Tower Theatre

802 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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GeorgeStrum on June 7, 2017 at 6:38 am

Join the Theatre Historical Society of America as they visit this lovely theatre the morning of June 28th 2017.

rivest266 on August 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm

October 12th, 1927 grand opening ad in photo section.

spectrum on January 18, 2016 at 6:15 pm

The facebook page I mentioned above is gone, but the Broadway Theatre Group has an official age for the theatre at

spectrum on January 18, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Currently, this theater is one of the four theatres owned by the Broadway Theatre Group, which was founded in 2007 to manage, restore, and preserve the historic theatres of Broadway. As of early 2016, they manage the Tower, Los Angeles, Palace and State Theatres, and have done significant restoration as well as infrastructure upgrades to all four theaters. The Tower, Palace and Los Angeles Theaters are rented out for events, performances and film shoots, while the State Theatre is leased to the Cathedral of Faith church.

Trolleyguy on July 5, 2015 at 8:36 am

The marquee of this theatre appears in the recent movie “The Avengers Grimm.”

spectrum on April 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

They have a facebook page at

No word on renovations but they are having occasional concerts and the Tower is again available for rental and film shoots.

Dramatrauma on May 11, 2013 at 2:03 am

Even for the period this place is just…insane! So rococo and over the top, gothic and renaissance with some deco sprinkled on top. I love it. Its like William Randolph Hearst took a break from the Castle and decided to build a theater.

I cant imagine how anyone was supposed to keep that much maintained short of Hearst’s money and staffing. I doubt the concert venue owners can do more with that clock than just take the broken pieces out and cover where the faces were. Assuming that even the 1971 remodel brings it up to today’s seismic requirements.

Does anyone have pics of the Indian headdress fixtures and the director/actress statues? Its what telephoto lenses were made for if they havent been covered.

vimegogta on October 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

The Tower theater in downtown L.A., long a filming location, will be transformed into a concert venue. Final behind-the-scenes tours of the building are scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012.,0,7443518.story?track=rss

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

The only downtown theater called the Cameo that I remember was this one, the former Clune’s Broadway, north of Sixth Street, between the Arcade and the Roxie. It was open through at least part of the 1980s, showing Spanish language movies.

In the 1960s, when the Tower was still operating as the Newsreel Theatre, there was a television theater on the lower level, occupying the former lounge. It presented closed-circuit programs on a fairly large (for that time) projection screen. I don’t think they ever gave the television theater its own name, though.

davidfhale on November 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I lived in LA in the early 1980s. I seem to remember that Pacific Theatres operated a small theatre at the back of the Tower called the Cameo. Can’t find any references to that. Anybody?

DonSolosan on September 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Again, not abandoned. It’s used as a filming location and for special events.

LuisV on September 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Passed by this theater and it too looks abandoned form the outside though its exterior is in excellent condition. The marquee was advertising a “purim party”. Yikes! Not very exciting stuff. But at least it is still there.

DavidT on April 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Mar/Apr 2011, interior seen in a Nikon commercial. Looks like a latin night club.

drb on January 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Newsreel & Rialto Theatres, 1953:
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Larc on October 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm

A Wurlitzer model 216 pipe organ (2/10) was installed in the Tower Theatre when it opened. There has been some confusion about this Opus 1620 Wurlitzer since it is reported to have been shipped to the Garrick Theatre on Apr 23, 1927. But the Garrick had already been demolished by then to make way for the Tower. The organ remained in the Tower for only a couple of years before being moved to the Los Angeles Theatre for its opening in Jan 1931. It has subsequently gone into private hands.

DonSolosan on October 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Still available as a filming location.

Ross Care
Ross Care on October 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm

What is the current status of this beautiful theater?

Ross Care
Ross Care on October 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm

A seasonal view across 8th St., 2007:
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kencmcintyre on May 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Some exploitation films can be seen on the marquee in this 1974 photo:

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Nice looking theatre.

jeffdonaldson on December 13, 2009 at 12:28 am

For the record:
The Long Beach earthquake happened on March 10, 1933.
The San Fernando (aka Sylmar) earthquake happened on February 9, 1971.
The Northridge earthquake happened on January 17, 1994.

DonSolosan on October 31, 2009 at 11:01 pm

As you know, SoCal, the Orpheum has been profitable for a while now. Technically the other theaters have not been abandoned, since they are earning their owners some money as filming locations, churches, etc. And there is movement behind the scenes right now, that if it pans out, could mean a second chance at life for some of these places.

socal09 on October 31, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Love the link to the 1951 photo academy133 posted. Its unfortunate all these amazing theaters are abandoned on Broadway downtown. With the recent opening of the megaplex a few blocks away, there really is no future for any of these old cinemas to show movies again, or even to become live performance venues. There’s many of those in the area already. I suppose they’ll just remain relics to tour of a time in movie history that is long gone.