Broadway Theatre

428 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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HarryCSorenson on February 14, 2015 at 5:02 pm

A little trivia: I worked at the Broadway from 1954-1956 as an usher, doorman, and assistant manager: I remember when the side marquees read (Line 1) GENTLEMEN (Line 2) PREFER BLONDES and (line 3) BLOWING WILD and a cop came by and told us we had to change it – Seems like someone had complained about our “dirty” marquee… .

larrygoldsmith on June 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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

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:

kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Here is the theater building today:

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 October 24, 2008 at 8:48 pm

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

kencmcintyre on September 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I know. I was updating what was going on with the conversion.

kencmcintyre on September 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm

The retail conversion is done, and the two stores are open for business. Both have drop ceilings, no sign that it was a theater space. One is a shoe store and I forget what the other one was.

kencmcintyre on May 12, 2008 at 2:47 pm

The auditorium has been split into two retail spaces, so adios Broadway.

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Looks like apartments up top and retail on the ground floor. Here is a photo taken today:

kencmcintyre on January 24, 2008 at 1:15 pm

I was poking around there today. Whatever kind of retail being planned is proceeding rapidly. Today some automatic doors were installed in the entrance. I could see the auditorium, and it looks like it’s been completely stripped.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm

This theatre was opened by Joseph Corwin, founder of the Metropolitan Theatres circuit. Metropolitan’s page says that Joseph Corwin opened the Broadway, his first theatre in Los Angeles, in 1923. Thus it was always operated by Metropolitan, and was never Tally’s New Broadway.

As far as I’ve been able to determine, the only “New Broadway” theatre that ever existed on Broadway was Tally’s New Broadway Theatre at Broadway near 6th, which is the one listed at Cinema Treasures as the Garnett Theatre. That the Garnett was called Tally’s New Broadway is undeniable from the photographic evidence.

nickb on January 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm

From the Los Angeles Times, November 24 1918:

’T.L. Tally, while not ready to say much about it in detail, announces that with the closing of the war and the bright outlook for pictures, his new theater will soon be no longer a mere dream. That it will be one of the handsomest and most comfortable picture houses in the country, with the finest music obtainable, one needs only to know the conduct of Tally’s Broadway to believe.'

But by the time of a career-retrospective feature (Times, October 27 1929, which says he has been retired ‘a few’ years) there is no mention of him having built anything after his ‘new’ Broadway, next door to the May Company (ie at 833).

kencmcintyre on August 7, 2007 at 9:10 am

The space looks pretty large today, as I was peeking the other day. I still can’t get into the building, however.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 7, 2007 at 9:02 am

That big marquee and only 400 seats?

kencmcintyre on August 3, 2007 at 2:45 pm

I had seen this LAPL photo before, but today I noticed the Broadway in the background. The photo is dated 1967:

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2007 at 4:07 am

I will be downtown next week. I am curious to see how the renovation is going. I assume it will be retail space.

reluctantpopstar on May 2, 2007 at 11:31 pm

This building is now known as the Judson C. Rives building. Don’t know exactly when that name was applied, because, apparently, originally it was the Broadway Central building. Amazing they were able to cram a theater into this space.

mikemorano on April 20, 2007 at 8:16 am

Very cool. I can see Sabino’s jewelry with a Broadway theatre sign below.