Hippodrome Theatre

320 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2014 at 4:23 am

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.

Hibi
Hibi on August 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm

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

vokoban
vokoban on March 4, 2009 at 1:19 am

The Barclay was originally the Van Nuys.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 4, 2009 at 12:55 am

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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 4, 2009 at 12:51 am

I agree-sidestepping all that gets me pooped out.

vokoban
vokoban on March 4, 2009 at 12:48 am

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 4, 2009 at 12:38 am

I thought they were installing a new sign because the old one had a lot of rust holes. Maybe they just sandblasted it.

vokoban
vokoban on March 4, 2009 at 12:35 am

Is it a new sign or the old sign restored? It looks very similar although cleaner.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 4, 2009 at 12:26 am

Gentrification at 4th & Main-new sign for the Barclay, condos going up on former Westminster site:
http://tinyurl.com/b7hglq
http://tinyurl.com/bk49mw

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 13, 2008 at 3:26 am

Maybe some hyperbole. I don’t think anyone was counting.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 13, 2008 at 3:20 am

Here is an LA Times ad dated 1/16/14:
http://tinyurl.com/66wukl

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 5, 2008 at 4:22 am

Here is an excerpt from an LA Times article dated 8/13/61:

Sale of a parking lot, site of the old Hippodrome Theater on Main Street, for $400,000 has been announced. Harrison Memorial Trust acquired the site from Joseph Miller.

The Hippodrome Theater, built in the early 1900s, had the largest stage on the West Coast and provided circus-type entertainment with many large animal acts. The theater portion was demolished in 1952 because of the demand for automobile parking in that area.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 23, 2008 at 11:22 pm

The concrete foundation under the new construction extends into the dirt pile. I was looking at it today and was wondering if that was part of the old foundation for the theater building. I doubt if the builders would lay that out and then pour dirt all over it.
http://tinyurl.com/6dchsy

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 18, 2008 at 4:06 am

I tried a search under Adolphus instead of hippodrome and found the proofs. I think the vantage point would be from the Follies, which may have either still been in existence or alternatively was recently demolished. I’ve seen Follies photos from the LAPL as late as 1973.

vokoban
vokoban on October 18, 2008 at 3:59 am

Did the library add some new material? I love the 1974 photos!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 18, 2008 at 3:38 am

The expanded view of the photo at the top of the page shows the adjoining businesses. Prohibition would have still be in effect in 1928, so I’m not sure what kind of brew the business on the left was selling.
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015345.jpg

Here are a couple of proofs from 1974. You can see the gym taking over the entire second floor:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015199.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm

They do match up pretty closely.

vokoban
vokoban on October 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm

I think you’re right ken.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 17, 2008 at 10:38 pm

I did try to match up the current driveway cutouts with the old photos. I posted this photo back in January 2007, but that was before the construction started.
http://tinyurl.com/yxverb

Compare with this LAPL photo. The white building on the far north side of the street abutted the corner of 3rd and Main, I believe, which would put the theater cutout about where you see it in the contemporary photo.
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics09/00014006.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 17, 2008 at 10:30 pm

This is a bit of supposition, but if you look at the gate by the box office, you see the lighter covered floor. That corresponds with where the tile was, so that may have been the floor covering by the box office and going into the theater. I posted this photo from the LA Times blog last April.
http://tinyurl.com/6aplyy

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 17, 2008 at 10:25 pm

They already tore up all that decorative tile we saw in January. I was hoping they would uncover some more of that, but the area in front of the theater has been obliterated.

vokoban
vokoban on October 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm

yes but they didn’t always demolish the foundation….they just throw dirt over it and some asphalt. I notice when they started digging down for the parking garage where the westminster hotel stood there were all of these underground brick walls.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 17, 2008 at 10:14 pm

If you see the smaller of the two buildings on the right, that’s about where the wall was. There was also an exposed concrete floor at that spot, but because it was ten feet below street level I wasn’t sure that was part of the new construction.