744 S. Broadway,
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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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