Bldg. that it's part of with Alfred Rosenheim doing the theatre itself. The theatre reopened in July 2015 after a major refurbishment by new operator Erik Chol. The Globe is now a multipurpose space for music, theatrical events and films. It had closed as a film theatre in 1986.  For more information see our pages on the Globe: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | lobby areas | recent auditorium views | earlier auditorium views | attic | backstage | basement | garland building |

Los Angeles Theatre
615 S. Broadway | map |

S. Charles Lee designed this French Baroque fantasia, considered by many to be the grandest movie palace on Broadway. The opening was January 30, 1931 with Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein in attendance for Chaplin's "City Lights." Current seating capacity is 1,937. Photo by Hunter Kerhart. It's currently closed except for film shoots, tours and special events including occasional film screenings. For more information and hundreds of photos visit the Los Angeles Theatre pages: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | entrance | grand lobby | inner lobby - main floor | lobby - 1st balcony level | basement - intermediate lounge | basement - main lounge | ladies room and nursery | men's room | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | stage | boothretail and support areas |

Metropolitan/Paramount Theatre
323 W. 6th St., 536 S. Hill St. and 533 S. Broadway  | map |

This 3,600 seat monster, the largest movie house in Los Angeles, opened January 26, 1923 as Grauman's Metropolitan. Sid sold his downtown holdings in 1923 and in 1929 it was renamed the Paramount. The building was designed by George Bergstrom with the theatre by William Lee Woollett. It was demolished in 1962. This photo of the Broadway entrance comes from the Theatre Historical Society. For more information about this great building here are the pages: history | exterior views | Broadway entrance | lobby areas | auditorium | stage | projection booth |

Million Dollar Theatre 
307 S. Broadway | map |

The theatre opened February 1, 1918 as Grauman's Million Dollar due to its reported cost. Albert C. Martin designed the building with William Lee Woollett as the theatre architect. The seating capacity initially was 2,345. Currently it's closed except for occasional special events but with a new tenant, CoBird, the expectation is that there will be more on the schedule soon. For more information see the Million Dollar pages: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | ticket lobbies | lobbies and lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | booth | backstage | orchestra pit | basement areas |

Olympic Theatre
313 W. 8th St. | map |

It opened in 1927 as Bard's 8th St. Theatre. In the early 1930s it also had an additional entrance at 757 S. Broadway through the Merritt Bldg. The architect for the 600 seat house was Lewis A. Smith, doing a remodel of a 1917 restaurant building. It closed as a theatre around 1997 and has been used storage and retail since then. For more information and photos see the Olympic Theatre pages: history + exterior views | interior views |

Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway | map |

This Orpheum opened in 1926, a move down the street for the circuit from their previous home at what is now called the Palace Theatre. G. Albert Lansburgh designed the theatre, currently with 1,976 seats. It's alive and in great shape as the home of concerts, film shoots and occasional film screenings. For more information and many photos: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | lobbies and lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | booth | backstage | lofts

Palace Theatre
630 S. Broadway | map |

It opened in 1911 as the Orpheum and became the Palace in 1926. The two balcony house is a design of G. Albert Lansburgh with Robert Brown Young and Son as associate architects. Originally with 1,956 seats, it currently seats 1,068 on main floor and first balcony. The theatre unveiled a $1 million restoration to celebrate its 100th birthday on June 26, 2011. Palace bookings include concerts, film shoots, occasional film screenings and special events. For more information see the Palace Theatre pages: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | ticket lobby | lobbies and lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | booth | backstage | basement support areas | office building |

Palace Theatre
318 W. 7th St. | map |

The Palace, a half block west of Broadway, was a conversion of a building dating from 1910. It opened in 1916 and ran until 1921. The 633 seat house was a new location for the Palace of Pictures that had been on Broadway since 1910. The c.1920 photo is a detail from one in the USC Digital Library. When the lease expired in 1921 the space was occupied by retail tenants, a use it retains today. For more information see the page on the Palace Theatre

Rialto Theatre
812 S. Broadway | map |

It opened in 1917 as Quinn's Rialto. Oliver P. Dennis designed the building, a rare early example of a stadium-style theatre layout. In 1919 Sid Grauman got it and after a remodel it was called Grauman's Rialto. Originally it had 1,000 seats, down to 840 in later years. It closed as a theatre in 1987 with the lobby then used for retail. The building reopened in December 2013 as an Urban Outfitters store with a wonderful restoration of the marquee. The 2014 photo is by Hunter Kerhart. For more information and photos see the Rialto Theatre pages: history + exterior views | interior views

Roxie Theatre
518 S. Broadway | map |

The Roxie opened on November 25, 1931. It was the last of the Broadway theaters to open -- and is the only one in the art deco style. The 1,600 seat theatre is a design by John M. Cooper. It was built with a stage that never got any use. It's been closed since 1989. Retail is currently in the lobby and the adjoining storefronts. For more information see the Roxie pages: history + vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | interior views

Royal Theatre
246 S. Broadway | map |

This 300 seater opened in 1908. That year it had a fling presenting sound pictures using the Gaumont Chronophone process. Thanks to Tony Pepper for the 1908 photo. Arthur Hyman ran the house for awhile and in 1910 it was called the Cecil Theatre. Closing was in 1913 or a bit earlier. The building has been demolished. For more information see the page about the Royal Theatre.  

547 S. Broadway | map |

This one was running by 1909. Later Billy Clune operated it as Clun'e's Exclusive and Clune's Comedy Theatre. The image is a detail from a 1912 photo by G. Haven Bishop from the Huntington Library. They weren't dancing at the theatre -- there was a rooftop dance hall. It appears that 1917 was the last year of operation. For more information see the page about the Shell Theatre.

State Theatre 
703 S. Broadway | map |

It opened in November 1921 as Loew's State and for decades was a major showcase for MGM product. It's a design by two San Francisco-based firms, Weeks & Day and Reid Brothers. With 2,119 seats, it has the largest capacity on Broadway. The photo is by Hunter Kerhart. It closed as a film house in 1997 and was a church for 20 years. It's now being brought back to life as a theatre by the Delijani family's Broadway Theatre Group. For more information and many photos see the State Theatre pages: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | ticket lobby | lobbies and lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | booth | backstage | basement cafeteria |

Symphony Theatre
614 S. Broadway

This 750 seat house opened in 1914. and got a big remodel in 1920. The 1921 photo taken during the run of "Never Weaken" appeared in Exhibitors Trade Review. The theatre building was demolished for construction of the Desmond's department store building in 1923. For more information see the page about the Symphony Theatre

Tally's New Broadway
554 S. Broadway  | map |

The 500 seat theatre opened as the Broadway in 1903 or 1904. Thomas Tally got it in 1905 and rebranded it as Tally's New Broadway. The house only ran until 1910 when Tally moved down the street to 833 S. Broadway and this theatre was gutted for an expansion of Silverwood's department store.  The 1910 photo is from the USC Digital Library collection. For more information see the page about Tally's New Broadway.

Tally's Broadway
833 S. Broadway | map |

This 900 seat house opened in 1910, reportedly after a construction time of 30 days. Boasting the "Finest pipe organ in the world," it survived until the May Co. did a southern expansion of their building in 1929. This 1916 photo is in the California State Library collection. For more information and photos see the page on Tally's Broadway

Tower Theatre
802 S. Broadway | map |

It opened in 1927, S. Charles Lee's first theatre design. It sat 906 on a lot only 50' wide. The interior is intact except for no seats on the main floor as they were removed for a film shoot long ago. It's been used in recent decades for many film shoots as well as occasional concerts and special events. It's now under renovation to become an Apple store. See the Tower Theatre pages for lots of photos and details: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | lobby areas | lounges + basement support areas | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | organ chambers | booth level | attic | roof | tower |

Unique Theatre
629 S. Broadway | map |

It opened in 1902 or 1903 as a vaudeville house under the management of of Flora E. Hentz and John U. Zallee. Films were later added to the programs. The theatre ran until late 1909 when the team moved to another location on 3rd St. The building the theatre was in got replaced by a new structure in 1910. For more information see the page about the Unique Theatre

United Artists / Theatre at Ace  Hotel
933 S. Broadway | map |

It opened in 1927 as the only west coast design of noted Detroit-based theatre architect C. Howard Crane. The local firm of Walker & Eisen designed the office building. Originally it had 2,214 seats. After decades as a church it reopened in 2014 as an adjunct to the Ace Hotel in the former office spaces of the building. For more information and hundreds of photos see the United Artists Theatre pages: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | outer lobby | inner lobby | lounges | upper lobby areas | earlier auditorium views | recent auditorium views | projection | stage and stage basement | other basement areasattic | office building/hotel interiors | roof |

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