Orchestrion Theatre

527 S. Spring Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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A nickelodeon theatre which was operating in 1910. As of January 2005, there was an old (then empty) building still standing at this site which could have housed the Orchestrion Theatre and could be the original.

The building was torn down in around 2006.

Contributed by KenRoe

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deleted user
[Deleted] on November 20, 2005 at 1:21 am

I find the name of this theater interesting. An orchestrion is a coin-operated automatic piano, similar to a player piano but used in public places, that has several additional instruments, especially percussions. Some of the firms that made these machines in the 1900-1930 era also made instruments for silent film accompaniment.

reluctantpopstar
reluctantpopstar on April 29, 2007 at 4:40 am

This building has been torn down, since there is an empty lot on Spring between the Alexandria Hotel (1906) and the Broadway-Spring Arcade Building (about 1925).

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 30, 2007 at 2:16 am

I concur. I walked by this site today. Status should be closed/demolished.

Velostigmat
Velostigmat on May 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

It seems that 527 S. Spring would have been right next door to the Arcade Building. Might this building have been the Orchestrion Theatre?

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics30/00064910.jpg

Velostigmat
Velostigmat on May 29, 2009 at 11:27 am

Here’s a better picture. The Orchestrion would have been in one of the two buildings. View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 24, 2012 at 11:10 am

I’ve just noticed that the address is visible on the awning of the middle store in the bay-windowed building in the second photo Velostigmat linked to. It was 533. Counting north, 527 would have been in the dark building with the office furniture and stationers shops in it, assuming that that building had been built by 1910 (which it probably was, given its style.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 14, 2014 at 12:23 am

In the 1911 city directory, 527 S. Spring Street is listed as the address of the Crown Theater. No theater is listed at this address in the 1915 directory.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 14, 2014 at 1:01 am

The 1909 city directory reveals an even earlier aka for the Orchestrion/Crown Theatre. That year, 527 S. Spring was the location of the Odeon Theatre.

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