Florence Mills Theatre

3511 S. Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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Florence Mills Demolition, March 10, 2013

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The Globe Theatre was built in 1912. Last known as the Florence Mills Theatre, it stood in South Central Los Angeles until demolition came in March 2013.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Bil Egan
Bil Egan on March 3, 2009 at 7:07 pm

No, I only photographed it from outside.
By the way, another Florence Mills theatrical link with LA is the old downtown Pantages theatre, long closed and now an electronics goods store or similar, but the name Pantages can still be seen over the entrance. See:
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Florence Mills played there in 1920 as one of the Panama Trio
Bill Egan

kencmcintyre on March 3, 2009 at 7:10 pm

It looks like she only lived to the age of 31, but her husband died at the age of 102 in 1990. Quite a disparity.

Bil Egan
Bil Egan on March 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm

He outlived four wives, the last one being Dr Gertrude Curtis, New York’s first Black dentist, and also the widow of Cecil Mack (R.C. McPherson), joint songwriter of The Charleston, Just a Cousin of Mine, That’s Why They Call me Shine and many others. Florence Mills' husband ended up owning a share of the royalties from the Charleston, enough to make anyone wealthy
Bill Egan

Awerich on September 21, 2010 at 2:50 am

Hello all, I feel I should chime in as I grew up there. I first at least since the 1970’s, this theater has Never functioned as a movie house. I has been like Noah’s Ark sitting their. The structure looks pretty much the same as the photo’s Ken has shared with us here. It’s kinda weird because the neighborhood has changes dramatically since I was a boy but I do not think the locals know or knew it was a theater.

DonSolosan on November 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm

‘The introduction is a bit bewildering. That section of Los Angeles is hardly “long lost.”’

I thought the long lost referred to the theater district, not the actual area. Another thing that has changed is that it’s largely Hispanic now, not black.

DonSolosan on November 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Bill, in the last shot Ken posted on 3/3/09, we’re looking up past the liquor store sign at the front right corner of the building. At the very top are white letters on a black background that read Florence. From other angles, it’s possible to see that it reads Florence Mills Theatre.

William on November 15, 2010 at 6:33 am

Don S, The “long lost” meaning for the theatre district that once was in this area. Just like how Main Street once had many theatres before Broadway became the new district.

DonSolosan on November 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

Yes, William. I was commenting to Warren, who was “bewildered.”

South Central is a good area for a photographer interested in architecture: old buildings tend to get reused, rather than knocked down.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 2, 2012 at 6:42 am

I think that this item from an April, 1912, issue of The Moving Picture World must be about the Globe/Florence Mills Theatre, which was built that year:

“Plans for a new… theater have been completed by Architect A. Lawrence Valk. Theater being built for John Wagner at Central Avenue, near Jefferson”

Homeboy on March 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

The Florence Mills is in the midst of being demolished. Here is a picture of the Florence Mills, in decline, but before the wrecking ball. http://www.florencemills.com/buildings.htm#theatreLA

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