Los Angeles Theatre

615 S. Broadway     | map |

Los Angeles, CA 90014 

Website:  www.losangelestheatre.com | on Facebook

213-629-2939 or 213-488-2009            events@btgla.com

The Los Angeles is managed by Broadway
Theatre Group -- Ed Baney, General Manager.

Architect: S. Charles Lee designed this French renaissance palace for H.L Gumbiner at a reported cost of $1 million. This was the last of the large opulent Los Angeles theaters to be built on Broadway. The only major theatre opening later was the Roxie, rather spartan in comparison.

Construction time was about six months.  In 1927 Lee had designed the Tower Theatre at 8th & Broadway for Gumbiner. Associate architect was  Samuel Tilden Norton, who was related to the Gumbiner family.  The murals in the Los Angeles are by Heinsbergen studios. 

An article about the project appeared in the December 20, 1930 issue
of Exhibitors Herald-World. Thanks to Bob Ristelhueber for the find,
posted by him on the SoCal Historic Architecture Facebook page.

full size view | on the SoCal page

Opened: January 30, 1931 with the premiere of Chaplin's "City Lights." Chaplin wasn't too happy when the film stopped in the middle so management could extoll the virtues of the new theatre.

An ad announcing the opening. Thanks to Woody Wise,
who posted it on our Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

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"Einstein and Chaplin Attend a Premiere in 1931."
Charlie Chaplin and his buddy Albert Einstein at the
opening of the theatre. Thanks to Jonathan Raines for
finding the photo, appearing on website of The Atlantic.

The ad in the L.A. Times for "City Lights,"
the opening attraction.

Another opening week ad -- welcoming patrons and
advertising some of the suppliers for the new theatre.

The two ads above were included by Floyd B. Bariscale with
his wonderful Big Orange Landmarks article on the theatre.

A basement floorplan. Some areas, such as the music room, didn't get
built out quite as shown.
Thanks to Wendell Benedetti for the photo
-- he shot it when the plans were on display during a LAHTF tour.

A north elevation -- that's Broadway to our left.
Thanks to Wendell Benedetti for the photo.
full size view | on the LAHTF Facebook page

Note the "X" over the 2nd and 3rd floor dressing rooms stage left
 -- they didn't get built. It's the same situation on the south elevation
for the stage right dressing rooms. The only ones the theatre
 ended up with were in the basement.

Also of interest on the drawing is the stage itself --
and the angled lower height "bustle" upstage.

A closer look at the plan showing all the intended ornament
one would see looking down St. Vincent Court from 6th St. --
and the way it actually got built. Thanks to Wendell Benedetti
for both the shot of the plan and his recent alley photo.
full size view | on the LAHTF Facebook page

Why all the fuss about this alley elevation? Well, it's quite visible if
you were walking down 6th to go to the theatre's nearest competitor,
 the Metropolitan / Paramount -- not more than 100' away.

The south elevation. We're looking north from 7th with
the Broadway facade on the far right. Again, many thanks
 to Wendell Benedetti for the photo of the plan.
full size view | on the LAHTF Facebook page

By 1932, the Los Angeles was a major showcase house for Fox product (including, evidently, a lot of B movies) with their Fox West Coast circuit managing the venue. Gumbiner had rapidly run into financial difficulties and the opulence of his theatre wasn't enough of a lure for studios to give him major product.  Within 18 months of the opening it had closed and then Fox took over the operation.

Fox actually owned the land the theatre was built on. The William Fox building, directly behind the theatre on Hill St., was constructed at the same time. Hillsman Wright, of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre foundation, notes that when the theatre was sold to the Delijani family in 1987 the Fox estate still owned the property.

Pipe Organ: It was a 2/10 Wurlitzer that had originally been installed down the street at the Tower Theatre.

Evidently it was last played publicly in the early 60s. Hillsman Wright, of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation asks: "True or False? One of the Broadway legends has it that when the theatre was closed for use as a location for 'WC Fields and Me' in 1976, the organ mysteriously disappeared. Any Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society or American Theatre Organ Society folks out there who can enlighten us as to its fate?"

Interesting design features: S. Charles Lee's innovative work here included cry rooms at the rear of the first balcony, exotic use of marble and colored restroom fixtures, a periscope so patrons in the basement lounge could see the movie upstairs, an electronic preset dimming system, and neon tubing under glass for main floor aisle lights. The neon aisle lights evidently were working into the 60's.  

The basement had a restaurant (closing date unknown) that was later used as a screening room. There was also a nursery and a barber shop.

The unique act curtain depicts a scene involving French royalty complete with clothing sewn to the curtain and human hair wigs attached. 

This was the last and the gaudiest of the big palaces to open on Broadway and it's still a sight to behold.

Original Seating:  1,949 is the number from the theatre's website (1301 main floor, 300 1st balcony, 348 2nd balcony). The main floor seating was initially in small sections no more than five seats across.  Several of the aisles were later abandoned and more seats added. Also note curious elevated loge sections along the sides of the main floor.

Peak Seating: 2,190 is a number from one source. This would perhaps be in the 40s after several main floor aisles were filled in with seats and perhaps the pit was covered with rows of seats added right up to the footlights.

Current seating: 1,937 according to the venue specs page of the theatre's website (1,305 main floor, 276 1st balcony, 356 2nd balcony). There's currently a large thrust stage way out beyond the theatre's orchestra pit line. And, in addition, there are three rows (about 96 seats) missing in front of the thrust.

The theatre's tech packet (presumably with older data) has seating charts and gives a current capacity of 1,978 (1,344 main floor, 276 1st balcony, 358 2nd balcony). That count excludes the three rows missing at the front of the main floor. Add back in the missing 3 rows in front and the capacity according to the tech packet is 1, 440 on the main floor for a total of 2,074.

Status: The Los Angeles stopped running movies on a regular basis in 1994. The theatre is currently closed except for film shoots, tours and special events. There are occasional film screenings at the Los Angeles Theatre sponsored by the L.A. Conservancy (as part of their Last Remaining Seats series) and other groups.  The Broadway district walking tours offered by the Conservancy also visit the Los Angeles. 

The Los Angeles Theatre has been owned since 1987 by the Deljani family. They also own the Palace, State and Tower theatres. Shahram Delijani is currently the member of the family most active in the Broadway Theatre Group, the operating entity for the theatres. Ed Baney is the General Manager.  The Delijanis have plans to revitalize all four theatres and have secured liquor licenses and use permits that, for operational purposes, designate the four buildings as a single complex. 

See the May 2013 LATheatres.blogspot post for a summary of the plans announced at that time.  Richard Guzman had a 2012 story in L.A. Downtown News on the plans brewing for getting the Los Angeles, Tower and Palace Theatres back into action. Curbed L.A. also had a recap.  

A September 2012 editorial, "Cautiously Optimistic" in the L.A. Downtown News had expressed concern about the booking difficulties for the venues and commented on past plans that had not come to fruition.

Ezat and Michael Delijani of Delson Investment Co. bought the building to save it from demolition at the request of then mayor Tom Bradley.  See the 2007 Kathryn Maese article "Behind the Delijani Empire" for more about the family.

The Delijanis also own the William Fox Building directly behind the theatre on Hill St. (and constructed at the same time).  Ezat, the patriarch of the family, died in 2011.  See Ryan Villancourt's 2011 article on the death of Ezat Deljani in Downtown Los Angeles News.

 The Los Angeles has seen quite a bit of renovation by the Delijanis over the years but there had been no action toward reopening with regular programming. They had repeatedly tied their plans for a real renovation and reopening of this building and the Palace Theatre to having the city solve a perceived parking problem by building a nearby garage.

In 2010, the city announced that due to the recession-induced budget crunch, they were suspending efforts to purchase property and build the garage.  Yet, the family went ahead with a $1 million upgrade of the Palace in 2011.

The Fox Building  was  proposed for a condo development in 2007. The blog Curbed L.A. reported:  "On the heels of that $40 million "Bringing Back Broadway" campaign, applications have been filed to create condominiums in two Broadway theater buildings...the office tower of the Palace Theatre and the Fox office tower of the Los Angeles Theater."  Also see the Curbed "Bringing Back Broadway" article.  

The Los Angeles Theatre in the Movies:  The opulent lobby is a favorite with filmmakers who have used it as hotel lobbies and palaces many, many times. 

The Los Angeles makes an appearance
  "Alex in Wonderland" (MGM, 1970).

The Los Angeles is filling in for a tryout theatre in some
unnamed city on the road  in Herbert Ross's "Funny Lady"
(Columbia, 1975). Here  Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand)
and Billy Rose (James Caan) are seen during a photo
shoot on the mezzanine.

larger view

See our "Funny Lady" post on Theatres in Movies for
more Los Angeles Theatre views from the film. We also go
 to the Orpheum and the Pan Pacific Auditorium.

The Los Angeles appears in Arthur Hiller's
"W.C. Fields and Me" (Universal, 1976). We also
see the Arcade and the Cameo theatres.

The Los Angeles Theatre is featured in a scene from
Martin Scorsese's "New York, New York" (United Artists, 1977).
Robert De Niro is checking into a New York hotel, whose lobby
 is actually the basement ballroom of the Los Angeles Theatre. 
 larger view | another view - toward the stairs

Robert Stack knows all the lines for the cartoon he's watching
at the Los Angeles in Steven Spielberg's "1941" (Universal, 1979).
 He's gone to see a showing of "Dumbo." The exterior of the theatre
(the "Hollywood State") was done on the Universal backlot.
larger view

Robert Stack and his men in the booth in "1941."
At right are the projectors. On the left we get a view
of the pilot board that electronically controls the
saturable reactor dimmers for the house lights.
 larger view

Robert Stack looking out a booth port in "1941."
 larger view

The lobby areas of the Los Angeles are something called
"The Playroom"  in
Stewart Raffill's "The Ice Pirates" (MGM,
1984), a "comic science fiction film," starring Robert Urich,
Anjelica Huston, Ron Perlman and John Carradine. Thanks to
Eitan Alexander for calling our attention to this overlooked
Sorry, no larger view. Do you really need one?

In Richard Attenborough's  "Chaplin" (Carolco, 1993) we
 go to the Los Angeles for two Chaplin premieres that didn't
happen and get no mention of the one that opened the theatre in
1931, "City Lights." Here Chaplin (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his wife
Oona O'Neil (Moira Kelly) enter the lobby for "Limelight" (1952).
See our Theatres In Movies post about "Chaplin"
 for more shots of the theatre from the film.

The theatre shows up in "Batman Forever"
(1995) and "Escape from L.A." (1996).

The lobby areas and auditorium get extensive use in the
direct-to-video epic "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish" (Saban/
 Warner Home Video, 1998). Thanks to Eitan Alexander (who
watches all the good movies) for sending this one our way.

We're in the 5th floor loft space at the Palace as the
apartment of Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore) in Joel
and Ethan Coen's "The Big Lebowski" (Polygram, 1998). 
The view out the windows is of  the Los Angeles Theatre.
The dude (Jeff Bridges) has come to visit.
larger view

We get some action in the lobby of the Los Angeles in
Michael Bay's "Armageddon," (Touchstone, 1998) with
Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck.  It has
a brief scene as a rather opulent strip club. Thanks to
Eitan Alexander for noting the film's omission from
our list -- and providing the screenshot.

The Los Angeles appears in "Man on the Moon" (1999).
We get a brief glimpse of the back of the auditorium from
onstage in "Being John Malkovich" (1999).

 Brad Pitt is at a rewind bench placed near the south
wall of the booth in David Fincher's "Fight Club"
 (20th Century Fox, 1999).

In "Fight Club" Edward Norton is telling us that Brad
Pitt (doing a changeover behind) doesn't like his "shit job"
 as a projectionist so he amuses himself by splicing
frames of porno into the family films he's showing.

Thanks to Los Angeles Theatre projectionist Mark Wojan for
pointing out where this scene in "Fight Club" was filmed. The
film also gives us exterior views of the Tower and Olympic.
See our Theatres In Movies post for those shots.

The Los Angeles makes an appearance as the Vatican Palace
when we go to see the Pope in the Peter Hyams film "End Of Days"
(Universal, 1999) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gabriel Byrne.
Here we have the Swiss guards in the main lobby.
larger view

The basement lounge of the Los Angeles Theatre is used
as the Pope's inner sanctum, in "End Of Days." We also
spend a lot of time in the Tower Theatre in the film.
 larger view

A cardinal giving the Pope bad news on the stairs in the
main lobby of the Los Angeles Theatre in "End Of Days."
  larger view

See our Theatres In Movies post about
 "End of Days" for more screenshots from the film
 featuring the Tower, Rialto and Belasco theatres.

We're supposed to be in New York City in David McNally's
"Coyote Ugly" (Touchstone Pictures, 2000) with Piper Perabo
and Adam Garcia but  here we are in the alley off 6th just north of
the theatre. The signage has been tweaked to say "East Broadway
Theatre" on top but if you look closely in the middle it says "Su
Teatro Los Angeles."  To further confuse matters, the side exit
is being used as the entrance for the Fiji Mermaid Club.
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The Los Angeles appears in "Charlie's Angels" (Columbia, 2000),
 "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003) and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005).

In Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" (Touchstone/Warner
Bros, 2006) with Hugh Jackman and Michael Caine we get lots
 of views of the interior of the Los Angeles Theatre including
 this shot of the grand lobby's staircase. 
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"The Prestige" also spends lots of time in the Belasco,
Tower and Palace theatres. See our Theatres In Movies
post for more screenshots from the film.

Near the top of Episode 9 in Season 1 of "Mad Men" (2007)
we have a lengthy scene lovingly showing off the the crystal
fountain on the mezzanine. The Los Angeles Theatre is
doubling for a NY Broadway theatre during the
intermission of the musical "Fiorello."

In "Nancy Drew" (Warner Bros., 2007), Nancy (Emma Roberts)
wakes up in the booth on a pile of marquee letters after a kidnapping.
She then crawls out a porthole onto scaffolding in the balcony.
larger view

More from "Nancy Drew":

in the booth  |  looking out the ports  |  crawling out  |
 |  on scaffolding - stage view  | on scaffolding -- ceiling view  |

In "Rush Hour 3" (New Line Cinema, 2007) we find Jackie Chan
and Chris Tucker going into a Parisian doorway to a gambling club.
The club turns out to be the downstairs lounge of the Los Angeles.
larger view

In David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Warner
Bros., 2008) the auditorium doubles as that of the Paris Opera House
both onstage and in a view of a lobby staircase.
See the Theatres in Movies
post for another shot from onstage at the Los Angeles as well as several
 at the Orpheum. It's standing in for the Majestic in New York.
 larger view 

Kermit gives a moving speech from the lobby stairs
 in "The Muppets" (Disney, 2011). The El Capitan was
used for exteriors and a studio set was utilized for
all the auditorium scenes.
larger view

Andrew Nicoll's "In Time" (Fox, 2011) uses the grand lobby
as a futuristic gambling casino visited by Justin Timberlake.
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Along with many other L.A. locations (including the
Building and the Orpheum) the Los Angeles
makes a stunning  black and white appearance in Michel
Hazanavicius' "The Artist" (The Weinstein Co., 2011)
Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.
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See the Theatres in Movies post on "The Artist" for
 two shots of the Orpheum from the film.

Our lead character Deb Dorfman (Sara Rue) is both appalled
and charmed by what she finds in the gentrifying downtown
 after a life in the Valley in "Dorfman in Love" (Brainstorm Media,
 2011). On one of her first visits we get a look at the Los Angeles
Theatre marquee and, as seen here, the sidewalk terrazzo.

The Los Angeles never actually appeared in Christopher
Nolan's "The Dark Night Rises" (Warner Bros., 2012) but
here we get a shot by Pasha Hanover of filming taking
 place in front of the theatre.
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In Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (Weinstein Co.,
2012) we get a scene in a theatre (supposedly in Lynn,
Massachusetts) with Joaquin Phoenix and his girlfriend
 Doris in front of the lobby's crystal fountain.

Later in "The Master" we're passing out flyers in
 front of the boxoffice for an event set in Phoenix.

And there's a great scene later in "The Master" up in the
second balcony where
Phoenix, presumably the theatre's
manager, is alone watching a Casper cartoon. He gets a
phone call and an usher brings a telephone to his seat.
Brian Dennehy and Christian Bale are all over the
 Palace Theatre in Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups"
(Broad Green Pictures, 2015). In one early shot we get
 a look over the edge of the roof toward a deserted
Broadway and the Los Angeles Theatre.
In addition to many scenes in various areas of the Palace,
we also get momentary views of the State, the Warner
Downtown and the Wiltern in "Knight of Cups." See our
 Theatres In Movies post for more shots from the film.

The lobby and auditorium of the Los Angeles are used for
a premiere in the Coen Brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" (Universal,
 2016) with George Clooney, Josh Brolin and many others. Thanks
 to Wendell Benedetti for the screenshot on the LAHTF Facebook
page (with lots of comments). It's from the trailer -- the film uses
the theatre similarly but we get a different movie on the screen.
See our "Hail, Caesar!" post on Theatres in Movies for
more shots using the Los Angeles as well as looks at the Warner
 Hollywood, Music Box/Fonda and Palladium from the film.

 For a movie about a cat, we see quite a few theatres in
 Peter Atencio's "Keanu" (Warner/New Line, 2016).  After
 escaping from a drug-related shootout in Boyle Heights our
eponymous cat checks out the L.A. River, walks across one
of the bridges and is seen here strolling on Broadway.
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In "Keanu" we also get views of the Palace Theatre,
the Vine Theatre and the Cinerama Dome. See our
 Theatres In Movies post for more shots from the film.

Elle Fanning and three others in the L.A. modeling
business use the restroom at a party in Nicholas Winding
 Refn's "The Neon Demon" (Broad Green Pictures, 2016).
 larger view

The party's actually in the lobby of the Orpheum.
See our Theatres In Movies post on "The Neon Demon"
for a couple shots there. And also one from a second floor
storefront at the Los Angeles Theatre that begins the film.

We get brief night views of the Los Angeles Theatre's marquee near the
end of Dan Gilroy's "Roman J. Israel, Esq." (Columbia/Sony, 2017). The
film features Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo in a
story of a brilliant, idealistic lawyer who makes a serious misstep. We
also get glimpses of the Warner Downtown, Orpheum and Rialto.
See the Theatres in Movies post for more about the film.

 IMDb has a page listing more titles that have
used the Los Angeles Theatre as a location.

The Los Angeles on Video: See the brief "Downstairs at the Los Angeles" on YouTube for a fun 32 second walk through of the downstairs lounge areas.

More Information on the Los Angeles: The Cinema Treasures Los Angeles Theatre page has many interesting tidbits of history about the theatre. The Cinema Tour page on the Los Angeles Theatre has a bit of history and some photos, mostly exteriors.  

Don't miss Floyd Bariscale's terrific Big Orange Landmarks article on the Los Angeles and his 93 item Los Angeles Theatre set on Flickr.

More photos: Check out the extensive interior photo set of Roobik Boodaghians on Facebook from 2013. Other photo sets of interest include those of Michelle Gerdes and Eric Lynxwiler, both on Flickr.  Start at Eric's first lobby photo to page through his Los Angeles Theatre views.  

See Sandi Hemmerlein's Avoiding Regret photo essay on the Los Angeles from her visit to the 2013 LAHTF/Cinespia screening of "Romeo + Juliet." The Cinespia website has a number of photos taken at the screenings of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (2015) and "The Godfather" (2015).

Curbed LA ran a nice February 2013 story by Adrian Glick Kudler "Touring Broadway's last Great Movie Palace.." that included many fine photos of the theatre by Elizabeth Daniels.

Dusti Cunningham has a 28 item set on Facebook with some interesting views from 2011.  Magnetic Lobster has an interesting take on the lobby and auditorium in his 2011 photos. And don't miss the 68 item 2007 Los Angeles Theatre set on Flickr by Will Campbell as well as his blog post about the Los Angeles

Pete Wilson's 17 item Los Angeles Theatre set also has some great shots from 2007.  The '06 Last Remaining Seats at the Los Angeles set by Pleasure Palate has 24 views. Museum of Neon Art has 3 views on their Facebook page of the 2000 restoration work on the vertical sign.

One of the best photo surveys is on the Los Angeles Theatre's website. Head to the gallery page to begin the tour for over 100 great views of the building.

More Information on S. Charles Lee: The best source of information on Mr. Lee is the S. Charles Lee Papers Collection at UCLA.  It's on Calisphere as well as on the UCLA Library site.  There are over 600 photos of Mr. Lee's various projects. However, no photos of the Los Angeles Theatre are  in the collection.

Check out "The Show Starts on the Sidewalk" (Yale Press, 1996) by Maggie Valentine, a professor of architecture and interior design at the University of Texas, San Antonio. It offers a nice history of the movie palace with lots of references to S. Charles Lee and various historic Los Angeles theatres. There's a preview on Google Books.

California State Library photos:  The Library has almost 150 photos, most of them early views from Mott Studios. They're haphazardly cataloged in a number of different sets, with lots of overlap and alternate takes:

Mott Studios 1931 photos:
set # 
001387262 - 18 views of lobby and lounge areas   - catalog data page
set #
001387263   - 16 exterior, lobby, lounge views   - catalog data page
set #
001387264   - 18 lounge, lobby, auditorium views   - catalog data page
set # 
001387265   - 11 facade, entrance, lobby views   - catalog data page
set #
001387266   - 12 auditorium and lobby views   - catalog data page
set #
001387267   - 16 views - lobbies and lounges   - catalog data page
set #
001387268   - 18 auditorium views   - catalog data page
set #
001387269 - 18 views of auditorium and lobbies   - catalog data page
set # 
001387270   -  2 boxoffice views   - catalog data page
set #  001454717  - 7 views, mostly lobby/lounge areas   - catalog data page
set #  001454721   - 11 views -  lobby & lounges, 1 auditorium   - catalog data page
set #  001454734 - house left organ grille  - catalog data page

By others:
set #
001377941 - 1983 William Reagh facade view - catalog data page
set #
001385558 - 1981 Tom Zimmerman photo - catalog data page
set # 001385559 - 1982 Tom Zimmerman basement lounge - catalog data pag
set # 001385562 - 1984 Tom Zimmerman auditorium view - catalog data page
set # 001385560 - 1984 Tom Zimmerman lobby view - catalog data page

    street views  1988 - 1998    

See our recent exterior views page
for views of the building since 2000.

A facade detail by Betty Sword from
Cezar Del Valle's Theatre Talks collection.  The
theatre was playing triple features at the time. 
full size view

Cezar is a Brooklyn-based theatre historian. For
other interesting material see his Theatre Talks
website and visit him on Facebook.

A look at the marquee by Betty Sword from
Cezar Del Valle's Theatre Talks collection. Our
main feature is "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark." 
full size view | on FB/LATheatres

The photo above also appears (without
 attribution) on Photos of Los Angeles.

On Photos of Los Angeles a shot of the theatre
running "Black Rain" with Michael Douglas, a fall 1989
 release.  Thanks to Paul Kanemitsu for his photo.

1998 ?
The Los Angeles Theatre hosting a Los Angeles
Conservancy screening of "Double Indemnity."
The photo appeared on Photos of Los Angeles.
 full size view  | on FB/LAtheatres

The facade of the Los Angeles Theatre.

S. Charles Lee designed the most ornate of
 all the Los Angeles movie palaces.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

 [ click on these three images to enlarge ]

Looking south on Broadway
toward the Los Angeles Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2012

A wonderful 1959 postcard view of the bright lights
of Broadway. The Palace is halfway down on the left
with the Los Angeles Theatre across the street.

The card above is one of many views that appeared
on a now vanished website Yesterday LA.

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    street views  1931 - 1987    

A lovely view of the Los Angeles Theatre opening
 from the California State Library collection.
"City Lights" was the initial attraction. It's a
 Mott Studios photo.
full size view |
data page

The opening photo above also appears on 
Noirish Los Angeles
post #45 along with
other vintage views of the building.

"Now Playing Here" A
daytime look at the
during the "City Lights" run. It's in
California State Library collection,
Mott Studios photo.
full size view
| data page

Another opening night look at the facade

from the California State Library
 collection.  It's a Mott Studio photo.

full size view | data page

The State Library has over 100  photos of the theatre taken in
1931 by Mott Studios
. You'll find many more of them spread around on
  the various pages about the theatre's interior.
The full list appears
in the left column of this page about two-thirds of the way down.

This Mott Studios view of the opening
with "City Lights"
on the marquee is in the
California State Library collection.
full size view
| data page

Woody Wise located another slightly clearer view of the
photo above and added it to our Los Angeles Theatres
Facebook page. There's also a version in the
  Los Angeles Public Library collection.


Another Mott Studios "City Lights" photo in
the Los Angeles Public Library collection.
 We get to look a bit south this time. 
full size view

Note the fine terracotta on the 2nd floor
 of the Zukor's storefront -- soon to be gone.

  Also in the  LAPL collection:
 |  exterior drawing | 1932 exterior - looking north |
 | column detail - undated  |

The USC Archives has this Dick Whittington
 Studio shot of the opening of Zukor's in the north
retail space. Playing at the Los Angeles: "City Lights."
full size view | another 1931 Zukor's shot

California State Library collection photo
by Mott Studios. The theatre is running "Aloha" with
 Raquel Torres,  advertised as "A Romance of the Tropics."

full size view | data page

California State Library "Aloha"
shot by Mott Studios.
The film was an April 27
 release from indie outfit Tiffany Productions.
full size view | data page

Thanks to the Historic Core Facebook page for this shot of
the Los Angeles running "The Lady Who Dared" with Billie Dove,
 Sidney Blackmer and Conway Tearle. It was a May 1931 release
 from First National. Onstage: Leon Errol in "Tid-Bits."
The photo also appears on the Facebook
page of Bringing Back Broadway.

A dazzling view of the Los Angeles Theatre's
 marquee. It's from the Tyler St. Mark collection
on the Facebook page
Vintage Los Angeles.
full size view
| on Vintage Los Angeles

A closeup of the boxoffice, also from
the Tyler St. Mark collection. 
full size view | on Vintage Los Angeles

A view by Herman Schultheis in the
 Los Angeles Public Library collection.
We're looking south on Broadway toward the soon
 to be replaced Los Angeles Theatre marquee.
full size view

A shot by Herman Schultheis looking north on
Broadway toward the Los Angeles. It looks like we
needed a flashier paint job on that vertical sign.
in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.

full size view


The Los Angeles
running "Lady Behave!" from
Republic and "Port of Missing Girls," a Monogram
It's on Photos of Los Angeles,
another find from Ken McIntyre.
Note the new angled marquee
 treatment in the view above.

A view of the Los Angeles on Flickr as we look north on
We're running "Blondie." The photo is from
Metro Transportation Library and Archive.
 full size view

The photo above also appears
on Photos of Los Angeles.

The USC Archives has this shot of the north
 retail space that gives a glimpse of the end of
 the marquee. It's part of a set of 31 that
 includes interior views of the space.
North on Broadway in a Los Angeles Public Library
photo from their Blackstock Negative Collection. The theatre
 is running "All Through The Night" with Humphrey Bogart.
There was evidently a big event at Bullocks, 7th & Broadway.
 full size view

A postcard view looking south on Broadway from
 6th on the site
Card Cow.   The site features
thousands of great vintage postcards.
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The Los Angeles Theatre is on the right. You'll also see
slivers of the Palace verticals outlined in red on the left.

Another version of the classic postcard in Cezar
 Del Valle's Theatre Talks collection.
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The postcard collection of Michelle Gerdes
on Flickr includes this fine v
ersion of the card.
No crowd in the street this time. And fewer
 windows lit in the building at the center.
full size view | on Flickr

And don't miss a wonderfully bright version of the
card above
from the collection of Brian McCray.

Another version of the cards above has the crowd staying
 on the sidewalks and we see two Red Cars in front of the theatre.
It's in Elizabeth Fuller's  Old Los Angeles Postcards
 collection where she notes it has a 1944 postmark.
And we get a moon!

A copy of this version of the card also appears in Eric
Lynxwiler's delightful Paper Ephemera collection on Flickr.

On the Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page
we get this view looking north on Broadway toward the
Los Angeles Theatre. It was added by David Riley.
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A USC Archives view of the facade
 by the Dick Whittington Studio. 
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A lovely look at some hydrant trouble at the
alley on 
6th just north of the theatre. It's a
USC Archives view that's part of a set of 8
from the Herald Examiner collection.
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The set also includes views turning
 around 180 degrees where we're then looking
 at the Metropolitan Theatre on 6th St.

Another postcard view from a little farther north.
Eric Lynxwiler has it on Flickr in his delightful
 Paper Ephemera collection.
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The Los Angeles during the run
of "Viva
Zapata" with Marlon Brando.
The photo is in the
Los Angeles Public Library collection.
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  Also in the  LAPL collection:
another view - "Zapata" |  marquee view - Zapata"|

A telephoto view looking north toward
 the Los Angeles.  It's a shot that appeared on
 Photos of Los Angeles. That's a bit of
the Globe marquee on the right.
full size view | on PoLA

Thanks to Michelle Gerdes for this snapshot she
picked up at an estate sale. We're looking south on
Broadway. At the Los Angeles: "Desk Set" with
Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.
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A look south on Broadway with the Los Angeles
 running "The Fly" with Vincent Price and Patricia Owens.
The second feature is "Space Master X-7." The photo
comes from the Sean Ault collection. Thanks, Sean!
  full size view
| on FB/LATheatres

USC Archives  has this Herald Examiner
photo of the welcome parade for the Dodgers.
It's part of a set of 24 images.
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A Los Angeles Public Library photo of the
during the run
of "Madame" with Sophi
a Loren. And you get to play Ten-O-Win!
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A fine postcard view from the amazing collection of
Eric Lynxwiler on Flickr. We're looking south from
 6th toward the Palace and Los Angeles theatres.
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A version of the card above also appears on the
 Classic Hollywood/Los Angeles Facebook page
-- where they give it the 1963 date.

The Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society
collection includes this Alan Weeks photo looking north
on Broadway toward the Los Angeles.
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The photo above is also on Photos of Los Angeles
as well as a re-post, both from Bill Gabel.

An uncredited 
Los Angeles Public Library
of the monumental facade of the Los
Angeles during the run of "Hit Man." 
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Another "Hit Man" shot. This discovery of
Michelle Gerdes is on Photos of Los Angeles.  
 The film srarred Bernie Casey and Pam Grier.
 full size view
  | on FB/LATheatres

The photo above is from the collection
of the Los Angeles Public Library.

The Los Angeles Theatre playing that great
epic "Chinese Hercules."  The photo comes
 from the Sean Ault collection.   

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Thanks, Sean!  Somewhat smudged versions of
the photo above also appear on Vintage Los Angeles
 and Photos of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Theatre running Spanish
 language versions of "A Trip With The Teacher" and
 "The Babysitter." It's from the
Sean Ault collection.
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A photo appearing on Vintage Los Angeles
 that's from the Richard Wojcik collection.
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A fine facade view on the LAHTF Facebook page,
 a contribution from Bobby Cole.  Thanks, Bobby!

A look at the Los Angeles added by Ken
McIntyre to the Photos of Los Angeles
page on Facebook. 
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Again from Photos of Los Angeles, a
wider angle version of the "Ninja" shot.
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A look at the facade by William Reagh
the California State Library collection.
full size view |
data page

A fine look at the theatre's marquee treatment
in the 80s.  It's on
Photos of Los Angeles,
a post from
Ken McIntyre.
 full size view

A look at the marquee by
cinematographer Gary Graver.
full size view

Gary Graver (1938-2006) took many photos of theatres.
More can be seen on YouTube in "Second Run - part 1" and
"Second Run - part 2."
Thanks to Sean Graver for the photo.

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