Broadway Theatre

428 S. Broadway     | map |

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Opened: 1925 by Joseph Corwin of Metropolitan Theatres as the New Broadway in a space formerly a shoe store. 

By 1926, the theatre was just called the Broadway. In later years called the Teatro Broadway and ran Mexican films.

The building that housed the theatre, originally called the Broadway Central Building, is a 10 story steel frame structure dating from 1907 (begun in 1906) by architect Charles R. Aldrich.  It was later known as the Judson C. Rives Building. It's now known as The Judson Building.

For other theatres known as "The Broadway," see the listings for the Garnett Theatre -- known as Tally's New Broadway and the Tally's Broadway Theatre at 833 S. Broadway.

Seating: 400

Status: Closed 1988.  It was split down the middle in 2007 and renovated in back into retail spaces. As of 2010, one of the tenants was once again a shoe store.

The Broadway in the Movies: We get a glimpse of the Broadway Theatre in a cruise down Broadway in the opening credits of Dennis Hopper's "Colors" (Orion, 1988). We also see the Million Dollar, State and Palace. You don't need to see the rest of the film

More information: See the Broadway page on Cinema Treasures.  Mr. Broadway Central Bldg, a contributor on Noirish L.A., has three of the UCLA views of the building on his Noirish post #30044.  His Noirish L.A. post #30081 is the interesting one, with photos he's taken of the building's entrance, lobby and basement.

1957 view looking south on Broadway
with our theatre over on the left.

photo: Sean Ault Archives by Osiris Press

A 1968 view looking north toward the Broadway Theatre.

photo: Sean Ault Archives by Osiris Press

Nothing  is left of the Broadway Theatre.
It started as a shoe store in this building, had a
long run as a theatre, and is
again retail space.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

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Exit doors of the Broadway Theatre
 during construction in 2007.

photo: Bill Counter

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     USC Archives

A great view of the marquee as we look north on
Broadway in 1939 in this photo in the USC
Archives.  It's a Dick Whittington Studio photo.
   full size view

A detail of the marquee from the photo above. We're
running "Girl Downstairs" and "Never Say Die."

Another Dick Whittington 1939 view looking
north from 5th. We get a glimpse of the theatre
in the middle of the block.  Note the signage for the
Judson C. Rives Building that housed the theatre. 
full size view

A 1928 view with an earlier
marquee and a vertical sign. 
full size view

A detail from the 1928 USC view above.

Also in the USC Archives:
A c.1906 view of the Broadway Central Building under
construction -- no theatre yet. In the lower right corner is the
storefront for the Optic Theatre, 446 1/2 S. Broadway.

The "c.1906" photo should perhaps be labeled 1907 or later as
the completed Bumiller Building (constructed 1907-1907) is seen
just south of the Broadway Central/Judson Building. The Bumiller
housed the Eden Musee/Wonderland Theatre in 1908.


Martin's Broadway Tour includes this
 view of the Broadway Theatre in its last
 incarnation-- as the Teatro Broadway
minus the historic marquee.
  full size view


A 1954 look south on the 400 block at the great
 marquee of the Broadway Theatre.

photo: Sean Ault Archives by Osiris Press

The Broadway is running "Rob Roy" and "Creature From
The Black Lagoon." Thanks for the wonderful photo, Sean!

A detail from the Sean Ault Archives photo.

[ click on any of these for larger views ]

A marquee view of the "Teatro Broadway" after the theatre had
 closed -- and long after it had lost its earlier classy signage.

photo: Gary Graver - undated

Gary Graver (1938-2006) was a filmmaker and cinematographer. More
of his theatre photos can be seen on You Tube: "Second Run - part 1" and
"Second Run - part 2." Thanks to Sean Graver for use of the photo.

A view of the building in 2007
 with remodeling underway.

photo: Bill Counter

A 2010 view of the Judson Building.

photo: Bill Counter

     American Classic Images    

A 1983 night view from this vanished website.
Here we see the historic marquee replaced
 by a smaller plex version. 
A closer look at the entrance from the view above.

A 1980 look at the entrance.

     L.A. Public Library Collection

The Library's collection includes this nice
1962 picture of the Broadway Theatre.  
A huge marquee for a small theatre.
  full  size view

A William Reagh shot of 1967 protests on
Broadway. We're looking north on the 400 block
toward the Broadway Theatre in the upper left corner.
full size view

A detail from the view above. It's sad that there
aren't more good photos of this theatre.

     L.A. Times

An August 14, 1945 Times photo by Frank Q. Brown
looking south on Broadway toward 5th as Angelenos celebrate
 VJ Day.  The photo was featured in a 2015 "Framework" post by
Scott Harrison "V.J. Day on Broadway."  At the Broadway
Theatre: Greer Garson in "Valley of Decision."
The photo also appears, uncredited,
on Photos of Los Angeles.

     Theatres in Los Angeles    

A 1967 view of the famous Broadway Theatre marquee
on p. 20 of  "Theatres in Los Angeles" by Suzanne Tarbell
Cooper, Amy Ronnebeck Hall and Marc Wanamaker.
Arcadia Publishing, 2008.

The photo is from Mr. Wanamaker's Bison Archives.
 On Google books: larger view

This theatre was operating on Broadway
 for over 60 years. You'd think there would be
 some pictures of the interior out there
 but none have surfaced.