Astro Theatre

320 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Mid `70's photo courtesy of Bill Gabel.

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The Cozy Theatre opened in an already existing building around 1927, this very small downtown theatre was located almost opposite the Million Dollar Theatre on S. Broadway.

In the 1960’s it was renamed Astro Theatre and ran a lot of Westerns and later went over to Spanish language films, closing around 1980.

Contributed by William Gabel

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vokoban
vokoban on March 6, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Well, they might not even respond….but its worth a try! The first movie listing I can find so far for this theater is in 1937…has anyone seen earlier listings?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2008 at 8:15 pm

vokoban: It’s entirely possible that the caption writer got the year wrong, and that the Cozy didn’t open until 1937.

LM: Martin also remodeled for Lou Bard the commercial building which became Bard’s Hill Street Theatre in 1920. A Southwest Builder & Contractor item of May 30, 1921, credits Martin with the design of an amusement complex on Sunset Pier in Venice which was to include a 1200 seat movie theatre. In addition, the California Index contains a card citing an article in Architect & Engineer of August, 1918, naming Martin as the architect of a theatre to be erected at the corner of 8th and Broadway in San Diego.

I’ve also found some cards I’ve not seen before in the Index, regarding the Million Dollar project, but I guess I’ll post about those on that theatre’s page.

vokoban
vokoban on March 7, 2008 at 8:40 am

I guess they do read their email. Here is a response to my inquiry. I won’t publicly post the name of the person who responded. If you’d like it, email me and I’ll send it. This doesn’t totally negate any possibility of the AC Martin connection, but its probably unlikely:

Dear Jeff,

Albert C. Martin was the designer for the Million Dollar Theater located
at 317 S. Broadway, however, I don’t find any records for the Cozy
Theater located at 320 S. Broadway. Good luck in your search.

Best regards,

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2008 at 7:56 pm

I guess we can accept the opening date of 1927 for the Cozy, as it’s listed in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory. Still no more word on Albert C. Martin as the architect of either the 1905 building or the later theater conversion, though.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 25, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Still around in January 1960, per the LA Times. “Always Three Big Hits”. Phone number was MA8-3176.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Here is a June 2009 view of the theater building:
http://tinyurl.com/le92m2

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on June 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

Going back to the comment posted by Tillmany in 2004, I just watched “The Killer That Stalked New York” this morning, and noticed the clever, almost seamless blending of the New York and Los Angeles location work with the Columbia backlot shots. I knew right away that the Cozy had to be in L.A. when I spotted the Bradbury Building. There is one brief shot where the name of the Central Theater is clear, on the front of the marquee.

tovangar2
tovangar2 on January 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

The 1906 permit lists Robert Brown Young as the architect and PM Johnson as the builder. AC Martin did many of the changes in the 1920s, but not, apparently the 1926 conversion of part of the ground floor into the 350-seat Cozy Theater. The Cozy opened in 1926 or 1927. The cornice came off circa 1950 and floors 4 and 5 were lost in 1971. Architect Chas A Ham converted the by-then, 403-seat Astro into a restaurant space in 1977. There’s a post on this building here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showpost.php?p=6994825&postcount=27790.

To search permits go here: http://ladbs.org/LADBSWeb/online-building-records.jsf

Click the link at the bottom of the page and then search by “address”. Hint: for better results just type in the street number and street name, not “St”, “Ave”. etc.

horsetrader1010
horsetrader1010 on January 13, 2016 at 9:59 am

My father owned and operated the Cozy Theater from around 1935 until he retired, or so I thought. I am unaware of the change to the Astro From the time I was 8 or 9, I sold candy, took tickets and “played” usher.

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