Broadway Theatre

428 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Broadway Theatre

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This 400-seat movie house was one of the first theatres operated by Metropolitan Theatres chain from 1923.

The building is now a retail space.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on October 24, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Double feature on July 7, 1971, per the LA Times: “Las Piranas” and “Pacto Diabolico”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm

It probably shouldn’t be added to Cinema Treasures, as it’s open only two nights a month, but the Broadway Theatre now has a cinematic neighbor of sorts called the Angel City Drive-In. It’s located at 240 W. 4th Street (corner of Broadway), on the upper level parking lot.

The place started out as the Million Dollar Drive-In, on August 25, 2007, and was originally located in the parking lot south of the Alexandria Hotel on Spring Street, with the movie projected onto the wall of the hotel. They soon changed the name to Angel City Drive-In, and the move to 4th Street seems to have been made in 2008.

They use a portable screen which appears to be mounted on the wall of the Judson Rives Building, and the projector will be perched atop a car. Here’s a weblog post from April 13, 2008, which includes a couple of photos of the impromptu drive-in.

There are many references to the Angel City Drive-In on the Internet, and the project has obviously attracted enough patronage to keep it going for two years now. There will never be a movie shown in the Broadway Theatre again, but it’s an interesting twist of fate that there are now movies being shown on the outside wall of its building.

kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Here is the theater building today:

kencmcintyre on June 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Here is an expanded view of the photo at the top of the page, from the LAPL:

larrygoldsmith on June 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I think it’s great when these classic houses upgrade to Spanish language format.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Street View has been updated to the wrong location. The Broadway was not in the building with the aluminum grill on the upper floors, but in the building next door to the north, the Judson C. Rives Building. The theater entrance was at the south end of the building, and the marquee was where the sign reading Alvarado Clothing is now.

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