629 S. Broadway |map|
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Flora E. Hentz and John U. Zallee in
photos from a 1908 issue of Variety.
full size view
That's Broadway at the bottom of the
map and 7th running vertically on the left.
The Unique exited onto St. Vincent Place.
It's an interesting discussion of the Unique's exits. They talk
about the whole backstage wall of the theatre opening up to exit
patrons onto the street behind the theatre in case of emergency.
"Do not exit during the moving pictures: your
doing so obstructs the view and annoys others."
"The theatre is perfumed every day
by the IMPERIAL PERFUME COMPANY."
It's unknown what the "Unique-O-Scope" was.
Visit Danni's website:
Bayles/Yeager Online Archive of the Performing Arts
In October 1905 the manager at the Unique was J.J. Cluxton who would go on to take over the Regal in 1906 (renamed the Hecla, it had been the Star). He'd later stage prologues for various Pantages theatres and by 1916 was Mr. Pantages personal representative, traveling for the circuit and helping plan the new Pantages theatres in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.
A May 1907 ad in the Los Angeles Herald mentioned:
"Refined vaudeville. Comedy. Moving Pictures. Ladies' souvenir matinee Wednesday. Children's souvenir and Ladles' surprise matinee Saturday. "Amateurs" Thursday evening. Matinees Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday. Evening prices— General admission, 10c; reserved, 15c; orchestra. 20c; loges 25c."
"Refined Vaudeville. Comedy. Moving Pictures..."
at the Unique. It's the amusements column from
the June 26, 1907 Los Angeles Herald.
A September 30, 1907 ad for the Unique
appearing in the Los Angeles Herald
They have now reached a point where an increased clientele makes another move imperative and plans are being drawn for a 'Class a' structure, complete in every detail." [ the page in pdf format ]
The building on Broadway has been demolished. The current building at the 629 address, the Baker
Building, dates from 1910. Perhaps the team's move to the Empire was necessitated by the impending demolition of the building on Broadway.
We also had a later unrelated Unique Theatre in East L.A.
The south end of the 600 block of Broadway.
photo: Google Maps - 2011
The building at the right end of the crosswalk (with the blue Adidas
sign) is where the Unique Theatre was. Its building has been demolished.
What you see on the site now is the Baker Building, dating from 1910.
Farther south (with the two windows on the 2nd floor) is what's
left of the Hoffman Building. Beyond was once the California Furniture
Co. building. In its place we got a slender Bullocks expansion building
plus that low-rise thing with the yellow banner on the front. The block
ends with the earlier Bullocks Building at 7th St.
Across the street at the left is the Palace Theatre. Out of the frame
to the far right is the Los Angeles Theatre. Click on the image
above to enlarge or head to Google for the interactive view.