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703 S. Broadway   | map |

(plus an entrance at 306 W. 7th St. until 1936)

Los Angeles, CA 90014


The State Theatre is owned by Broadway Theatre Group -- Ed Baney, General Manager  213-629-2939.  It's leased out to a church group until late 2017.

Charles Peter Weeks and William Day designed the theatre and the striking red brick and terracotta clad 12 story office building.
The firm designed many other theatres including the Fox theatres in Oakland,  San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento. The State's office building is now known as the United Building. Through at least the late 30s there was a cafeteria in the basement with Moorish themed decor. 

Known as Loew's State Theatre when it opened, the theatre was built as the west coast showcase for the product of the Loew's subsidiary Metro Pictures which later evolved into MGM.

Although operated by Fox West Coast for Loew's for much of its early life, the theatre kept the Loew's name on the signage and in advertising until 1949 when, because of the consent decree, it was one of a number of theatres the Fox circuit had to relinquish control over. It became known as "The State" when United Artists Theatre Circuit took over the management.  Metropolitan Theatres was the final operator for its life as a film house.

The opening: November 12, 1921 at one of downtown's busiest intersections, 7th and Broadway. Loew's State once used entrances on both streets. The 7th St. entrance was closed in 1936.

Marcus Loew, in a photo from
the Theatre Talks collection.  >>

The opening attraction was Metro's "Liliom." Marcus Loew was in attendance with a bevy of stars. Wonderfully successful as a vaudeville/movie house, it featured elaborate stage shows by Fanchon and Marco with leading performers. Judy Garland sang here when she was still one of the Gumm Sisters.

A December 3, 1921 article in Exhibitors Trade Review (excerpted by Cezar Del Valle in a Theatre Talks post on the State) discussed the opening:

“The new theatre is of Spanish renaissance architecture, in keeping with a California style. It is combined with a Moorish effect, which gives a gorgeous interior decoration. Every seat in the house gives a broadside view of the stage.

The ventilating system provides a mushroom distributor under each seat. A vacant seat call designed by Manager Holt and W. F. Scott, the house stage director, and which is known as the Holtscott system, has been installed. The stage curtain weighs 1100 lb., and is made of velour. Special scene shifting apparatus makes it possible by means of pulleys to whisk the medallions from the stage floor in a few seconds. The stage can be changed from three to fifty feet in size instantly. A six-manual Moller organ, costing $50,000, and an orchestra leader with twenty-five pieces furnishes the music.

[Note: other sources say the organ installed in 1921 was a 3/18 Moller and the cost was $9,000.]

The theatre was christened by Viola Dana with a bottle of real champagne broken over the facade of the building on the the opening night. Of the 2,800 seats, one thousand were sold to the public at a box office sale which started Thursday, Nov. 10, at 10 o’clock and closed at noon the same day.

Stars who participated were Buster Keaton, Ora Carew, T. Roy Barnes, Wanda Hawley, George Beban, Herbert Rawlinson, Bebe Daniels and Wallie Reid. Fred Niblo was master of ceremonies and Bert Lytell introduced Mr. Loew.

The theatre was a blaze of lights both inside and out. It is the 200th theatre built by Marcus Loew and is the most completely equipped on the coast. It is housed in a twelve-story building costing $2,500,000. The theatre proper cost $1,500,000. It was built by Woods Brothers, Weeks and Day, and is under the direction of Ackerman and Harris, Western managers for Loew in San Francisco. Manager Nat Holt was formerly in charge of the Hippodrome.”

The big screen: The Exhibitors Trade Review article excerpted by Cezar Del Valle notes: 

“The new Loew [sic] State Theatre, which opened in Los Angeles Nov. 12 has a screen 24 by 44 1/2 feet. It is twice the size of any other screen in use in that city and pictures are furnished for it by what is said to be the largest projection booth in the world.”

The best booth in the world:  In another Theatre Talks post on the State Theatre, Cezar excerpts an Exhibitors Trade Review article about the booth that appeared December 17, 1921:

"Marcus Loew sure did spread himself on the projection room for his new State Theatre, Los Angeles, as the accompanying  picture shows. He states that this theatre has the largest screen in the world. He should also have stated that it had one of the best projection rooms, from a standpoint of equipment and the general layout, which is splendid."

A look down the length of the booth in a photo
from the Exhibitors
Trade Review article. 
Click on it for a larger view

"Three latest model Powers 6-B Cameragraphs, equipped with Type E lamps, constitute the projection machinery. Each machine is equipped with a speed control that is operated from a remote control panel board, by which speed the projectors can be regulated from seven different points in the projection room. This is a very unusual feature. There is also in the projection room two spot lights, a flood and a double stereoptican, for use in lighting effects in vaudeville acts.

Between each projector is telephone that is a talking and ringing station, by which you can talk to any one of the twenty telephone stations scattered through the theatre. A special feature to this telephone station, which makes it very complete, is that any one of the telephone stations in the projection booth can be connected to the Bell telephone on the house exchange, thereby enabling outside calls to be received or sent direct from the projection room. In case of an emergency this would be a tremendous advantage as it would eliminate the necessity of having to go wherever a Bell telephone was in the house, which is generally quite a distance from the projection room.   

The fire shutters are all suspended by chains from a master cord running directly over the magazines of the machines. The chains are connected to the master cord by a fusible link, and should one of these fusible links melt, it would release all the fire shutters, closing every opening in the machine room except the vent flues. These shutters are absolutely noiseless in their operation, and should there be a fire in the projection room, the audience would never be aware of it, as they would not hear the shutters falling.

Fresh air is supplied to the projection room from the outside through a large flue and the foul air is removed through a vent flue, to which are connected the vent flues from the lamp houses. Connecting the lamp house vent flues to the main vent flue creates a steady draft in the main flue, even when the fan is not running, which keeps the projection room supplied with fresh air. There are two special features in this connection: first it keeps the lamp house cool, which tends to lower condensor breakage, and second, if the ventilating fan would break down on a hot day, the draft in the flue goes a long way toward cooling the projection room.

All rewinding is done in a separate room with an enclosed cabinet rewind, which has ten compartments for putting films in. There is also an open rewind for inspecting and repairing films that have been damaged. The work bench is heavy and strong enough to do any kind of repair work necessary.    

The projection room has one feature that no other projection room in the world has--a shower bath, with hot and cold water, for the projectionist. Do you know of one?

Summing it all up this projection room is undoubtedly one of the best designed and arranged in the country. The equipment is up to date in every respect, and what is more important, the comfort and convenience of the projectionist has been kept in mind along with other things. W. A. Cook, who will have charge of it, is certainly to be congratulated on having such a splendid 'outfit' with which to work." 

Thanks for the research, Cezar!

History: In 1924 Marcus Loew engineered the merger of Metro with the Goldwyn Co. (which Sam Goldwyn had departed from in a 1922 power struggle) and the Louis B. Mayer group --  resulting in Metro-Goldwyn Pictures. By 1925, Mayer's name was also part of the company name, thus becoming MGM.

MGM's prestige product was well suited to the type of theatres operated by the Loew's Corporation. Although at its height in the late 1920's, the circuit totaled only about 160 theatres, they were typically lavish first runs in major cities. From 1925 until 1935 Fanchon and Marco were responsible for the elaborate prologues that accompanied the features.

From at least 1925 until 1949, the theatre was operated for Loew's by West Coast Theatres (later Fox West Coast), as was the Loew's Warfield in San Francisco, the only other Loew's Theatre at the time on the west coast.

In 1949 Fox West Coast turned the operation of the State over to United Artists Theatre Circuit (along with the United Artists downtown, which Fox had been operating for UA) as part of the consent decree. These two were part of around a dozen Los Angeles area houses that Fox was forced to divest themselves of.  The State was sometimes listed in UA ads as the United Artists State.  See a 1953 United Artists ad from the Ken McIntyre collection. 

A renovation proposed in 1955 for the United Building/
State Theatre. Fortunately it didn't happen. Steven
Otto posted this one on Photos of Los Angeles.
full size view

In January 1963, the State Theatre was acquired by Sherill Corwin's Metropolitan Theatres and was used for action flicks as well as Spanish product in its final years. The theatre closed in the late 90s.

Seating: 2,404

Stage depth: 28'

Status:  It's now being used as a church.  The current lease expires in late 2017 and the word is that it won't be renewed. The building is owned the Delijani family.  They also own the Los Angeles, Palace and Tower theatres.  See the main Los Angeles Theatre page for more information.

The firm has plans to revitalize all four of their theatres and has applied for liquor licenses and use permits that would, for operational purposes, designate the four buildings as a single complex.  See the May 2013 LATheatres.blogspot post for a summary of what was included in the plans.  The proposal for the State includes several bars and clubs in the basement -- which could happen before the church group vacates the theatre itself.

There were once plans to turn the office building into condos. In 2008 Eric Richardson wrote on Blogdowntown:  "The United Building, better known as the State Theatre Building, could soon become home to 155 live-work condo units."

As of 2013, the United Building was still rented as offices and light manufacturing.  The condo project was not pursued.

A photo by Eric Richardson of the State
Theatre from the Blogdowntown article.

The State in the Movies:

Harold Lloyd has some dazzling scenes up on what looks like
an unfinished building in the 1921 Pathe release "Never Weaken."
Some shots were from 1st & Hill but here we're at 7th & Hill
looking east at the back of the Loew's State building
-- then under construction.

One of many views of Harold Lloyd and
the alley side of the State in "Never Weaken." 
full size view

We get a look at the State in a big cruise down Broadway
during the opening credits of Dennis Hopper's "Colors"
 (Orion, 1988).  We also see the Million Dollar, Palace and
Broadway Theatres. It's all downhill after that. 
larger view | the credits on YouTube

"Action Jackson" (Lorimar, 1988) with Carl Weathers and
Craig T. Nelson is set in Detroit but we get a number of
Los Angeles views including the Alexandria Hotel, Cole's
P.E. Buffet and this shot of Loew's State. You probably
don't want to watch it unless you're obsessed with
picking out the L.A. filming locations.
larger view

Sade makes a run south on Broadway past the State
(running "Hellraiser III") in her 1992 music video "No
Ordinary Love." Thanks to Sean Ault for spotting it
 -- and figuring out where we were.
Christian Bale and Brian Dennehy spend a lot of time inside and
on the roof of the Palace Theatre in Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups"
 (Broad Green Pictures, 2015). Here in one roof shot we get
 a look south toward the State Theatre building.
larger view

In addition to many scenes in the Palace, the film also
has brief views of the Los Angeles, Warner Downtown
and Wiltern theatres. See our "Knight of Cups" post on
 Theatres In Movies for more from the film.

More information: The Cinema Treasures page on the State Theatre has lots of historical detail and particularly interesting discussions of operational history of various theatre circuits in downtown Los Angeles. 

The Cinema Tour page on State Theatre has a short history and some nice photos by Adam Martin.  Bringing Back Broadway has a page on the State with an extensive history.

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     street views  1921 - 1937    


Steel is going up for the State in this March 16 view
in the collection of the Los Angeles Public Library.
The photo was taken by George F. Adair Photo Service. 
full size view

An alley view of the nearly complete building in the
collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. It was
taken August 5 by George F. Adair Photo Service. 
full size view

In the view above note that the building to the left
of the fire escape is the Palace of Pictures Theatre
on 7th St. -- soon to close. The building is still
there but it's been retail since 1921.

A J.C. Milligan construction photo in the
Los Angeles Public Library collection.
full size view

Michelle Gerdes has also posted the view above
on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

More construction photos from the
George F. Adair Co.
in the LAPL collection:

  | beginning - Feb 4 |  framing underway -  March 4 |
framing  - top of building - March 8 | balcony framing - April 15  |
| from Broadway - April 15 |  from Broadway - May 13  |
 |  alley view - May 27  |  front view - August 19 |
front view - nearly complete - September 16 |


An early tinted postcard view of Loew's State
in Cezar Del Valle's Theatre Talks collection.

Here we don't have much in the way of a marquee
on either side and no vertical signs yet.

 full size view

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

Another version of the card above is in Brian
McCray's H0llywood Postcards collection.

A look at the building in the Architectural Digest
survey issue of noteworthy southern California buildings. 
It's from the Stanford Library and on Google Books.
 full size view

The State with Viola Dana in "The Five Dollar Baby,"
 a June 1922 release. The marquee also advertises a "Classy
Girl Revue" with a cast of 25. It's a lovely postcard from
the Michelle Gerdes collection.  Thanks, Michelle!
The card above also in the collection of the
 Los Angeles Public Library and appears as part
of the State Theatre postcard album on our
 L.A. Theatres Blogspot page.

also from 1922:
| "Broadway Rose"- LAPL  | west on 7th - LAPL  |
"Gay and Devilish" - Doris May - LAPL |

A lovely postcard view in the Michelle Gerdes collection
 appearing on our Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.
 Note that there's no readerboards yet on the second floor.
And check out the width of the canopy at the office
building entrance -- later reduced in size. 
full size view

 | "The Meanest Man in the World"
- looking north - LAPL  |
 | "Famous Mrs. Fair"
- LAPL |

A postcard of the State from the James Staub
collection on SoCal Historic Architecture. The
program that week included "Wine of Youth" with
Eleanor Boardman, the Fanchon and Marco
 "Birdland" Idea, and a Lloyd Hamilton comedy. 
full size view

also from 1924:
| "Woman on the Jury" with Frank
 Mayo - looking north - USC  |

| "A Slave of Fashion" - "Greater Movie
 Season" banner - USC  |
| "Cheaper To Marry" - USC  |

The USC Archives has this nice view
looking south on Broadway. It's from
 the California Historical Society.
  full size view

A detail from the 1926 USC photo. The State is playing
 "Into Her Kingdom," an August 1926 release with Corinne
 Griffith. Note the matching marquees of the theatre
and the basement cafeteria, just beyond.
larger detail view

 The signage atop the marquee has a West Coast
Theatres logo and lettering underneath that reads
 "Everybody Goes to West Coast Shows."

A view from above of downtown's busiest
intersection. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for spotting
 this one. Loew's State is playing "Syncopating
Sue" starring Corinne Griffith.
full size view

also from 1926:
| "The Waning Sex" - LAPL | south on Broadway - LAPL  |
| looking down at 7th & Broadway - May
Murray - "Valencia" - LAPL  |

  | looking east on 7th + Pantages dome - LAPL  |

A view looking north on Broadway from
Elizabeth Fuller's Old Los Angeles Postcards.
The 600 block with the Orpheum/Palace is on
the right and the Loew's vertical is on the left.

The card was mailed in 1940 but it's obviously an
earlier picture as the (now) Palace Theatre still has
the vertical signs saying "Orpheum."
full size view | on Flickr

The card above also appears as part of the State Theatre
 postcard album on our L.A. Theatres blogspot page.

 also from the 1920s:
 | straight down at 7th & Broadway  - LAPL |
| straight down -  another view - LAPL |
| straight down - yet another - LAPL  |

A Los Angeles Public Library view looking
north toward Loew's State and 7th St. Note the "cafeteria"
sign on the marquee above the office building entrance.
The cafeteria was in the basement.  The theatre was
running "Men of Steel."
full size view

A C.C. Pierce view looking north on Broadway
in the collection of the Huntington Library.
Note that the Palace has its new signage
and is no longer the Orpheum. 
full size view

There are also versions of the photo
 above in the USC Archives
and in the
 Los Angeles Public Library collection.

On the USC and Huntington sites you can use
 the slider to get a larger image -- then you can pan
around to explore details.

also c.1927
 | north toward the Palace - another shot - LAPL |

A view in the Los Angeles Public Library
collection of a Christmas star over 7th &
Broadway and the State running "Dream
of Love" with Joan Crawford.
full size view

Elizabeth Fuller's Old Los Angeles Postcards
(686 at last count) includes this card looking west on
7th St. when the 7th St. entrance was still in use.
It's based on the LAPL photo above.
full size view | on Flickr

Elizabeth's card also appears as part of the State Theatre
 postcard album on our L.A. Theatres Blogspot page.

A look up 7th St. toward the Pantages in a
Los Angeles Public Library collection photo.

Note the second vertical sign and the marquee
the 7th St. entrance.    
 full size view

A Christmas 1929 view north toward 7th from the
Dick Whittington Studio in the USC Archives.
A detail from the photo above, giving us a close look
at the marquee. Note the changeable neon letters used
on the building above the marquee. And look at that end
 panel of the marquee with almost a digital sign look to it --
presumably a programmable array of incandescent lamps.

The 1929 photo is part of a set surveying downtown
Christmas decorations that year. Thanks to Stephen
 Russo for finding the photos on the USC site.
| the set of 7 photos |

| down onto the marquee -
Rube Wolf appearing - LAPL |

A USC Archives view looking south on Broadway. 
The decorations are for the November Fiesta Week.
full size view


The State running "Body and Soul" along with the
Fanchon & Marco "Mickey Mouse Idea." The photo is in
 the Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann Collection,
part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collection.

Note the banner proclaiming the State the
 birthplace of the Fanchon & Marco "Ideas."

The L.A.Conservancy website once displayed this
 view of
the State. It's a photo from Terry Helgesen in the
AMPAS Tom B'hend and Preston Kauffman
slightly larger view

A glorious view west on 7th with the street decorated
for the Olympics. The card is in the collection
 of Michelle Gerdes.  Thanks, Michelle!
full size view | on FB/LATheatres

On the card above note the vertical sign and marquee
 for the 7th St. entrance of the State, in use until 1936.

Thanks to Ken McIntyre for finding this
7th St. view. The photo appears on a KCET Olympics
page where they credit the LA 84 Foundation.

The small building beyond the State was the
 Palace of Pictures from 1916 through 1921.
The building survives, as retail.

A wonderful postcard view in the collection of
Gerald DeLuca on Photobucket. Looking north,
you can see the Palace Theatre up the street. 
full size view | on Photobucket

Gerald's card also appears as part of the State Theatre
 postcard album on our L.A. Theatres Blogspot page.


We're looking west on 7th at the side entrance.
It's one of  a USC Archives set of Dick Whittington
photos featuring hordes of May Co. shoppers. The
film this week is "China Seas."
The Warner
is down a block at 7th & Hill.

full size view

also from 1935:
| looking east on 7th from Hill -
side entrance still in use - USC |

A Herman Schultheis photo in the
 Los Angeles Public Library collection
 gives us a view looking north with the State
 running "Double Wedding" and "45 Fathers."
full size view

Christmas crowds at 7th & Broadway in a
Los Angeles Public Library collection
photo by Herman Schultheis.
full size view

also from 1937:
 | "The Bride Wore Red" - looking south
- H. Schultheis - LAPL |

Loew's State Theatre Building -- 7th and Broadway.

For decades the State was one of the most successful
of all the downtown Los Angeles movie palaces.

[ click the image to enlarge ]

This 1921 exterior view is from the collection of Fred McSpadden,
longtime L.A. and Arizona theatre
manager. His notes on the back of
the photo indicate
it was taken "about 3 weeks before opening"
that he was the assistant manager. 

Note the November 12th date for the opening
is visible on both marquees. 

The photo  comes to us courtesy of Bill Buehler
 of the Tucson Fox Theatre Memories Project.

A 1956 view of the State Theatre.

We're looking south on Broadway.
photo: Richard Wojcik collection

It's a view that appeared on the Facebook page
 Vintage Los Angeles. The Tower Theatre, at this
time called the Newsreel, is a block away on the left.

Also from Mr. Wojcik:
| 1956 looking north -- Orpheum and Newsreel |

[ click on either of these images for a larger view ]

Another 50s view. Here we're looking west on 7th. That's
the Warner on the right a block down at 7th & Hill.

The card above is from the now-vanished website Yesterday LA.

     street views  1938 - 1997    

[ earlier views are on the bottom of the left column ]

Here's a Frasher Foto Card looking up 7th, with the Warner
in the distance.
It's on the Online Archive of California
and is in the collection of the Pomona Library.
full size view

A look from the Los Angeles Public Library at
State running "Happy Landing" with Don Ameche.
full size view | a less cropped version

A look east on 7th St. toward Broadway. It
was once on Photos of Los Angeles, a
 find by Ken McIntyre.

full size view

A photo from the L.A. Times Framework page
of the Labor Day parade passing 7th & Broadway.
full size view | on FB/LAtheatres

also from 1939:
| looking north from 8th & Broadway - USC  |

This great postcard appears in
Elizabeth Fuller's
Old Los Angeles Postcards
collection on Flickr.
We're looking
up 7th. Note that you can see the Warner
Theatre on the right at Hill St. 
The State is running
"Dr. Kildare Goes Home."

full size view |
on Flickr

also from 1940:
 | "Brigham Young" - north from 8th - Gallen Kamp's shoes - USC |
| "The Man I Married " - looking south to the Globe - USC  |
| "The Man I Married" - from above - USC


Looking north on Broadway toward Loew's State.
The Los Angeles Public Library has the photo
in their Blackstock Negatives collection.
full size view

also from 1942
| "Ten Gentlemen From West Point"
- boxoffice view - USC |


A May photo by Bob Landry for Life Magazine, part
of a portfolio done for a spread called "Streetcar Party." 

full size view | in Google's Life collection

Thanks to Tourmaline for including this photo and
from the set in Noirish Los Angeles post #35591.
On Google, the "related images" selection has other
views of the
"Syncopation Special."
 | another State shot in the set |

A superb view west on 7th with a bit of Loew's State on
the left, Bullocks on the right. Oh, yes -- the Warner down
the block at 7th & Hill. Thanks to Sean Ault for finding
 the photo on eBay and sending it our way.

Note in the photo above the corner sign says "There's Always a
Better Show at Loew's State." Later during the war  (and as late as
 1948) the top was covered with an "Open All Night" sign.  That
round clock we see at Hamilton Diamond Co. was evidently
 installed in 1940 or a bit later.


Catching the trolley in front of Loew's State. The
shot was added to the Photos of Los Angeles
Facebook page by Michelle Gerdes. 
full size view | on Photos of LA

also from 1943:
| "Thousands Cheer" - Palace: "Newsreels" - USC  |

A look at the State during a parade to sell war
bonds. It was once on Photos of Los Angeles but
then disappeared. The State is running "Laura."
full size view

| 7th St. side retail - USC |

A rainy day parade shot from Photos of Los Angeles
with the State running "The Climax" with Boris Karloff. 
  full size view

An August 14 VJ view from the Herald Examiner
 in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The
State has "Junior Miss" and "The Gay Senorita"
and is, of course, "Open All Night."

Some H-E copy: "Riotous celebration spread through
downtown Los Angeles as soon as the announcement
of Japan's surrender came. Here, at Seventh and Broadway,
 thousands have poured out into the streets and cars are unable
 to break through the walls of rejoicing humanity. Emotions kept
pent up through nearly four years of war were released as
Angelenos cheered and wept in their happiness."

also see two additional LAPL VJ Day views:
| night view  | another night view - west on 7th |

The Armistice Day parade in a view from the
 Los Angeles Public Library. The State is
running Hitchcock's "Spellbound." Note the
 new white "modern" readerboard.
full size view

"Wake Up and Dream" -- a look down from
 the now demolished Lankershim Hotel onto the
State marquee. It's a find of Ken McIntyre. 
full size view

A Los Angeles Public Library view
looking north on Broadway at 9pm during a
1946 transit strike. No nightlife at all. 
full size view

Above the readerboard:  "Open All Night"

We're looking west on 7th with a bit of the
 bottom of the State's vertical on the left. Down a
block at Hill there's a glimpse of the Warner. The
Los Angeles Public Library has the photo in
their Blackstock Negatives collection.
full size view

A parade view in the collection of
the Los Angeles Public Library.
full size view

The view south on Broadway with the State
running "That Lady in Ermine,"an August 1948 release
 with Betty Grable. It's with "King of the Gamblers." It's on
Photos of Los Angeles, a contribution by Bill Gabel.
full size view | on PoLA

| "That Wonderful Urge" - high
 from across Broadway - LAPL |

A postcard in the California State Library collection
featuring a Bob Plunkett photo looking north from between
7th and 8th with the Loew's State building on the left. 
full size view | data page

The State is running "The Sellout" with Walter
Pigeon. The Woolworth's building south of the theatre
 is the new 2013 home of Ross Dress For Less. The
 photo once appeared on Photos of Los Angeles.
full size view

Another view of the State with "The Sellout" but we
can now see that the bill also included "Pandora and the
Flying Dutchman" with James Mason and Ava Gardner.
It's an Examiner photo in the USC Archives. Thanks
to Eitan Alexander for sending it our way!

A wonderful postcard view from Viewliner Ltd. looking
west on 7th St. from Broadway. It's on the post "Streets of LA."
 Notice the "Warners" vertical down a block at 7th & Hill.  The State
is running a reissue of "The Westerner" (1940) with Gary Cooper. 
full size view | on Photobucket

The card also appears on Photos of Los Angeles and also
as a re-post on that site. And it's part of the State Theatre
postcard album on our L.A. Theatres Blogspot page.

A rare view looking north on Broadway from
Elizabeth Fuller's Old Los Angeles Postcards with
the Loew's State vertical lit in the center of the photo.
Beyond you can see the Palace Theatre signs.
full size view | on Flickr

The card above also appears in Eric Lynxwiler's delightful
 Paper Ephemera collection, and as part of the State Theatre
 postcard album on our L.A. Theatres Blogspot page.

| "Beau Brummel" - Loew's State + smog - LAPL  |

more from the 1950s:
east on 7th from above - still "Loew's" - LAPL |

 | north on Broadway - "The State" - LAPL  |

Looking south past an MTA maintenance truck toward
 the State in a photo from the collection of Eric Lynxwiler
 on Flickr. The State is running "The Catered Affair," a June
1956 release with Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine along
 with "Three Musketeers."
Note the upper readerboard where the State is
 plugging "Oklahoma" playing at the United Artists."

Check out Eric's monumental Los Angeles Theatres set on Flickr
and the album of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation,
where this 1956 photo also appears.

A look west on 7th St. from the
Metro Transportation Archive on Flickr.
 It's in their LATL Streetcar Lines set. We get
"The State" at the left and the Warner
down the block at Hill St.
full size view

| similar view -- from farther back |

By this time the vertical signs have been
changed from "Loew's State" to "The State."

A view of the State running "Torero" and "Town
 On Trial" in the Metro Transportation Archive
 LATL Streetcar Lines set on Flickr
full size view

"Make a Date at The State"

An L.A. Examiner photo from the USC Archives 
looking north on Broadway.  At the State: "Designing
 Woman" with Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall.
 full size view

A Los Angeles Public Library shot out
a window for a good look at the vertical sign.
Fortunately we can see the second feature on the
 marquee to date the photo: David Niven in
"Silken Affair," a September 1957 release.
In the view above note the Lankershim Hotel
across the street -- the site now has a horrific parking
garage as the hotel's replacement.

A lovely look south at the Palace and the State from
the Downtown Los Angeles album of Eric Lynxwiler
on Flickr. It appears to be 1957 and the "Holiday Show"
 at the Palace looks like "The Little Hut" with Ava
Gardner and "Funny Face" as the 2nd feature.
full size view | in LAHTF's Flickr set

We're looking west on 7th toward Broadway in
this fine photo from the Sean Ault collection.
  full size view | on FB/LATheatres

A look down on the busy intersection from the
Los Angeles Public Library collection.
full size view

also from 1958:
| looking north - smog mask! - LAPL |
| Dodgers parade  looking north - USC |

A look west on 7th with the State running "Ben-Hur"
that once appeared on Photos of Los Angeles.
full size view

This was not the roadshow engagement -- that was
 at the Egyptian in Hollywood. The card also appears
as part of the State Theatre postcard album on our
 L.A. Theatres blogspot page.

A sweet view looking south from the
Sean Ault collection. On the marquee:
"5 Miles To Midnight" and "Unstoppable Man." 
Thanks to Hoss C on Noirish Los Angeles for
 finding this view on eBay. Our theatre is over on the
far right. Hoss has it in his Noirish post #28127.

Bill Gabel found this March 1964 shot for the
Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page. The
headline: "Ruby is Guilty." It's by William Reagh.
 full size view | on PoLA

The photo above is from the collection
of the California State Library.


From Mr. Ethereal Reality on Noirish Los Angeles
we get a look at James Bond playing the State plus a
view down Broadway to the Tower, here in its
Newsreel days. It was a find on eBay.

| 7th St. side - William Reagh - LAPL |
| same in the California State Library collection |

Looking north towards on Broadway in a view from
the Sean Ault collection. The State is running "Weekend
With The Babysitter" and "I, A Lover."  Thanks, Sean!
Ooops. A snorkel truck overturned on Broadway.
It's a Los Angeles Public Library collection photo
 by Bruce Howell.  The State is offering us 3 Wild Hits.
 full size view

Ken McIntyre found this view for his of the State
running William Friedkin's "The Exorcist." 
full size view

A lovely view looking south on Broadway from
7th on the Neat
Stuff Blog. It's from a 2009 post
 called "
Vintage Los Angeles."   The photo is credited
to "nicepictures," a seller on eBay.

full size view

The Globe Theatre is halfway down in the block
on the left with the Tower and Orpheum beyond.

| facade detail - Wm. Reagh - California State Library |

A California State Library
collection photo by William Reagh.

The photo above is also
on Photos of Los Angeles.

The State marquee in a photo by Gary Graver.
full size view

More theatre views by cinematographer
Gary Graver (1938-2006) can be seen on You Tube:
 "Second Run - part 1" and "Second Run - part 2."

Sade makes a run south on Broadway past the
State (running "Hellraiser III") in her music video "No
Ordinary Love." Thanks to Sean Ault for spotting
it -- and figuring out where we were.

A look at the exterior of the State from
Berger Conser Architectural Photography. 
full size view

The photo is from Anne Conser and Robert
Berger's great book "The Last Remaining
Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown."

Visit Robert Berger's website:

This view of the marquee of the State near
the end of its movie days in 1995 appears on the
Grace Market Research Broadway Tour page.
full size view

The State marquee in a photo by Gary Graver.
full size view

The view south on Broadway captured
 by Dave Savage. The photo comes from
the Sean Ault collection
full size view  | on FB/LATheatres

more state theatre pages:
  recent exterior views  |  lobby areas  |
auditorium  | 
backstage  |  basement cafeteria  |