Los Angeles Theatre

615 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2007 at 11:32 pm

The Unique would have been a few doors south. If they were projecting something on the Unique-O-Scope, would that qualify it as a theater? The ad is from 1906:
http://tinyurl.com/288ls6

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 25, 2007 at 2:46 pm

The ad on the far right was in the LA Times in March 1947. People were somewhat perturbed about the advent of the atomic weapons era:
http://tinyurl.com/26qu9w

William
William on October 16, 2007 at 5:59 pm

Brucec, Yes it’s a shame that all those theatres are not being reused as theatres. As newer complexes are being built around the area. The Wiltern Theatre came back from near death. The Pantages Theatre is alive in Hollywood. I remember working along Broadway and these theatres all were just waiting for their time to be rediscovered. As progress was always just a few blocks away waiting for the light to change.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on October 16, 2007 at 5:34 pm

Does LA have any plan to help restore Broadway as a Theatre District in the historic core. The building of the Nokia Theatre with 7000 seats and a smaller theatre with 2400 seats doesn’t help Broadway and it delays the rebirth of this area. LA is one of the only Large Cities not investing in the historic downtown they build everthing around it where they should be spending money restoring the historic core. Its nuts that a 2400 seat theatre is being built in the Nokia complex when you have the Los Angeles,Orpheum,State,United Artists,Million Dollar,Palace and Warner all located Downtown. Its this lack of planning that delays the rebirth of Broadway. LA really needs a new 2400 seat capacity theatre when you have so many historic theatres waiting to be reborn.The Nokia theatre will never be another Radio City City Music Hall as it likes to compare itself to. The Nokia will really hurt the 6200 seat Shrine Auditorium which has made a comback hosting Award shows during the past two decades.This will be the second time LA has turned its back on Broadway, the first was when the Music Center was built in the 1960’s and now the Nokia Entertainment complex. If New York City can revive 42nd Street I think LA can revive Broadway with better planning.brucec

BhillH20
BhillH20 on August 24, 2007 at 5:47 am

The first photo is from January, 1931 at its formal premiere opening day.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 24, 2007 at 4:58 am

The Dodgers are welcomed to Los Angeles, 4/18/58. It looks like the car in the middle is an Edsel:
http://tinyurl.com/3xons8

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 20, 2007 at 12:33 am

Here are two undated photos. “Conservancy” is a tough word to spell, apparently:
http://tinyurl.com/2lezcj
http://tinyurl.com/3azxcb

LAOPERAMAN
LAOPERAMAN on August 11, 2007 at 7:46 am

I was inside the Los Angeles the other day for the millionth time with a group of tourists and while they were looking up at the amazing lobby ceiling I was taking to Frank the manager. He said that the theatre is working on securing a liquor licence for future events. This to me shows that the owners are serious about re-opening this theatre on a regular basis for events and whatnot. I’ve spent thousands of hours in this building with the LAC’s Historical Theatres Committee and he Lyric Opera of Los Angeles and I never get tired of it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 6, 2007 at 2:50 am

I don’t know what to make of this picture. Perhaps they are implying that the photographer was standing behind the robber at the moment of the crime. It could be a re-enactment, or maybe they’re referring to the ticket prices:
http://tinyurl.com/yvc5vm

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 3, 2007 at 11:45 pm

That corner building next to the Paramount annex is still there. It has “Sun Drug Co” carved on the front, near the top.

William
William on August 3, 2007 at 11:24 pm

You can also see the vertical sign for the Paramount Theatre down the street, on the former Broadway entrance.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 3, 2007 at 11:03 pm

Here is an early photo of the Los Angeles from the LAPL. Date is 1932:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics30/00049663.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2007 at 12:07 am

There was a cyclone fence across the front of the theater today. No one was around, so I couldn’t ask what was going on.

rroudebush
rroudebush on July 12, 2007 at 9:48 pm

Brady is on over twenty councils, committees and commission for downtown redevelopment, and I know for a fact that he has a very special love for the Los Angeles Theater.

Brady is the one who took down Mike Davis and his book “The Ecology of Fear.” Don’t mess with Brady!

rroudebush
rroudebush on July 12, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Hmmm… Well, that must be the guy then, and Brady Westwater is a good friend of his (Brady was at the party, too). And, believe me, if there is anybody you want standing up for the Los Angeles Theater, it’s Brady Westwater. That theater would be compromised over his dead body.

rfwebber
rfwebber on July 12, 2007 at 7:56 pm

From Brady Westwater’s blog, entry dated June 22, 2007: “The State, the Palace, the Tower and the Los Angeles theaters, owned by Michael Delijani, are currently used for filming, live events and the Last Available Seats movie series.” (Of course he means “Last Remaining Seats”.)

rroudebush
rroudebush on July 12, 2007 at 7:37 pm

I met the owner of the Palace Theater at a party after the opera we did there (a very young man whose name I’ve forgotten). He also owns the restaurant where the party was, which had wonderful photos on the walls of the Palace Theater in its original vaudeville state). He said he had just bought a much smaller theater downtown as well, but I don’t think he owns the Los Angeles Theater.

If you contact Brady Westwater at http://lacowboy.blogspot.com/

I’m sure he could tell you the owner(s) of the Los Angeles Theater.

(I wish it were the guy who owns the Palace – like I said, a young guy who seems to have unlimited funds – he treated the entire cast to drinks and dinner at his restaurant – and a great appreciation for the history of the theaters on Broadway.)

rfwebber
rfwebber on July 12, 2007 at 7:07 pm

Actually, the property behind the theater on Hill Street, the William Fox Building, is owned by the same people who own the theater. They acquired the Fox Bldg. in the 80’s for conversion to a jewelry mart and the theater came with the deal. The two buildings were built at the same time and have always constituted a single parcel of land. The theater building extends nearly 2/3rds of the way to Hill Street, thus allowing it to be oriented perpendicular to the street, in contrast to the other large theaters on Broadway. At first the owners were reportedly considering breaking through the back wall of the theater stage and extending the jewelry mart into the theater! Fortunately that never happened and the owners have come to recognize its value as a theater. (In fact, I believe they have also acquired the Palace and the State. Can anyone confirm this?)

rroudebush
rroudebush on July 12, 2007 at 3:54 pm

There is actually lots of parking at the Pershing Square underground lot, which is only a block away from the theater. At the opera production I was in, mentioned above, a discount rate was negotiated with this parking facility for people with a validated ticket. It worked beautifully.

But the Los Angeles does have a shallow stage and limited backstage facilities, which compromise it for live productions. If some enterprising person would buy the property in back of it, the backstage area could be completely redone.

rfwebber
rfwebber on July 12, 2007 at 1:04 am

The L.A. is more likely to be used these days as a movie and TV location (e.g. the recent Tony Bennett TV taping). As for its use as a first run movie theater, the problem is that a 2000-seat, single-screen house is a near financial impossibility in today’s market, regardless of location. Some people have been exploring its use as a live venue, but there are problems. One is difficult backstage access (for sets, etc.). Another is the lack of sufficient nearby parking.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 11, 2007 at 9:42 pm

Everybody stands in line once a year for the last remaining seats show. Other than private parties, that’s about it. But, as we’ve said on some of the other pages, is there enough demand to keep a first run theater going in DTLA? I guess the Staples people will find out when they open up their multiplex in a few years. There will be an increased need for entertainment if the downtown population continues to multiply.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 11, 2007 at 9:27 pm

There is going to be some fight if they ever try to bulldoze this. At least I hope there will be a fight.

rfwebber
rfwebber on May 31, 2007 at 4:04 pm

You’re right. My apologies.

William
William on May 31, 2007 at 3:49 pm

In the above comment you stated “When Dr. Scott first acquired the State”, you mean the United Artists theatre right.