State Theatre

703 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Loew's State Theatre exterior

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The former Loew’s State Theatre was the first broadway picture palace to convert to Spanish-language films in 1963.

The theater became the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God after riots, recession and earthquakes doomed downtown Los Angeles and most of the Broadway theaters in the 1990s. During this turbulent period, the State could no longer afford to show movies and was shuttered.

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larry on October 29, 2009 at 6:03 am

It is closed as a movie theater. Being open as a church is of no consequence for this web-site

TLSLOEWS on December 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Great old pictures, and chill out larry2 at least it has not been torn down.

kencmcintyre on May 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

The marquee of the State can be seen in this 1952 photo from USC:

TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Great photo ken mc I quess every city had a least 1 Woolworths also.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I’m an East Coast guy, but I’m an enormous classic film fan and movie palace enthusiast, so I have a sad question. Is downtown L.A. really “doomed,” as I read above? I’ve never been there, but I know it like the back of my hand.

DonSolosan on August 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Rafaelstorm, in terms of these theaters ever operating solely as movie theaters again, maybe. In the near-term picture, no. There’s a larger, more diverse population living there now. They’re cleaning up the buildings, fixing the sidewalks, and talking about putting in a streetcar. For a certain type of person (single, interested in an urban lifestyle), downtown is very attractive. And businesses are moving in to support them. The Belasco and Palace have recently reopened as a multi-purpose entertainment venue and a theater, respectively. Of course, the Orpheum, Globe, Mayan and Million Dollar have been operating for a while now in various capacities. The UA may open a new chapter in its history, if the right buyer can be found.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on August 19, 2011 at 12:14 am

Thanks for your answer, Don. I keep seeing an interstitial on Turner Classics that several times a year the downtown L.A. movie palaces open their doors to the public and show vintage movies.

DonSolosan on August 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Yes. Mainly that’s the Los Angeles Conservancy’s big fundraising event, Last Remaining Seats. Starting on the last Wednesday in May, we show six classic movies, usually in the downtown theaters, but sometimes branch out to other parts of LA.

DonSolosan on August 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm

By the way, my understanding is that the State has a drop-down ceiling over the stage which precludes lowering the screen or closing the curtains. So even if the church was receptive to the idea of allowing movie fans in, it wouldn’t be practical…

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