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Downtown: Hill Street and theatres farther west

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. Yes, eventually this page will have the full listing
of all the theatres, both surviving and vanished, on Hill St. and the downtown streets farther west.

At the moment, the more complete version of his survey page is still on the older "Historic Los Angeles Theatres - Downtown" site. One more click will get you to the Hill St. page on that site:

https://sites.google.com/site/downtownlosangelestheatres/hill-st-theatres

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


Beaux Arts Theatre
1709 W. 8th St. | map |

This cute 559 seat legit house opened in 1927, a design of  Stanton, Reed & Hibbard, who also did the Hotel Figueroa. This building erected by Charles Forve was billed as the "Carnegie Hall of the West." In addition to the theatre, there were 220 soundproof music studios. It's now senior housing. The theatre has been repurposed as a dining area and social center for the residents. For more information see the page on the Beaux Arts Theatre.

Belasco Theatre
1050 S. Hill St. | map |

This theatre, a design of Morgan, Walls & Clements, opened in 1926 as a home for legitimate drama. Seating capacity was originally 1,061. It closed in 1950 and was later used as a church.
After decades of sporadic use, it got a multi-million dollar makeover in 2011. It's now alive again as a club and special events venue. For more information see the Belasco Theatre pages: history | early exterior views | recent exterior views | ticket lobby | lobbies - lounges - ballroom | early auditorium views | recent auditorium views | backstage | basement support areas |

Cinematour
W. Pico Blvd. & Georgia | map |

About all that is known is that it was running in 1923. It's been demolished. This area is now all part of the Convention Center. See the page on the Cinematour for more information -- but there isn't much.

Disney Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.  | map |

The 2,265 seat home of the L.A. Philharmonic opened in 2003. It's a design by Frank Gehry. For more information and many photos see the page on Disney Hall.

Georgia Theatre
1002 W. 9th St. | map |

It opened possibly as early as 1914. It's in the 1914 city directory as Gore's Theatre (with the address listed wrongly as 102 W. 9th). It was the Georgia from at least 1929 through 1936. In 1939 it's listed as the Capitol. The name Georgia comes from its location just west of Georgia St. The 385 seat theatre has been demolished. For more information see the page on the Georgia Theatre.

Musart Theatre
1320 S. Figueroa St. | map |

This 334 seat legit venue opened in 1913, a design by Morgan, Walls & Morgan. Later it was known as the Egan Theatre and in 1933 got the Musart name. In the mid 30s it was home to many Federal Theatre Project shows. The closing date is unknown. The 1949 photo is from the Saxon Sitka collection. See the page on the Musart Theatre for more information.

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 building that was previously a restaurant. Charles O. Matcham did a remodel in 1942.

It closed as a theatre around 1997 and has been used storage and retail since then. In 2017 what was left of the theatre interior was gutted in a remodel for a store for the upscale clothing brand COS. For more information and photos see the Olympic Theatre pages: history + exterior views | interior views

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

The Palace, a conversion of a building dating from 1910, opened in 1916 and ran until 1921. The 633 seat house was a new location for a venture known as 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.

Pico Theatre
736 W. Pico Blvd. | map

This 525 seat theatre opened around 1912. The location was just west of Figueroa on the south side of the street. It's listed in the city directories as the Navarro Theatre from 1914 through 1918. By 1922 it had become the Pico Theatre. In 1925 it was listed as the New West Pico Theatre. In 1926 it's the New Pico Theatre. Then it's back to being the Pico Theatre. It's still listed in the 1936 directory. The closing date is unknown. Now demolished. The site is now part of the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more information see the listing for the Pico Theatre.

Philharmonic Auditorium
527 W. 5th St. and Olive near 5th  | map |

This 2,670 seat theatre opened in November 1906 as the Temple Auditorium, the largest theatre at the time west of Chicago. It was a design by Charles Whittesley, Otto Neher and E.R. Harris. It had a fling as a movie palace beginning in 1914 as Clune's Auditorium, also billed as Clune's Theatre Beautiful. The L.A. Phil took over in 1920 and renamed it Philharmonic Auditorium. The beginning of the end came in 1964 with the opening of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Demolition was in 1985. See the page about the Philharmonic Auditorium for many photos.

Redcat
631 W. 2nd St.  | map |

The Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre opened in November 2003. It's at 2nd and Hope, nestled under the southwest corner of Disney Hall. It's a flexible theatre space and gallery designed along with Disney Hall by Frank Gehry. Seating capacity is 200 to 270 depending on the configuration. See the page on the Redcat for more information.

Regal Cinemas
1000 W. Olympic Blvd.  | map |

The 14 screen complex at L.A. Live opened in 2009. Seating capacity in the 14 auditoria is 3,772. The largest, the Premiere Theatre, seats 806. For more information see the page about the Regal Cinemas.


RKO Hillstreet
801 S. Hill St. | map |

This "Junior Orpheum" house opened in 1922 with a budget policy of continuous vaudeville and films throughout the day. With 2,916 seats, the Hillstreet was the second largest movie house in town.  The architect was G. Albert Lansburgh, who did many projects for the circuit including the 1911 and 1926 Orpheums on Broadway. The image is from process footage shot for the 1947 film "Down to Earth." Demolition was in 1965. See the page on the RKO Hillstreet for more information.

Simpson's Auditorium
730 S. Hope St. | map |

The original building from 1899 used for many musical performances was a church called Simpson's Tabernacle. A later addition produced a separate Simpson's Auditorium, seen off to the right in this 1970 Palmer Connor photo from the Huntington Digital Library. There's still a small building on the site but the larger structures were demolished following earthquake damage in 1971. See the page on Simpson's Auditorium for more information. 

Star Theatre 
827 W. 6th St. | map |

It's listed in the in 1914 & 1916 city directories. Actual opening and closing dates are unknown. It was mid-block on the north side of the street between Flower and Figueroa. The building was demolished long ago. The City National Bank towers are now on the site. The page about the Star Theatre doesn't have any additional information other than a recent photo of the site.

Teragram Ballroom / Playhouse Theatre
1234 W. 7th St. | map |

Possibly the theatre opened as early as 1913. In the 30s it was McKinney's Playhouse. The 490 seat theatre is known to have been operating as late as 1939, listed usually as just The Playhouse. It had a long spell as a violin store (among other things) in front with a church in the auditorium. The venue was back in business in 2015 as the Teragram Ballroom, the west coast outpost of people previously involved with New York's famed Bowery Ballroom. For more information see the page on the Teragram Ballroom/Playhouse Theatre.

Town / Pussycat Theatre 
444 S. Hill St. | map |

This 430 seat house opened in 1920 as Bard's Hill Street Theatre. It was a remodel of an existing one story building by Albert C. Martin. In the 30s it was renamed the Town Theatre. The 1965 photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. In March 1966 it became the Pussycat, the first theatre in the chain. It closed in 1985 and was later demolished. See the page on the Town Theatre for more information and photos.

Trinity Auditorium 
855 S. Grand Ave. | map |

The building opened in 1914 and has been used as a hotel, office building, college housing and church. The architects were Thornton Fitzhugh, Frank Krucker and Harry Deckbar. The 1,600 seat auditorium, while being used much for of its life as a church, has also been a theatre space. It has also been known as the Embassy Auditorium. The building was going to reopen a number of times but the deals between the owners, the Chetrit Group, and various operators all fell apart. The latest was a proposed late 2018 opening by Journal Hotels. The hope is that the auditorium will be revived as a performance space. We'll see. For more information see the page on the Trinity Auditorium.

Tunnel Theatre
712 W. 3rd St. | map |

This short-lived venue just west of the 3rd St. tunnel wasn't around for long. It was open in 1914 and by 1921 the building had been converted into a garage, surviving until the redevelopment of Bunker Hill. For more information see the page on the Tunnel Theatre.

Turnverein Hall
1345 Figueroa St. | map |

This two story wood frame building opened in September 1872. Inasmuch as the acoustics were better than at the Merced Theatre, it was the site of many early musical performances. It was on the west side of the street just south of Pico Blvd. The building was later moved for use as a hotel and the organization went on to several other buildings. The site is now part of the L.A. Convention center. The postcard is from the University of Indiana collection. See the page on the Turnverein Hall for more information.

Variety Arts Theatre
940 S. Figueroa St. | map |

The theatre opened in 1924 as the Playhouse in the Friday Morning Club, a social and political group for women. The main theatre seats 1,100 and a smaller theatre seats 250. The building, designed by the firm of Allison and Allison, also has a ballroom, lounges and many other public spaces.

It became the Variety Arts in 1977 and later went through a succession of owners trying to figure out what to do with it. It was sold in 2012 to Robhana Management, Inc. In late 2015 a church group signed a long term lease on the building. They will move into the building in 2017, after some renovations. For more information see the Variety Arts Theatre pages: history + exterior views | interior views |

Warner Downtown Theatre
401 W. 7th St. | map |

The theatre opened in 1920 as the Pantages. It was a move by the vaudeville circuit from their earlier home on Broadway at a theatre now known as the Arcade. Seattle-based B. Marcus Priteca was the designer. The original capacity was listed as 2,200. Later it was down to 1,757.

It became the Warner in 1929. Later under Metropolitan Theatres management it was known as the Warrens. They closed  it in 1975. The main floor is in use as the Jewelry Mart. Most of the decor is intact. For more information see the Warner Downtown pages: | history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | interior views |   

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