Million Dollar Theatre

307 South Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 25, 2007 at 6:03 pm

You’re talking about the theater, right? The Bradbury is across the street. Not being picky, just clarifying.

LAOPERAMAN
LAOPERAMAN on June 25, 2007 at 5:41 pm

I was at the downtown office this week, and I was able to get into the Bradbury playing the “I’m a tour guide/member of the LAC’s historical theatres committee” crap…. Well…. The auditorium looked okay – painted red, gold, and cream. The lights were down save for these red lights on for accent… The Lobby on the other hand….. As I posted above, they have removed the 1950s drop ceiling, but they have placed a rather ugly gold pressed tin ceiling in it’s placed and have hung ugly lamps…. I’m hoping that once this theatre is open and making money, that they’ll do a full lobby restoration at a later date….

LAOPERAMAN
LAOPERAMAN on June 2, 2007 at 8:29 pm

I was in the theatre lobby this morning conducting a tour and saw that the drop ceiling and round lights added in the 1950s has been removed. Near that front door the 1940s round dome has been un-covered and is being restored. I couldn’t get my group into the auditorium, but I could see that the underside of the balcony has been re-painted a Maroon-ish color. I hope to try to sneak in next Saturday.

delarosamark
delarosamark on June 2, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Hello – My name is Mark Anthony De La Rosa and I am the Grand Son of Adolfo (Al) De La Rosa, also known as “El Gordo De La Rosa.” He worked directly for Frank Fouce in the 1950’s and managed the Million Dollar Theatre and was also responsible for booking and bringing various Latin Talent from all over Latin America to include Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, Pedro Vargas, Cantinflas, La Bomba Atomica and various others to the United States. Please advise if you knew my Grand Father; if so, I would like to hear some stories or you may have some pictures that you may be willing to share. My Grand Father passed away on December 5th, 1968 (before I was born). I do look forward to your response. Thank you in advance.

Sincerely,

Mark A. De La Rosa

P.s. I can be reached at

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 22, 2007 at 5:38 am

I guess a million is appropriate, given the name of the theater.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 21, 2007 at 5:44 pm

I suppose it could have taken them a while to bring the sign down. There is no reason they really had to. If anyone inquired they could’ve said that the theatre is under contract, and a lot of time wouldn’t have been wasted.

The other thing is that I imagine it doesn’t really take that long to spend a million dollars on renovation, despite what instinct might lead you to believe.

If it were a pain-staking restoration, which I don’t get the feeling it is, I could see how the time span you are discussing might seem odd.

My two cents.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 21, 2007 at 4:53 pm

They had a “for lease” sign out front a few months ago. I didn’t know all this renovation was going on inside. Who is paying for all this?

Homeboy
Homeboy on May 21, 2007 at 4:36 pm

From Downtown News, May 21, 2007: “The legendary theater at Third Street and Broadway, built by Sid Grauman, is being renovated and will reopen in June, said manager Robert Voskanian. The Million Dollar Theatre, which seats more than 2,000 people, will host film screenings, movie premieres, stage performances and concerts. Voskanian said the next phase of the renovation includes replacing the carpet, drapes and some electrical repairs. The theater has been completely repainted and is awaiting a shipment of gold tiles for the lobby, which will house an upscale concession stand. The $1 million-plus refurbishment is more than halfway complete, said Voskanian.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 18, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Here is a 1987 photo from the UCLA collection:
http://tinyurl.com/2z3dh7

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 10, 2007 at 3:52 pm

The blade looks the same in this 1950 photo:
http://tinyurl.com/2843hq

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 10, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Here is a 1984 photo. The blade looks a little different:
http://tinyurl.com/2mee53

RATV2007
RATV2007 on April 26, 2007 at 5:42 pm

The Million Dollar is back.! Soon Latin Cinema Award winning movies * with subtitles available in english

more info for tickets

fri-sat-sun. Wed and Thu Latin Music acts , arts paint and special events.

We welcome all fans to support the renovated Million Dollar

Arts, Music, Cinema is Back Million Dollar

prietanm
prietanm on April 17, 2007 at 10:32 am

how can i contact the person in charge.
I wanted to take some school photographs of the million dollar building.
I attend Pierce College —Photography 11
Please email me

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 19, 2007 at 10:51 am

I hear that the interior is kind of shabby. Maybe someone can comment who has been in there recently.

spikewriter
spikewriter on January 19, 2007 at 9:25 am

Ken Mc, thank you for that link to the stock scam. There’s some fascinating material there. (Gotta love the legal language of the period: “A feme sole of the age of majority…”)

It would be nice to see the Million Dollar active again. It’s in a good location, relatively speaking, especially with the new lofts that are coming in and its nearness to Grand Central Market.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 19, 2007 at 7:52 am

I was a member of the LA Conservancy a few years ago. They have interesting walking tours of downtown LA, including a tour of the theaters on Broadway.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 19, 2007 at 7:41 am

Here is an even better one:

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 19, 2007 at 6:44 am

Photograph of the auditorium can be found here:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 13, 2007 at 6:56 pm

Here is a stock scam suit involving the Million Dollar in the eary 20s:
http://tinyurl.com/yaahkq

wobcf
wobcf on October 23, 2006 at 1:49 pm

I can’t add much to what is already posted, but I DID attend some stage shows with my father in the late 40’s. We rode the Broadway Streetcar from South Los Angeles to Downtown. I can vividly remember Sammy Davis Jr. and his father doing a song and dance number on that beautiful stage.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 12, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Your photo didn’t take, William. Perhaps you could post it again? This is a USC shot looking north, from 1926:
http://tinyurl.com/tfj6r

William
William on October 12, 2006 at 1:00 pm

This was Grauman’s first theatre in the Southern California area. Like in the first post on this page. In the curve above the first opening was the words Graumans like you said in the photo.

TC posted a postcard on May 18th 2005 (3:08pm) of the building.

Here is another photo from the southern view, looking north on Broadway.

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Ralgev
Ralgev on October 12, 2006 at 10:22 am

Was this theater originally nameless? A booklet I received during a LA Conservancy tour shows a photo of the building fascade with a simple 2-deck marquee flush against the building. It reads “Opening and Dedication Next Friday”. Several stories up are the letters
GRAUMANS. A vertical sign to the south of the building also reads GRAUMANS. The name Million Dollar Theater is no where to be found.
It apparently appeared only in newspaper ads of the era. Some years later when the original marquee was replaced, the words “New Million Dollar” surfaced.