Globe Theater

744 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Globe Theatre Los Angeles

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Opened in 1913 by Oliver Morosco, this theater was conceived not as a vaudeville house or nickelodeon, but as a elegant dramatic play house, which, among other special touches, included special rows of seats that accomodated portly patrons who weighed more than 200 pounds.

Morosco also filled the orchestra pit with foliage rather than rather than having patrons yell over loud intermission music, which Morosco deemed an intrusion.

During the Depression, newsreels took over, lasting throughout WWII. In 1958, a Mexican wax museum opened in the basement to abet the Spanish-language programming upstairs. In 1987, concrete was used to level the floor from the lobby to the stage, so that a permanent indoor swap meet could supplant what had once been the first serious playhouse in Los Angeles.

The former theater currently houses a nightclub.

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jeffdonaldson on December 13, 2009 at 2:18 am

In 1955, as a young boy, I came with my grandmother from a small town in Orange County into downtown Los Angeles. The city was unlike any place I had seen before; it was very exciting. We went to the Globe and that was a new experience for me too. I had never been in a place so large. I couldn’t wait for the movie to start. Then the lights went down and the film started. The first thing I heard was “One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock rock, five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock rock…” I had seen movies and I knew you didn’t hear rock and roll blasting from the movie screen like that. It didn’t happen. But in the first moment of “Blackboard Jungle” it did, and I’ll never forget that moment. I don’t remember what my grandmother’s reaction was but I thought it was wonderful. It was my first great movie experience in a great old theatre. Unfortunately, once you grow up, your experiences don’t have that same intense impact as when you were a kid. It’s never the same and it’s too bad.

dankov100 on April 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

My uncle was the projectionist at the Globe theater in the 50’s and 60’s. He also managed the building. I would visit in the summer and would go with him to work and spend the day watching the new films over and over. I would watch him change reels and light the carbon arc projectors. He once took me with him through the inner workings of the theater. I saw the wall of dressing rooms which went up what seemed like five stories with a moving staircase to access them.
There were giant fans which were part of the air conditioning system and the back stage are with all the rigging and scenery.
It was an amazing experience for a 10 year old boy

drb on July 20, 2010 at 1:02 am

Early postcard view of the Morosco:
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drb on August 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

While I love the restoration they did on the “GLOBE” letters and the globe itself, are they ever going to do anything with the rest of the marquee? Besides all the missing neon, the flimsy 740 banner looks awfully temporary for a club that’s been there five years already.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Three construction photos of the Morosco Theatre appeared in a portfolio of projects designed by Morgan, Walls & Morgan, published in the January, 1921, issue of the west coast trade journal The Architect and Engineer.

Two photos of the auditorium

A photo of the facade

knaveoftrumps on February 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I was just watching the movie PEEPER with Natalie Wood and Michael Caine, and the Globe Theater (exterior and interior) appears in the movie. Also, the Tower Theater marquis appears in the exterior scene on Broadway.

Looks like the Globe was a lush and luxurious theater back in 1975 when PEEPER was filmed.

MJuggler on September 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

just call what WAS my contact @ the Globe/Morosco Theatre/Club 740 to find out that they no longer work there and that 2 months ago the owner sold the place to someone! No idea to whom yet but I will look into the public records for that.

Important Q’s is what will become of the theatre?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

The theater is barely visible at right in this photo, from about 1937, but worth posting as photos with the name President Theatre on the marquee are rarely seen.

Willburg145 on November 12, 2013 at 10:34 am

The singing group The Wanted filmed their video for the song Show me Love in the Globe.

Willburg145 on November 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

Here is a link with pictures that show the interior of the Globe as used for a nightclub.

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