401 W. Seventh Street,
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Opened as the second Pantages theater in downtown Los Angeles (the Arcade theater was the first), this B. Marcus Priteca designed theater included Greek treatments for owner Alexander Pantages. The theater’s exterior was coated in white terra cotta.
The original seats on the main floor of the auditorium have been removed to make way for retail stalls. The balcony is still intact and its seats have not been removed.
Until the mid-1960’s, the theater served as the downtown theater for Warner Bros. At that time, Metropolitan Theaters purchased the theater and ran it for another twelve years, renamed Warrens Theatre.
After being sold by Metropolitan, the theater became a church before becoming a retail outlet for the Jewelry Exchange.
To see a little of the inside of this theater, watch the Barbra Streisand film “Funny Girl” (note the exterior is from the backlot at the Burbank Studios).
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