Million Dollar Theatre

307 South Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 11, 2007 at 9:32 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978

Million Dollar Theater ** (added 1978 – Building – #78000687)
Also known as Edison Building
307 S. Broadway, Los Angeles
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Martin,A.C.
Architectural Style: Mission/Spanish Revival, Early Commercial
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 26, 2006 at 6:28 am

This is a recent photo of the Million Dollar Theater.

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.

William
William on October 10, 2006 at 2:27 pm

You’re right along Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles had everything during that time. There was the big three department stores. They were not as big as Macy’s in New York City, but they were big. All the big theatres were running major new films. I also remember mom taking me to the Grand Central Market and Clifton’s. Today it’s just a shell of what it once was. It’s been a long time coming in getting people to come back downtown.

noofy57
noofy57 on October 10, 2006 at 1:05 pm

My older sister was a dancer in the stage show. My mother and I would accompany her to all her rehearsals and shows (I was 2 – 4 years old back then. I’m 49 now!) I can remember the excitement of being in the audience, the mariachis, the dancers dancing the jarabe, or the chacha, etc. I also remember walking over to Grand Central Market with my mother to buy fried shrimp. I’ve never tasted any as good since then. Downtown L.A. was so beautiful in those days. Shopping at the big department stores was an experience, escpecially at Christmastime with the window displays. We used to dress up to go downtown, my mom in high heels, me in my mary janes… riding the street car. Nothing like today where all you see at the local mall are slobs in jeans or sweats. :(

LuisV
LuisV on August 16, 2006 at 6:48 am

So…..was this theater ever turned into a nightclub as per the posting of 10/19/05?

GWaterman
GWaterman on July 23, 2006 at 3:11 pm

Yesterday we took the Conservancy theatre tour. It started at the Million Dollar. The lobby with its 50’s re-do is lack-luster – looks like a high school entry, someone said. But once inside the theatre, you see the magnificent decor. The proscenium arch is very interesting with its angled blockwork; almost reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s concrete blocks. Yet the organ screens were classically wonderful baroque tours-de-force; scrolls and carved figures and wonderful things, very dark in color. The ceiling is also very dark, but you can see how it’s coffered. The position of the projection booth is interesting —– its at the front of the balcony. Someone mentions this above. I was curious whether it was retro-fitted or original, but our docent didn’t know. She mentioned that the theatre walls were once painted with murals, but that the church that had been here painted them over. All the walls and the ceiling under the balcony were painted with a kind of dull chocolate-milk color paint; I wonder how much color had originally been there.

The fly rail was still there, and it appeared that many of the linesets were still there —– I want to say “in operation” but of course one couldn’t responsibly operate them without checking them for integrity. The original switchboard was visible; I took a photo I will try to post. The stage right wall was interesting; I asked our docent whether this was original or if it had been remodeled. The area behind the flyrail was open, which was unusual; then about 10 feet beyond that the wall rose up and you could see 3 stories (or more) of dressing room corridors, but unlike most theatres, they were open and if one stood in those hallways one could view down to the stage. The building abuts the Grand Central Market, and I wasn’t sure whether some of this was support space for that.

There were still curtains on the stage – a main drape and a valance and a gold lame drape at the back. Very nice.

We didn’t see the ladies room. I probably should have asked to!

The docent also directed our attention to the wonderful carving work on the exterior of the building! There are artist figures in niches, and buffalo heads, and even two long-horn cow-skulls decorating the office building entry! Worth a look for anyone, and you don’t even have to pay for the tour.

The tour was definately worth taking; I want to take it again. I advise anyone taking the tour to bring a good flashlight with new batteries, and if you can figure out how to take photos in low light, please do so. We also saw the Arcade, the Cameo, the Los Angeles, the Warner and the Orpheum. We came tantalizingly close to sneaking into the Palace, too! Will update those theatre pages.

starsandsons
starsandsons on November 15, 2005 at 10:18 pm

Hello, I am doing research on Frank Fouce and his three cinemas: The Million Dollar, Mayan, and Mason but have come up nearly empty handed on books and periodicals regarding his role in Los Angeles cinema history, if anyone has any information, leads, or even primary resources (including yourself) please contact me at

Thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 12, 2005 at 8:22 am

From the California State Library:

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cnichols
cnichols on November 9, 2005 at 8:27 am

In June, 1999 the Los Angeles Conservancy hosted a screening of Sullivan’s Travels at the Million Dollar. The interior was very intact. However, some of the nudes in the plaster work were covered over with cloth by the church. There were seats, a projector, a stage and it looked pretty good. The church has since relocated to the former Loew’s State down the block. The Conservancy tried to go back in subsequent years and was turned away as there had been some falling plaster and ceiling damage that the owners wanted to fix before renting it out again. I don’t know much about Mr. Voskanian, but I hope this is done with more care than the Stock Exchange (1929) where lights and sound equipment are hung from rods that were smashed through the ornate ceiling. That poor place is in a shambles.

stevebob
stevebob on November 9, 2005 at 1:50 am

This is from the first paragraph of the article about Voskanian in the Downtown News:

“Built in 1918, the 2,345-seat former movie house was gutted in the 1990s and later turned into a church.”

Gutted? If that’s true, it’s the first I’ve heard of it. And how precisely does a movie palace get “turned into” a church?

hondo59
hondo59 on November 2, 2005 at 6:27 pm

The theater’s lighted-up marquee can easily be seen several times in the Charles Bronson film, Murphy’s Law.

UKuser
UKuser on November 2, 2005 at 12:46 am

CALLING ALL THEATRE / MOVIE ENTHUSIASTS!!!

T'he Los Angeles Theatre' on South Broadway, LA is playing host to the UK television show ‘Dead Famous LIVE’. We are currently looking for people who would like to come along as part of the studio audience.

‘Dead Famous LIVE’ is a studio entertainment show all about Hollywood History and the paranormal. We will be welcoming celebrity guests on to the show and investigating famous locations around Hollywood which are rumoured to be haunted including the Los Angeles Theatre itself.

This is an invaluable chance to get access to the Los Angeles Theatre, the place where Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ premiered in 1931 and to have a thoroughly great day out! (And its free!!)

We’re transmitting ‘Live’ back to the United Kingdom so expect it to be exciting and fun!

We will be filming on three days from 11th – 13th November between 11.30am – 4pm. If you are interested in coming on one or all of these days then email me for tickets!

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I look forward to your responses!