State Theatre

703 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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MagicLantern on May 18, 2004 at 3:39 pm

Always fun to wander into this theatre during the Los Angeles Conservancy’s “Last Remaining Seats” Broadway tour on Sundays, but they’ll chase you out right quick if you let slip that you aren’t really there because of the Jesus. It’s in beautiful shape on the inside, though…this may also be the same Iglesia Universal outfit that runs the old Granada Theatre on Avalon Boulevard.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 17, 2004 at 11:39 am

Joseph Schenck was the brother of Nicholas Schenck, CEO of Loew’s, Inc. (parent company of MGM Pictures and Loew’s Theatres). It would be hard to say which of the two brothers was the most unscrupulous, but Joseph Schenck was the only one to serve time in prison (for tax evasion and pay-offs to union officials).

William on May 17, 2004 at 11:09 am

Fox West Coast Theatres and United Artist Theatres had partnerships in ownership in select theatres around the country. Like the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood was owned by Fox West Coast Theatres (Wesco) and United Artists Theatres, till Joseph M. Schenck (President UA Theatres) sold his companies interest in the Chinese to Fox (Wesco). Joseph M. Schenck was also the Executive Head of Production at 20th Century Fox.

Loew’s Theatres was one of the last theatre chains to comply with the anti-trust decree. They did so sometime in the early to mid 50’s.

Fox West Coast Theatres operated in the 40’s in the Downtown Los Angeles area.

Loew’s State Theatre (First Run District)
Los Angeles Theatre (First Run District)
United Artists (First Run District)
Orpheum Theatre (First Run District)
During the 30’s they operated these theatres in the Downtown Los Angeles area.

Loew’s State Theatre
Palace Theatre
Tower Theatre
Cameo Theatre
United Artists Theatre
Criterion Theatre
President Theatre

Metropolitan Theatres pickup the leases on many of the Broadway theatres when other major chains left the Downtown movie district area for Hollywood, Beverly Hills areas.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 17, 2004 at 9:29 am

When Loew’s “acquired” the Capitol, it was only a part interest previously owned by Goldwyn Pictures, a company that Loew’s, Inc. purchased to form part of MGM Pictures. The Capitol was then incorporated into a company that still had some of the theatre’s original owners, who wanted it to keep a separate identity from the Loew’s circuit. As the original owners died off, Loew’s bought their shares and eventually made the Capitol part of the Loew’s circuit…I don’t know enough about the history of the L.A. State to say whether it was ever “owned” by Fox West Coast. But I think that Loew’s got rid of it to comply with the Federal anti-trust decree against the company. I believe that the State was being run by Metropolitan Theatres when it was converted to a Spanish-language house.

William on May 17, 2004 at 9:09 am

Loew’s Inc. operates several theatres in association with United Artists Theatre Circuit and Fox West Coast Theatres (Wesco).
During the 30’s The State (LA) and Warfield (SF) was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. In the mid 40’s United Artists Theatre Circuit directly and through subsidiary companies is financially interested in the theatres listed below.
Chinese (Hollywood) with Fox West Coast Theatres
Four Star (Los Angeles) with Fox West Coast Theatres
Loew’s State (Los Angeles) with Fox West Coast Theatres
United Artists (Los Angeles) with Fox West Coast Theatres

You will see United Artists Theatres had theatres in Inglewood, Pasadena, Capital(in Glendale), UA Long Beach, UA East LA (Alameda) and a few others. These theatres were operated by Fox West Coast Theatres (Wesco).

RobertR on May 17, 2004 at 7:52 am

Two comments about your post Warren. I noticed it odd in the second marquee photo from 1955 its says The State and not Loews. Was Fox west coast now the owner? Also why did the Capitol not have the Loews name on it until later on? I would think they would be proud of one of New Yorks great palaces.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 17, 2004 at 7:11 am

This was never the “flagship” of the Loew’s theater chain. That honor went to Loew’s State in Times Square, NYC, which was adjacent to the executive HQ of Loew’s, Inc., at 1540 Broadway. Loew’s also operated the famous Capitol Theatre in NYC, but that was kept separate from the circuit and never had the Loew’s name attached to it until the last years of its existence…I suppose that you could say that the L.A. State was the “flagship” of Loew’s West Coast theatres, which wouldn’t be saying much because the circuit had only one other, the Warfield in San Francisco. And I believe that both of those theatres were actually operated for Loew’s by Fox West Coast Theatres.

William on February 27, 2003 at 3:11 pm

The marquee in the picture is the second marquee that was installed in around the 1939. When this theatre opened it had two marquees , one on Broadway and one around the corner on 7th. Also it had a large neon display signage that ran outside the entire building.

Denny on December 2, 2002 at 3:25 pm

This was the grandest of all the Loew’s theatres. The mezzanine level leading to the huge balcony was more ornate than the long narrow lobby.

JustAGuy on November 19, 2002 at 10:09 am

Is it is o is it ain’t open!!!!!!!!

Bansheebob on September 28, 2002 at 9:41 pm

I have a lobby flyer from one of Buster Keaton “Go West” It’s about a 6x5 folded flyer that has Buster on the front with more information on the inside. And on the back has in Red lettering (Rubber Stamped) Loew’s State Theatre Week Starting Saturday No 21st. My Grandmother grew up in the Los Angeles area in the 1920’s when she was just a little girl. My Great Grand Father was a big fan of the Picture Shows and this flyer was in her belongings.

William on June 5, 2001 at 12:09 pm

Theatre opened in 1921. The State was designed by Weeks & Day, the same firm that designed the FOX in Oakland, CA. The State seats about 2380 people. The State showcased for many years the same shows that play The Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.