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State Theatre: lobbies and lounges

703 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014  | map |

The State Theatre pages: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | ticket lobby | lobbies and lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | projection booth | backstage | basement cafeteria |


Peeking into the State's lobby from the entrance doors. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



Another outer lobby view from Broadway. The auditorium is off to the left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007



Looking up to the balcony level from near the entrance. Photo: Stephen Russo - LAHTF Facebook page - 2014. Also see Stephen's 2011 balcony lobby photo.



A 40s look at the snackbar at the Loew's State. We're just inside the front doors with the stairs to the balcony behind the bar. It's a shot taken by Western Photo in the Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection, part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collection.



A closer look at the snackbar "cabinet." It's a Nate Singer photo that's in the Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection.



On the main floor halfway into the lobby. We're looking up toward the balcony lobby ceiling. This would have been the view if you had looked up after coming in the now-abandoned 7th St. entrance. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for his 2008 photo on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



A look in at the top of aisle 3. It's a 2008 Ken McIntyre photo appearing on Photos of Los Angeles. 


The balcony level lobby:


A view down the balcony lobby appearing in the 1922 Architectural Digest survey issue discussing  noteworthy southern California buildings. It's from the Stanford Library collection and available on Google Books. We're looking toward house right.



A 1921 view of the balcony lobby looking toward Broadway. At the far end of the space the door on the left goes to the ladies lounge. The railing over on the left looked down to where the patrons from the 7th St. entrance came into the lobby. That entrance was closed in 1936. Check out the crazy carpet pattern. It's a photo in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. 

  

The balcony lobby with the auditorium off to the left. There are stairs to the main floor behind us and at the far end. The railing at the right allows a look down to the lower level. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007



A lovely look at one of the very grotesque column capitals in the balcony lobby. Thanks to Marilyn Castaneda for her 2015 photo that once appeared on Photos of Los Angeles.




One of the chandeliers. Thanks to prolific contributor Bill Gabel for posting his photo to the Cinema Treasures page about the State. It was taken when the theatre was still running as a film house.



Another look toward house right at balcony level. Here we get a peek down onto the main floor lobby. That second door on the left is the balcony men's room. Thanks to Hunter Kerhart for his 2014 photo. Keep up with his explorations: on Facebook | hunterkerhart.com | on Flickr


The balcony men's room:


The ornate doorway to the balcony men's room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Looking into the balcony men's room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 


The balcony ladies lounge:


The doorway to the ladies restroom at the north corner of the house left end of the balcony lobby. That bit of arched window we see through the arch looks down over the marquee. The railing on the right allows a view down into the outer lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



After turning the corner, looking south toward the ladies room. Broadway is on our left. The door at the right: perhaps a walled off ladies cosmetics room? Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The ladies restroom. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


The house left end of the balcony lobby:


Looking toward house right from the doorway to the ladies room. 7th St. is off to the right, the auditorium is off to the left through a vomitory at either end of this lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Another look down the lobby from the house left end. It's a photo that appeared on the Historic Core Facebook page in 2015.



The head of the stairs down at the south corner of the house left end of the balcony lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



An outer lobby chandelier detail. At the bottom of the image we're looking out the entrance doors to Broadway. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for his 2008 photo. It's on Photobucket where you can page through additional photos from his visit to the theatre. You might also want to pay a visit to the Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page Ken curates.

The State Theatre pages: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | ticket lobby | back to top - lobbies and lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | projection booth | backstage | basement cafeteria |

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