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To see what's recently been added to the mix visit the Theatres in Movies site and the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

Downtown: Main Street and theatres farther east

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 
  Main St. and the downtown streets farther east.

At the moment, that survey page is still on the older "Historic Los Angeles
Theatres - Downtown" site. Just a couple are listed here so far.

One more click will get you to the Main St. page on that site:

https://sites.google.com/site/downtownlosangelestheatres/main-street-theatres

Eventually all those photos and the data will get moved here to this page.




262 S. Main St. | map |

Opened in April 1902 by Thomas Tally, this was L.A.'s first real movie theatre. In 1903 vaudeville was added and the theatre became the Lyric. Under other operators it ran until about 1912, later known as Glockner's Automatic Theatre. In this c.1910 California Historical Society photo the theatre is on the far left. For more information see the page on the Electric Theatre

Merced Theatre
420 N. Main St. | map |

The Merced opened January 30, 1871, the oldest surviving theatre building in Los Angeles. The 400 seat theatre was designed by Ezra F. Kysor. It closed as a theatrical venue on New Year's Day 1877. Now owned by the City of Los Angeles,  it's planned that the building will be the home for the city's public access television channel. For more information see the page on the Merced Theatre

Regent Theatre
448 S. Main St. | map |

This is the second theatre on the site, opening as the National in February 1914 and closing in 2000. It reopened in 2014 as a music venue and restaurant after a big remodel. This is the last remaining historic movie theatre on Main St. The photo is by Sean Ault. For more information see the Regent Theatre pages: history + exterior views | interior views

137 S. Main St. | map | -- also additional locations
Thomas Tally got into the phonograph business on Spring St. in 1895, graduated to coin operated movie machines, and then started projecting films on a screen. This Main St. location was opened in 1899 and after Tally's exit continued with other operators until 1901 or so. For more information see the page about the various Tally's Phonograph and Vitascope Parlor locations.

Temple Theatre
155 N. Main St., 158 N. Spring St. | map |

The theatre was on the second floor of the Market House, a building built in 1859 by John Temple to house a public market on the ground floor. It was later a City Hall and then County Courthouse. The c.1879 Main St. photo is from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The site is now under City Hall. For more information see the page about the Temple Theatre.

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

| Westside theatres | Hollywood | Westwood and Brentwood | Santa Monica and Venice | [more] Los Angeles Movie Palaces | the main alphabetical list | theatre history resources | film and theatre tech resourceswelcome and site navigation guide |

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