514 S. Main St. | map |
Note the very bottom edge of the illuminated "Galway"
letters just above the "open all night" banner.
Another shot from " Too Soon Too Love."
See our Theatres in Movies post on
"Too Soon To Love" for several views of
the Banner Theatre from the film.
A look south across the entrance to the Galway in
"Maidens of Fetish Street" (Cameo Pictures, 1966).
The film is also known as "Girls on F Street."
A big thanks to Beaudry including screenshots from
the film in his Noirish Los Angeles post #29000.
Visit Something Weird Video for more about the film.
"Maidens" also has views of the Follies and the Art Theatre.
See our "Maidens" Theatres In Movies post for those shots.
Footage shot by Robert Frank in 1971 shows Mick Jagger
in front of the Galway -- as well as other Main Street shots.
slightly larger view
Frank later compiled a number of his images for the
1972 cover of the album "Exile on Main Street." It was
edited in 2009 to the track "Rocks Off." Videodrumz
has the footage on YouTube: "Rocks Off."
Thanks to Jonathan at
Vintage Venice Reel to Real Tours
for finding the footage.
The Galway gets another starring role in the epic called
"The Clonus Horror" (Group 1, 1979) in which politicians are looking
for an eternal hold on power via cloning. Main Street is, of course,
the place to go if you're trying to hide from the evil scientists.
A 1979 look at the Galway in "The Clonus Horror"
A 1948 Herald Examiner photo of the Galway
Theatre location as a bar called The Gayway.
"2 Bands - Dancing -Service Men Welcome."
full size view
Thanks to Craig Owens of the Facebook page
Bizarre Los Angeles for researching the venue.
With the 1948 photo he also chronicles a few
stories of crime and trouble at the Gayway.
| the photo on Bizarre los Angeles |
A 1973 view looking south on Main from 5th by
Victor Plukas. Halfway down the block we see the
Galway's vertical sign saying "Theatre." Farther down
toward 6th we get a glimpse of the Burbank
with its vertical reading "Burlesk."
full size view | on FB/LATheatres
A detail from the photo above.
| 1930 looking south - no Galway evident |
| 1972 view looking south - Victor Plukas |
A view of the Galway Theatre in the 1980s.
photo: Gary Graver
See the videos by Mr. Graver (1938-2006) for a great show of many theatre
photos he took over a period of several decades in Los Angeles and Portland.
On You Tube: "Second Run - part 1" and "Second Run - part 2"
[ click either of these to enlarge ]
A view of the building that housed the Galway Theatre.
photo: Bill Counter - 2010
The Galway was in the second bay from the right. The far
right space in the building (#516) was a pinball arcade for
many years. The turquoise building on the right is #518, a
1924 building on the site of the Sherman Theatre.
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A 1983 view from American Classic Images.
full size view
Also in the collection:
| 1986 view |
A c.1967-68 look north on Main St. from the Sean
Ault Archives by Osiris Press. The Galway is on the
far right. Sean comments that "Scream of the Butterfly"
(1965) is one of the items on the marquee.
A bit of Main St. color as we look south from 5th in a
photo from Sean Ault's collection. The Galway vertical is in
the middle of that fine array of signage on the left.
full size view | on FB/LA Theatres
That "Famous" vertical is not for a theatre but for an
Army-Navy surplus store. The next theatre down the
block was the Burbank, not visible here.