Hippodrome Theater

314 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Adolphus Theatre exterior

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Opened as the Panorama Theater, it became the Adolphus Theater from November 27, 1911 when it was taken over by Adolph Ramash after alterations had been made to the plans of architectural firm Mayberry & Parker. Seating was provided for 1,450, all on a single level together with 12 seats in each of the single boxes located at the side of the proscenium. The stage was 50ft deep. It was the largest of the theatres on Main Street in the downtown area of Los Angeles. In 1913 a 700-seat balcony was added, with plans provided by architect Otto Janssen and it reopened as the Hippodrome Theatre on August 31, 1913.

After closing, the auditorium was demolished in September & October 1952 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.

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.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on September 12, 2017 at 7:09 am

I added a 1946 picture in the Photos section of this theatre’s marquee. The general rundown condition of the neighborhood is obvious.

Ron Pierce
Ron Pierce on September 12, 2017 at 10:41 pm

The opening announcements and ads for the Adolphus November 27, 1911, and the Hippodrome August 31, 1913, are now in the photo section.

The 40-day demolition, which began in September 1952 and finished October 26, 1952, was noted in a Los Angeles Times story on October 27.

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