Globe Theatre

744 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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DavidZornig on July 4, 2018 at 8:02 pm

July 4th, 1942 Parade photo added via Victor Brunswick.

Trolleyguy on August 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm

What appears to be the marquee for this theatre shows up in a couple of scenes in the movie: “The Dark Tower.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

The Ghost sign David uploaded advertised the Tower Theatre “Corner of 8th and Broadway,” which was renamed the Newsreel Theatre in 1949 and kept that name until 1965. But I wonder if the sign might have originally been painted earlier to advertise the Globe when it was called the Newsreel (through most of the 1940s,) and the part of the sign giving the location was later repainted to reflect the change?

The globe decorating the Globe’s marquee was installed, along with the triangular marquee itself, during the period when the house was showing “news of the world,” but it probably suggested the new name of the theater when the newsreel operation was moved to the Tower in 1949.

I’m not sure if my memory is accurate at this late date, but I have a vague impression of having seen the globe on the marquee actually revolving. This probably would have been around 1950 or so, if I actually did see it. There are historic photos of the house in which the globe displays parts of the world other than the Americas. In this 1940s photo on display at the Globe Theatre page of Bill Counter’s “Downtown Los Angeles Movie Theatres” web site, the globe is showing Africa and the near east, with the Red Sea easily identifiable.

DavidZornig on October 30, 2016 at 7:33 am

1977 ghost sign photo added, photo credit Ted Wright.

spectrum on April 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Looks like they'[re still on for a 2015 opening!

They have a website up:

For now just has a promo video and contact info.

Their facebook page ( still indicates opening 2015 and has good photos and links.

DonSolosan on August 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Here’s a video of the ceremony to relight the restored marquee:

Willburg145 on November 12, 2013 at 7:42 am

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

Willburg145 on November 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2012 at 1:15 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.

MJuggler on September 7, 2011 at 6:41 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?

knaveoftrumps on February 25, 2011 at 1:08 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.

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

drb on August 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

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.

drb on July 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Early postcard view of the Morosco:
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dankov100 on April 17, 2010 at 6:51 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

jeffdonaldson on December 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm

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.

DonSolosan on September 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm

The LA Historic Theatre Foundation will be restarting its popular “All About…” series this Saturday, Sept 26. Meet at the Million Dollar (doors open at 10:30, presentation starts at 11), then tour the Million Dollar and Globe/Morosco Theaters. It’s free! See you there.

kencmcintyre on August 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Here is a June 1938 ad from the LA Times:

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Life's Too Short on May 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm

The Globe auditorium doesn’t look too shabby:

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About seven or eight pictures here. Use the index to view the rest.

William on April 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm

DB, When the theatre opened 1913 it was called the Morosco Theatre. Oliver Morosco also leased the Burbank Theatre over on Main Street.

kencmcintyre on April 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm

An ad for the Newsreel can be seen on the back of the theater building in this 1939 photo from USC:

drb on April 17, 2009 at 1:42 am

Here’s a photo from the LAPL that was mislabeled as being the Burbank (er… no). It says it’s from 1913.

drb on March 8, 2009 at 12:59 am

Another article about the continuing problems of the Globe’s “Club 740” vs. loft residents:

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[quote]Downtown L.A. residents not loving the night life

Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Revelers hang out outside Club 740 in downtown Los Angeles at closing time. Residents have complained about club-goers who linger for hours and vendors who sell them food.
After complaints of noise and violence, Club 740 has been threatened with closure by the city. Now community members, police, business leaders and others must come up with a plan to help it survive.

By Cara Mia DiMassa
March 7, 2009

When Club 740 opened on Broadway in mid-2005, many saw it as solid evidence of the hip night life that downtown boosters had been trying to bring to the city center.

With the lure of pounding hip-hop, glass-walled VIP lounges and a massive dance floor, Club 740 managed to draw thousands of people to the old Globe movie theater, on a gritty street that also boasted swap meets and discount jewelry stores.

The club quickly distinguished itself — but not in a way that most people would boast about. Fights inside and outside the club, reports of sexual assaults and gang activity quickly garnered Club 740 a less-than-savory reputation. A man was stabbed in the parking lot behind the club in August 2006; last December, an intoxicated club-goer fell to his death from a third-floor railing.

Police officers and residents complained about the club, and the city began the process to shut it down.

The situation underscores the difficulties that sometimes come with trying to bring edgy night life into revitalizing areas. Downtown for decades was known as a district that pretty much closed down after dark. These days, however, the streets are teeming with night life from various clubs, eateries and bars.

Club 740 is one of several new downtown nightclubs to run into trouble.

Part of the problem is that downtown is becoming a residential area, with loft and condo dwellers who aren’t always excited about rowdy behavior well into the morning hours.

The Chapman Flats, a 168-unit apartment building, opened last year next door to Club 740. There’s a dry cleaner on the ground floor. Nearby, condos at the renovated Eastern Columbia building have fetched in the millions of dollars.

Club 740’s new neighbors quickly joined a chorus of others questioning whether a club that stays open sometimes as late as 4 or 5 a.m. belongs in the area. They complained about patrons who lingered in the parking lot behind the club for hours and vendors who hawked food and goods to those patrons.

Damian Jones, a spokesman for the club’s owner, Ralph Verdugo, said the club has taken steps to quell the violence and soundproof its property. He insists that Verdugo and the club are partners in the revitalization happening in the district.

“He has really cleaned up the area,” said Jones of Verdugo. “The club is a vibrant part of the bring-back-Broadway movement.”

But earlier this year, the Los Angeles Planning Department began proceedings to revoke the club’s conditional use permit. Criminal activities near the club “are jeopardizing and/or endangering the public health in the area,” said a report in preparation for the hearings, “… thereby constituting a public nuisance and contributing to the deterioration of the adjacent community.”

After a four-hour hearing on the matter, a zoning administrator ordered community members, police, business leaders and others to put together a plan for how the club might adapt in order to survive.

“A big part is working together, between the residents and the owners,” said Russell Brown, president of the Historic Business Improvement District, who has been involved in the negotiations.

Last year, police pushed to close Crash Mansion, which had seen its own share of criminal activity; eventually, that club folded after its liquor license was suspended and the Board of Equalization put a tax hold on it.

And Versus, which opened last November inside the old Los Angeles Stock Exchange building, was forced to close less than a month later after city inspectors required upgrades to its sprinkler system and bathrooms. The club’s website promised a reopening in February 2009, and a call to the club was not returned.

The zoning department’s investigation into Club 740 came after Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, whose district includes that stretch of Broadway, pushed for an examination of the club after a string of violent incidents there.

“There was a time when Broadway was kind of forgotten in the evening,” he said. “So if you had incidents happening in a parking lot or outside a club, very few people would notice. It was kind of no-person’s land. There was no one to say that this activity is happening on these streets. A lot of the incidents didn’t even get reported to police. Now, with more residents living nearby, I do think it is getting on people’s radar.”

Tamara Kamci, resident manager of the Chapman, said residents were “not trying to close them down by any means. That’s not our thing. We just want to quiet it down, especially with the noise in the parking lot.”

Jones said Verdugo had already invested $1.5 million in making the old theater “a good, strong and successful venue for downtown.” He said that included posted roving security guards outside the club. But, he added, “at a certain point, there is only so much they can do. If the people are on a public sidewalk or in the parking lot next door, they can’t do everything.”

Several people familiar with the negotiations about how the club might adjust to suit its neighbors said they expected several conditions to be established in order to ensure the club’s ongoing operation. Those conditions would include limits on hours of operation, hours of alcohol service and the use of outside promoters, as well as mandatory training of employees and increased security.

Huizar said that as officials seek conditions from the club management, there is very little wiggle room for compromises. “If a club exists there, they have to comply with all the rules and regulations,” Huizar said. “They can’t be a nuisance. It doesn’t matter whether they are downtown or in Eagle Rock or elsewhere.”

Jones said that the management of Club 740 wants to work with Huizar’s office, the LAPD and neighborhood groups “to figure out how we can be a productive member of downtown.”

“There are issues when downtowns get revitalized,” he added. “Things need to get worked out."