Los Angeles Optic Theater on fire site
Anyone with an interest in the old theaters of Main Street in Los Angeles may wish to examine some interesting photos I found on this L.A. Fire Dept. history website. Under the heading of “famous fires” are photos of a 1913 fire at the then Brennan Hotel. An excellent contemporary news article accompanies the photos telling all about the
This is significant because the photos and the news story talk about all the theaters which were busy DURING the fire, and how the public was warned about the fire but did not panic. The Optic Theater is clearly visible next door to the Brennan Hotel. While smoke (mostly from the horse driven fire engines!) obscures our view of things, you get a good sense of time(and architecture). Hope you can find the web page.