Globe Theatre

744 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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kencmcintyre on February 4, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Here are a couple of photos taken today. I hadn’t seen the Morosco Theater sign behind the marquee, but I assume it’s been there all along. It was more visible live than on these photos, unfortunately.

monika on February 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I am so bummed to be missing this event! It is made worse by the fact that I just attended the Conservancy’s theatre tour this past Saturday….

vokoban on February 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I don’t think I’ll be able to make it either…hopefully, someone will go and take some photos.

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm

That sounds interesting. I have to work on Saturday, or I would be there. Take some good photos for me.

vokoban on February 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm


Globe-Morosco Theatre
744 S. Broadway
Here’s a little more about the event mentioned by Don S:

Enter 8th Street Alley
Downtown Los Angeles

Saturday, February 7th, 10:30 am. Doors open at 10 am

Free Admission! All Are Welcome!


The brutal conversion of the Globe into a swap meet in 1987 and the closure of two other Broadway theatres were the impetus for the creation of the LAHTF in 1988. We are pleased to invite the public in to see how this theatre has been adaptively re-used by the Club 740 and owner-operator Ralph Verdugo. We thank Club 740 for opening their facility to us.


The tour will take us up to the balcony, closed since the 1930’s, through the basement and up into the fly loft. Please dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. Plan to join us for further discussion of the theatre over lunch at Clifton’s Cafeteria immediately following the event.

Ed Kelsey will provide a power point presentation on the history of the theatre. To pique your curiosity, a taste of the theatre and its impresario’s colorful histories follow.

DonSolosan on February 3, 2009 at 12:41 am

On February 7th, 2009, the Los Angeles Historical Theater Foundation will be hosting another of its “All About” series at the Globe-Morosco. Tour the theater and learn about its history. Doors open at 10 a.m., event starts at 10:30.

kencmcintyre on February 2, 2009 at 7:35 pm

This is part of an LA Times article dated 7/20/30:

Known in its heyday as a “cradle for actors', the old Morosco Theater, more recently the President, will become a motion-picture playhouse in the next thirty days. The theater, built eighteen years ago for Oliver Morosco, has been leased to Fox West Coast Theaters to become Los Angeles' first newsreel theater. In the next few days, workmen will enter the old building for purposes of refurbishing the interior, perhaps to tear out the old fashioned boxes and to install sound-picture projection equipment.

Under the Fox West Coast regime, it will show only newsreels. Programs will run around fifty minutes and will change as fast as new shots of important international, national and local events arrive. It will bear the title “Newsreel Theater”.

monika on August 20, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Here’s a current photo:
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kencmcintyre on March 23, 2008 at 10:01 pm

I was driving down Broadway tonight as it was getting dark, and the neon was lit for the Globe, Palace, Los Angeles and Tower. Quite a sight. I took some pictures on the fly which I will post. I would like to see the neon when it’s fully dark at some point.

jmarellano on March 18, 2008 at 5:42 pm

I thought this was interesting.

I drove by the Globe today and noticed that they have finally replaced and restored the GLOBE letters on the marquee. not only that, the neon inside was lit and it was beautiful. Im glad that they finally have finished it. I wish I had a camera. But if you are in the area, stop by and look.

kencmcintyre on March 13, 2008 at 9:59 pm

There is a 1/28/08 article from the LA Times about the renovation project posted on the Los Angeles Theater page.

Manwithnoname on March 13, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Actually, there is a refurbishing of that part of Broadway going on thanks to funds provided for the project. There has been work going on at the Los Angeles and Palace Theaters as well and both of them have “Bringing Back Broadway” on the marquee. I don’t know the details. I thought that nightclub was gone thanks to one too many visits by LAPD but the website link above is still up and running. Personally, I’d like to see the facade made to look like it did when it was the Morosco.

kencmcintyre on March 13, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Last July the marquee was advertising a night club. The club may be gone, that’s why they took those panels down. Just a guess.

DonSolosan on March 13, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I was downtown last week. The Globe looked like Hollywood90038’s recent photo. Does anyone know if they’re restoring the neon or something?

kencmcintyre on March 7, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Perhaps Mrs. Ichabod Crane.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Now Showing! The Headless Brides!

Manwithnoname on March 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm

The letters spelling out “GLOBE” have been replaced with a fresh coat of red paint. No doubt part of the current revitalization of Broadway.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 31, 2007 at 11:51 pm

From the UCLA collection of L.A. Times and Daily News photos, here’s the Globe with the name “Newsreel” on its marquee. The occasion was an April, 1948 demonstration by Costa Rican emigres against their government at home. Down the block, the future Newsreel
Theatre (and former and future Tower Theatre) can be seen with the name “Music Hall” on its vertical sign.

kencmcintyre on November 5, 2007 at 9:29 am

The President was closed in July 1934:

kencmcintyre on October 30, 2007 at 9:13 am

Here is a September 1928 ad from the LA Times: