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Downtown: Spring Street 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. 

Yes, eventually this page will have the full listing of
all the theatres, both surviving and vanished, on Spring St.

At the moment, that survey page is still on the older
"Historic Los Angeles Theatres - Downtown" site.

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

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

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


460 S. Spring St. | map |

This house was running in 1908 as Herman's Fireproof Theatre. It made it at least until 1910 as it's in the city directory that year. In 1912 a new building rose on the site where the theatre had been on the NE corner of 5th and Spring. For more information see the page on the Herman Theatre.

San Fernando Theatre
618 San Fernando St./N. Spring St. | map |

It was a bit northwest of the Plaza and running with operators who were arrested in 1907 for having kids under 14 in the theatre, illegal at the time under city ordinance. The name San Fernando is mythical as research has not yet revealed the actual name of the theatre. It was in a storefront in the 1886 vintage Sentous Block, here seen in a Palmer Conner / Huntington Library photo taken before the building's 1957 demolition. For more information on the building and the theatre see the page about the San Fernando Theatre

Scenic Theatre
522 S. Spring St. | map |

Southwest Amusement Co. was running this 300 seat nickelodeon in 1907 and it evidently didn't last very long. It was on the east side of the street in the middle of the block between 5th and 6th, about where the southern end of the Los Angeles Theatre Center is now. For more information see the page on the Scenic Theatre

311 S. Spring St. | map |  -- also additional locations

In July 1896 a draped-off area in the back of this phonograph store became the second site in Los Angeles to actually show movies on a screen. The first had been a screening at the Grand Opera House on Main St. a few weeks earlier. In 1894 a location at 248 S. Spring had evidently been the first spot to exhibit films in coin operated machines. The c.1896 photo is from the collection of Terry Ramsaye, author of the 1926 book “A Million and One Nights, a History of the Motion Picture." For more information see the page about the various Tally's Phonograph and Vitascope Parlor locations.

Temple Theatre
158 N. Spring St., 155 N. Main 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 only ran as a theatre for a couple of years before the upstairs briefly became City Hall and then the County Courthouse. The c.1886 photo is in the California State Library collection. The site is now under City Hall. For more information see the page about the Temple Theatre.

456 S. Spring St.  | map |

The Unique was running both films and vaudeville in 1901 and 1902 under the management of Flora E. Hentz and John U. Zallee. The team soon made a move to a new theatre at 629 S. Broadway. The building on the east side of the street just north of 5th that housed the theatre has been demolished. See the page about the Unique Theatre for more details.

244 S. Spring St.  | map |

This legit playhouse was running in 1886. Before the street renumbering the address would have been 144 S. Spring. The closing date is unknown. For more information see the page about the Vienna Theatre.

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