State Theatre

703 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

This photo is supposed to be at a theater in downtown Los Angeles. I thought the marquee most closely matched that of the State:

kencmcintyre on March 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Here is a March 1939 ad. Click on the ad for a closer view.

kencmcintyre on February 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Here is an August 1925 ad from the LA Times:

William on February 4, 2009 at 6:00 pm

That’s funny Meredith, I would enter the building from the main doors to the office building which was one store south of the theatre marquee. (see ken mc’s first shot above) The doors on the other side of Casa de Oro store. And then take the elevator to the 5th floor and walk down the hall to the second booth door.

For everyone else all theatres of the time when built had to have two exits to the booth for the projectionist. In case of fire. The other door to the booth was on the right side of the booth. (when your standing inside the booth) But that door was always bolted, because of the patrons inside watching the movies. It was not a very large booth as Meredith said. The Los Angeles’s booth was a Nice large booth and one of my favorite one for the size.

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Here are two photos taken today. I was trying to get a shot of the booth but the proselytizers were swarming today, so it’s a little blurry.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 20, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I use to love this booth. The State and Los Angeles were my two favorite boothes on Broadway. This was a long, narrow and a deco booth. It was just comfortable.

What was strange about State is you had to walk to the corner of the street, walk North to another business, take an elevator upwards, get out, and from there you would open a door to enter the projection room. Hey, that was nice. Nobody could bug you up in the booth.

kencmcintyre on December 15, 2008 at 12:45 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1963:

LOS ANGELES-Metropolitan Theaters is taking over the lease on the State Theater, as of January 14. United Artists is dropping the theater, which it has operated since 1949. The house is owned by Loew’s Theaters. The UA lease had until May to run, but arrangements were worked out for the earlier takeover. This gives Sherrill C. Corwin’s Metropolitan circuit most of the downtown first-runs.

vokoban on September 26, 2008 at 7:52 am

lol….I guess you’re brave. I was afraid they would suck my soul out and flush it down the toilet.

kencmcintyre on September 26, 2008 at 7:51 am

See post of 7/27/07. All things are possible, grasshopper.

vokoban on September 26, 2008 at 7:47 am

They are really creepy also….they practically do a cavity search when you go inside to make sure you don’t have a camera.

vokoban on September 26, 2008 at 7:41 am

It doesn’t look the same inside….that idiotic church painted white latex over everything.

monika on August 22, 2008 at 10:57 am

A recent shot of the State’s marquee:
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vokoban on August 1, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Here’s a photo of the State being built from a Harold Lloyd movie. The photos are from the author of the amazing books named Silent Echoes (Keaton) and Silent Traces (Chaplin). He’s currently writing a new book about all the locations from Harold Lloyd films…can’t wait.

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kencmcintyre on May 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I usually put the dates on. I was working and doing this at the same time, so I wasn’t being thorough.

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Here is a 1938 ad from the LA Times:

HowardBHaas on April 22, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Today, sadly, the website dropped the historic Loew’s from the theater’s name, to be consistent with this site’s overall policy.

kencmcintyre on April 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

That was with a cell phone. OK for closeups, but not much good long range. I had to toss some other Broadway shots I took today.

kencmcintyre on April 2, 2008 at 11:12 pm

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

William on March 31, 2008 at 5:31 pm

You can see the marquee in the film “Action Jackson” (around 51 minutes in). The film takes place in another city, but they used Downtown Los Angeles for select location shots.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 28, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Ken: with the big camera I had around my neck that day. I’d surely have been chased out. If I ever go back, I will take your advice. Thanks again.

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2008 at 7:10 am

You’re welcome, Bill. You can easily go inside and walk around as long as you don’t start taking pictures. Then you get chased out.

roxy1927 on March 24, 2008 at 12:59 pm

If you can’t tell the diffrence between between a theater and a theatre you’ve got not class that’s all I can say.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 24, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Ken, thanks for taking those photos last summer. In January I walked down Broadway and saw the outsides of all the great theaters, but was too scared to actually try going inside any of them. Maybe I should have, if you got into the State. Anyway, thanks again for posting pictures of where “Forbidden Planet” opened in 1956.