Hippodrome Theatre

320 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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The 2,100-seat Hippodrome Theatre, once known as the Adolphus Theatre, was the largest of the theatres on Main Street in the downtown area of Los Angeles. It originally opened as the Panorama Theatre which was converted by Adolph Ramash into the Adolphus Theatre, to the plans of architectural firm Mayberry & Parker. In 1913 a 700-seat balcony was added, with plans proved by architect Otto Janssen.

After closing, the auditorium was demolished and the space used for parking. The front of the building remained for many years, housing a gymnasium. It, too, has been demolished.

Contributed by William Gabel

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vokoban
vokoban on March 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I’ll have to find one of my pictures from a few years ago and compare. I used to walk by there every day but I’ve stopped because of the human defecation covering the sidewalk between Los Angeles and Main on 4th…..I take a different route now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I agree-sidestepping all that gets me pooped out.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Is Barclay another name for the Hippodrome Theater?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 3, 2009 at 4:55 pm

No, the Barclay is the hotel on the northwest corner of 4th and Main. The Hippodrome was on the other side of Main, about halfway down the block going north. The new condo complex is taking over the Westiminster site and part of the old Hippodrome site. When they were breaking up the concrete for the condos, some old theater tiles were uncovered in the process.

vokoban
vokoban on March 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

The Barclay was originally the Van Nuys.

Hibi
Hibi on August 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

You mean people just defecate in the streets around there? And people are going to live there? LOL.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2014 at 8:23 pm

In 1913, the Adolphus Theatre was extensively altered with the addition of a 700-seat, steel and concrete cantilevered balcony. The April 12 issue of Southwest Contractor & Manufacturer said that the project was being designed by architect Otto Jansson, which was probably a misspelling. The 1910 Yearbook of the Los Angeles Architecture Club spells his name Janssen. As he was then treasurer of the club, its spelling was probably right.

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