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Early in the day as things are getting started for the January 2018 "Night on Broadway." It was the 10th anniversary of the city's "Bringing Back Broadway" initiative. Thanks to Mike Hume for his photo. Visit his Historic Theatre Photography website for hundreds of great images of the theatres he's explored. Don't miss the page on the Los Angeles Theatre.



A busy street during the January 27, 2018 "Night on Broadway." Photo: Mike Hume



A facade detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



An afternoon shot taken from the roof of the Palace Theatre as preparations begin for the 2016 "Night on Broadway." The uncredited photo appeared as a post on the LAHTF Facebook page.

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A street level view south on Broadway toward the Palace and Los Angeles. The lack of traffic was due to the preparations for that evening's "Night On Broadway" event. Photo: Bill Counter - January 30, 2016



A look down the block the night of the opening of the musical "Carrie" in October 2015. Thanks to Escott O. Norton for his photo, one in a set of 21 views appearing on the LAHTF Facebook page.



A killer marquee view. Photo: Escott O. Norton - LAHTF Facebook page - October 2015



A fine look across the street at the theatre by Jaeyyoo that appeared on the Bringing Back Broadway Facebook page in 2015. It was taken from inside a short-lived restaurant in the Schaber's Cafeteria building, now gutted and rebuilt as a shoe store.



A 2015 gaze down into the canyon of Broadway toward the Los Angeles. It's a photo by Calisouls79 that appeared on the Bringing Back Broadway Facebook page.



A 2015 look south from the Bringing Back Broadway Facebook page taken by a photographer identified as 4th & Spring.



The Los Angeles Theatre as seen from the roof of the Palace during the January 2015 "Night on Broadway." Thanks to Hunter Kerhart for his photo. Keep up with his recent explorations: on Facebook | HunterKerhart.com | on Flickr



A look up Broadway from Ian Wood's "Downtown Los Angeles" on Vimeo. He spent several months in 2014 shooting downtown theatres and other historic buildings from a drone that resembled "a mutant chicken." It's four minutes and forty five seconds of wonder that's not to be missed.



The crowd lined up for the sold out LAHTF / Cinespia showing of "Romeo + Juliet." Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013



Looking south in 2012. Photo: Bill Counter  



A late night look north. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2012


 
All lit up and happy about it. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010



A lovely 2009 photo from Mark Peacock Photography. Also see his Vintage Theatres & Drive-Ins album on Flickr for more of his fine work.



Looking north in 2009. Thanks to Floyd B. Bariscale for his photo. Check out his Big Orange Landmarks blog, the Los Angeles Theatre article, and the 93 item photo set on Flickr.



The top of the facade. Photo: Floyd B. Bariscale - 2009



Another facade detail. Thanks to Don Solosan for the c. 2009 photo he took for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. 



Lining up for a screening of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 2009. Thanks to Don Solosan for the photo he took for the L.A. Conservancy.



A late afternoon view c.2009. Photo: Don Solosan



A look north along a desolate Broadway after a film screening. Photo: Don Solosan - c.2009



The theatre screening "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in 2008. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for finding the photo for a post on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



The marquee set for a L.A. Conservancy event in 2007. Photo: Bill Counter



Looking north along Broadway in 2004. Your ticket to "Alma," about the wife of Gustav Mahler, got you drinks and a gourmet meal in the lobby during intermission. Photo: Don Solosan



A view south during the 2004 run of "Alma." Thanks to transit historian Sean Ault for finding the photo.



A 2002 look south with "Pillow Talk," a L.A. Conservancy "Last Remaining Seats" screening, on the marquee. The photo once appeared, uncredited, on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.


Signage details:


Checking out the fonts. The vertical is the one that was on the building when it opened in 1931. The current marquee dates from 1937. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - c.2009



A marquee change for the January 2016 "Night on Broadway." The photo by an uncredited photographer was a post on the LAHTF Facebook page.



A daytime look upward. Photo: Don Solosan - 2004 



A readerboard detail. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - c.2009



A drone's eye view of the front of the marquee in 2013 from Ian Wood's spectacular "Downtown Los Angeles" on Vimeo.



The south side of the vertical. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - c.2009



The vertical at night. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010  



A look at the sign from the north. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - c.2009. Thanks, Don! See a few more signage shots in the section below.


On the roof:


Looking across the Palace toward the roof of the Los Angeles. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



On the "low roof" atop the south retail space. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

Access is via the door on the south end of the booth. The door at the top of the stairs gets you into the fan room on top of the booth. See the booth page for several views. From the fan room there's a door facing Broadway to get onto the "high roof" atop the lobby. Also there's a door in the fan room's west wall to get into the attic space above the auditorium. See the auditorium page for views there.



On the south storefront roof. The lower door goes to the booth, the upper one to a fan room above the booth. Thanks to Will Campbell for his photo, one of 68 in his 2007 Inside the Los Angeles Theatre album on Flickr.



The Schaber's cafeteria building and a slice of the Palace. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



The view north from the roof of the south storefront during the 1st "Night on Broadway" on January 31, 2015. Thanks to Hunter Kerhart for his photo.



The south edge of the facade. Thanks to Michelle Gerdes for her 2007 photo. It's one of 72 great views of the theatre in her Los Angeles Theatre album on Flickr.



Looking down onto the marquee from the roof of the south storefront. Photo: Will Campbell -  Flickr - 2007



The vertical as seen from the roof. We're looking north toward 6th & Broadway. On the right it's the Story Building. Across the street on the northeast corner it's the Silverwood's Department Store building and the Arcade Building beyond. Photo: Will Campbell - Flickr - 2007



A detail of the sign. Photo: Will Campbell - Flickr - 2007



The view toward Hill St. from the roof atop the south retail space. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



 Looking east to the Desmond's Building. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



The view to the Palace from the roof above the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

 

Looking toward the parapet wall on Broadway. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2015

 

Behind the parapet with a peek to the top of the Desmond's building across Broadway. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2008. It's in her Theatres of Downtown LA album on Flickr.



A terrific look down the vertical by photographer 4th & Spring that appeared in 2015 on the Historic Core and Bringing Back Broadway Facebook pages.

 

Looking west back toward the fan room above the booth from the Broadway end of the roof above the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



Coming out of the fan room looking back down to the door into the projection booth. Photo: Will Campbell - Flickr - 2007. Thanks, Will! 


The north exit passageway: 


We're north of the building facing toward Broadway. The stage is behind us to the right. Through the gate we can exit into the alley that runs north to 6th St. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



The exit gate and, above, the signage facing the alley off 6th St. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013 



Looking toward the stage end of the building. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



In the exit passageway north of the building looking up at the William Fox Building on the right. Above us at the center is the upstage "bustle." Left of that is the full height stagehouse downstage. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



A look down the alley from 6th St. at the north wall of the auditorium. Thanks Floyd B. Bariscale for his 2009 photo.



The sign in the alley north of the theatre. The intent of the signage in this location was to catch the eye of moviegoers heading to the Metropolitan/Paramount Theatre just across 6th. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007



The alley sign gets its closeup. Photo: Ȑoobik Boodaghians - 2013


The south side of the building: 


The south side of the building at the north end of St. Vincent Court. The William Fox Building, at the left, fronts on Hill St. Photo: Mike Hume - 2017



The balcony exits. Broadway is off to the right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



In the exit passageway south of the building outside the stage loading door. St. Vincent Court is off to the right. The stairs are coming down from the house left front 1st balcony exit with a main floor exit tucked underneath. Broadway is straight ahead down the canyon. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



The stage end of the building. The slight jut above the rest of the roofline is the proscenium wall. The bolts through the side wall up near the top are at grid height. Note that there is only about 15 feet of fly space. The rear of the stage is just a bustle as can be seen above the loading doors. Note that the bustle allows the lower floors of the William Fox Building to get light into the offices. Photo: Bill Counter - 2007



Looking north from 7th St. up St. Vincent Court toward the south wall of the Los Angeles Theatre. The buildings on either side of the street are the former Bullocks Department store buildings. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

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