Palace Theatre

630 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I’ve just seen the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation’s page about the Palace. It has a few interesting pictures but also has some errors in the text. It says that the third Orpheum in Los Angeles (the Palace) was built when the second Orpheum burned down, but in fact the second Orpheum didn’t burn down, and had a long post-Orpheum life as a movie theater called the Lyceum.

The page also says that the first Orpheum was built in Los Angeles in the 1880s. That’s a bit ambiguous, but if it means that the Orpheum Circuit began in Los Angeles it’s not quite right. The first theater in what became the Orpheum circuit was opened in San Francisco in 1887, and in 1894 its operator, Gustav Walter, entered a partnership with Martin Lehman, owner of the Grand Opera House on Main Street in Los Angeles, to present vaudeville shows there under the Orpheum banner. As a circuit implies more than one theater, the Grand could be considered one of the first two theaters in the Orpheum Circuit, as it was the first house Walter and Meyerfield operated outside San Francisco, but it was never the flagship of the circuit.

Incidentally, the Wikipedia article about the Orpheum Circuit also contains some errors. Most significantly, it is wrong in saying the company was founded by Martin Beck. Gustav Walter and his assistant Morris Meyerfield started the circuit. Beck, originally a vaudeville troupe manager from Chicago who became another of Walter’s assistants, acquired control of the company several years after it was founded.

kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Here is a night shot. The Los Angeles marquee is also lit, on the left.

kencmcintyre on April 25, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Here is another late 30s photo from USC:

kencmcintyre on April 25, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Here is a 1939 photo from the USC archive:

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Great slide show from last week. Let’s hope this place can be turned around like the Orpheum.

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Here is a colorful shot from 1980:

drb on March 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm

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Saturday Matinee At Broadway’s Palace Theater

And the photos that accompany the article:
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(I still need to Photoshop mine)

drb on February 20, 2009 at 12:01 am

I can’t find the info on the LAHTF’s website yet, but Chris Nichols posts this about their upcoming free tour of the Palace, along with dates of upcoming tours of the Los Angeles, Tower and Rialto.
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[quote]The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation
Invites You & Your Friends To Attend
All About the Palace
Saturday, February 28, 10:30 am â€" Doors open at 10:00 am
Palace Theatre * 630 S. Broadway * Downtown Los Angeles

SEE! â€" the beautiful 1911 Palace Theatre and a big screen presentation of rare photos of its past
HEAR! â€" Theatre Historian Ed Kelsey tell the Palace story
TOUR! â€" get an insider’s look at this amazing theatre â€" from the Gallery to the Basement
DISCOVER! â€" how you can become actively involved with the LAHTF
PREVIEW! â€" a series of exciting events coming to historic theatres soon
LEARN! â€" how you can get hands-on experience saving, restoring and programming great theatres
EXPLORE! â€" visit the Palace’s comprehensive website â€"
REPAST! â€" Join us at Clifton’s Cafeteria immediately following the event to continue the discussion.
SHOP! – Look for bargains in the nearby Garment District and in Broadway’s shops.

ALL ABOUT THE TOWER & RIALTO, April 18 [/quote]

monika on August 7, 2008 at 1:04 am

Here’s a July 2008 photo I took:
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William on July 29, 2008 at 11:32 am

Yes , it was known as the Palace Newsreel at one time. If you you at the picture at the top, you will see Palace on the marquee and Newsreel on the two vertical sign for the theatre.

monika on July 29, 2008 at 10:15 am

I posted a diptych of the Palace and the Roxie on my Flickr page:
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rovernl on April 24, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Here are three more photos of the Palace from 2008
From Broadway:
Street Scene:
From Spring the Palace Theatre Newsreel sign:

kencmcintyre on April 13, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Here is a photo taken from Spring Street that Larry Harnisch posted on his LA Times “Daily Mirror” blog:

kencmcintyre on April 2, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Here is a screen shot from the 1988 film “Colors”:

kencmcintyre on April 1, 2008 at 9:39 am

Note the old Orpheum signage in the lower picture.

DavidGallagher on April 1, 2008 at 9:27 am

a close up I took of the marquee neon (and another of the terracotta)

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kencmcintyre on February 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Liz plays the Palace, per an August 1973 ad in the LA Times:

William on November 5, 2007 at 1:33 pm

During the 30’s the Palace Theatre was operated by Fox West Coast Thetares. During the 40’s it was part of the Principal Theatres Corp. of America chain. And then in the 1950’s it became part of the Metropolitan Theatres chain till it closed.

BroadwayTheatresLA on November 5, 2007 at 1:06 pm

It is a prop from a Adam Sandler film.

kencmcintyre on November 1, 2007 at 7:31 am

Here is an LA Times ad for the Fox Palace in November 1929:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 4, 2007 at 10:44 pm

I don’t think this photo has been posted here yet: This is a ca1930 photo from the California State Library website. It depicts Desmond’s clothing store a few doors north of the Palace, but there’s an interesting view of the Palace’s painted wall sign and its vertical sign, both of which bear the name Fox. Fox West-Coast must have begun operating the Palace within a couple of years of the opening of the new Orpheum down Broadway south of 8th Street.