Garrick Theatre

802 South Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Garrick Theatre exterior and the nearby Rialto Theatre

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This theater was located on what is now the site of the Tower Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The Hyman Theatre was operated as part of the Arthur S. Hyman circuit, and opened prior to 1911.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 23, 2006 at 6:14 pm

Ken, the theatre on the right is the Rialto.

kencmcintyre on October 3, 2006 at 3:42 pm

Here is a re-post of the 1913 photo as the link has expired:

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2007 at 8:38 pm

From the LA Times, March 6, 1927:

Theater Landmark Razed

Wrecking of the old Garrick Theater, located on the southeast corner of Eighth and Broadway and for many years a landmark of downtown Los Angeles, was started last week, to make way for a new $500,000 playhouse. Plans for the new theater, to be known as the Tower Theater, have been completed by architect S. Charles Lee.

kencmcintyre on October 28, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Here is a 1911 ad from the LA Times:

nickb on April 7, 2008 at 7:07 pm

The Garrick seems to have been run for at least part of its time by J. A. Quinn, also of Broadway’s Superba and later the Rialto theatres. The LA Times' Nov 15 1914 edition notes that the Garrick was about to celebrate the third anniversary of Quinn’s ownership.

odinthor on April 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Two more pictures of the Hyman Theatre alias the Garrick—at least, the theater manages to edge into the pix—can be found at

kencmcintyre on April 23, 2008 at 3:43 pm

That’s an interesting site. He really gives you the flavor of LA a hundred years ago.

corahooda on May 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I’m new to this board researching the Hyman Theatre. I have an antique lady’s pocketwatch inscribed to a Ms. Yarnell from the Hyman Theatre. The watch was from around 1907 and the history I got was that it was circa 1910 awarded to a silent screen star. This came from the Los Angeles area so I am assuming it is from this long gone theatre. What a treasure trove of information that you’ve all compiled. Thank you!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2014 at 12:12 am

The June, 1916, issue of a magazine called American Globe ran the following item:


“The New Garrick Theater on Broadway at Eighth street has been taken over by a Los Angeles Syndicate. A new picture machine has been installed and a nine piece orchestra, as well as organist, was added. M. Jean de Chauvenet, famous royal player and composer, is organist. Charlie Chaplin has moved again. He is now at home at the New Garrick Theater. The renovating of the house as well as a new ventilating system has added materially to the comfort of crowded houses. Recently there was a line more than half a block long waiting the enter the New Garrick, which is an indication of better times.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2014 at 12:13 am

Alterations were to be made to the Garrick Theatre in 1913, according to the March 15 issue of Southwest Contractor & Manufacturer. Lawrence A. Valk was the architect for the project, the extent of which was not specified.

Barman and Robinson were listed as the owners of the theater, and their address was given as 5th and Los Angeles Streets. It’s likely that they were also the owners of the Globe Theatre, which was at that intersection.

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