401 W. 7th Street,
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Opened as the second Pantages Theatre in downtown Los Angeles (the Arcade theater was the first), this B. Marcus Priteca designed theatre included Greek treatments for owner Alexander Pantages. The theatre’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 theatre served as the downtown theatre for Warner Bros. At that time, Metropolitan Theaters purchased the theatre and ran it for another twelve years, renamed Warrens Theatre.
After being sold by Metropolitan, the theatre became a church before becoming a retail outlet for the Jewelry Exchange.
To see a little of the inside of this theatre, watch the Barbra Streisand film “Funny Girl” (note the exterior is from the backlot at the Burbank Studios).
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