A section of a 1931 insurance map from the
Los Angeles Public Library showing the Art,
Optic, Star and Gayety theatres.
full size view | more maps
Here from the LAFD collection is a January 1913 shot of the
Brennan Hotel fire. The Brennan building housed the Star. At the
left is the Optic with the Century/Gayety Theatre at the right.
full size view
For more photos go to the "Major Incident" page and
look for "Brennan Hotel Fire, 1913" in the index on the left column.
On the Brennan page, click on "see completion LAFD photo
album photo collection" under the photo for more views.
A 1911 view looking north on Main with the "Vaudeville"
vertical for the Star Theatre visible at the left. Douglas
Rudd posted the view on Photos of Los Angeles.
full size view | a re-post | on FB/LAtheatres
See the uncropped view of the photo
above on the L.A.Times website.
A wonderful 1936 view of the Star
taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt.
full size view | on FB/LATheatres
They're running some old Buster Crabbe films along
with "Gambling Lady" with Barbara Stanwyck and
"Master of Men" with Jack Holt.
The photo above also appears on a 2011 post on the
blog Quite Continental, where the Star photo is featured
as one of Eisenstadt's works that were coming up for
auction at Doyle New York.
Ken has found another treasure. This is a
late 30s view of the entrance to the Star.
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A fine 1946 shot looking north on Main with the
Star in front of us advertising its "3 Big Major Features"
plus "Reconditioned Seats" and the Gayety down
the block. It's the Truancy Detail in action.
It's a Los Angeles Daily News photo. Their caption:
"Woman talks to boys skipping school outside a movie theater
in downtown Los Angeles. The truancy problem prompted the
10th District Congress of Parents and Teachers to recommend an
expansion of the truancy detail, which would include increasing
personnel in outlying portions of the district as well as on beaches."
Thanks to Eitan Alexander for
spotting this one in the UCLA archives!