Palace of Pictures Theatre

642 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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The building currently on this site has the name Forrester Building enscribed in stone on the top of the building. It was built in 1907. The vertical blade sign has the name ‘Bond’ which I believe was a store. Current use for the building (at street level) is the Pavo Real Jewelry Plaza.

The Palace of Pictures opened in 1914, in former retail space. There is no listing for a movie theatre of that name in Film Daily Yearbooks after 1941.

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vokoban
vokoban on January 6, 2006 at 1:00 pm

Thanks Joe, I’ve seen “inst.” before and thought it was a typo until I saw it a few more times. Is it Latin for something? I wonder what the Chocolate Den was. First I thought they meant the Chocolate Shop, but I think that was on sixth and goes through the back into the Arcade building. I went in this place not long ago and the walls, ceiling, and floor are covered with Batchelder tiles. It’s a shame that the place is crammed full of cheap leather goods and jewelry with little vendor booths. Here’s a link to that with some good photos:

Chocolate Shop 1914

vokoban
vokoban on January 6, 2006 at 1:05 pm

Well, the link works, but I still didn’t get it right. I wanted it to just say Chocolate Shop 1914.

Chocolate Shop 1914

vokoban
vokoban on January 6, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Try, try, again…now it works.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2006 at 1:15 am

vokoban: I just found these comments. I must have overlooked the e-mail notification. The dictionary at Answers.com says that “inst.” is simply and abbreviation for “instant”, which does itself come from Latin.

Unfortunately, the Batchelder site to which you linked has gone missing. Fortunately, it has been partly preserved by the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive. Copy the Chocolate Shoppe URL and paste it into the Wayback Machine’s search box to get links to the surviving fragments of the site.

I found a picture at the USC archives a while ago, taken in 1913, which shows a view from Hill Street across rooftops toward Broadway. It shows that the two tall buildings currently to the south of the Palace theatre were already there, but only shows their upper floors, so there’s no indication of a theatre being in either of them. I went looking for the picture again (I saved it, but not the text page that goes with it), but can’t find it on the site now. Their text pages sometimes mention what was in the various buildings at the time the picture was taken.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 18, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Here is a 1906 picture from USC. The caption states that Tally’s Theater is pictured on 6th and Broadway. Not sure which building is the theater, though:
http://tinyurl.com/3ysc79

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 30, 2007 at 12:27 am

The Forrester Block, 638-642 S. Broadway, was built in 1907. The Palace of Pictures appears to have been converted from retail space in the building in 1914.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 26, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Here is an October 1915 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/2q3m3h

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2007 at 3:23 pm

Tillie’s Tomato Surprise with Marie Dressler and Colin Campbell was released in September of 1915.

jbreckdsgn
jbreckdsgn on July 30, 2011 at 4:51 am

Dr. Breckwedel did own and manage the Symphony theater ,the palace of pictures the palace and he built the Forum theater. I am his granddaughter and I am collecting images to send to the site.

MJuggler
MJuggler on November 6, 2012 at 1:07 am

jbreckdsgn- am looking into doing a book on T.L. Tally & his theatres with a friend so please get in touch with me about your collection.

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