Arcade Theatre

534 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Arcade (with Cameo and Roxie)

Built in 1910, this was originally the first Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.

Since closing in the late-1980’s, the lobby has been in use as an electronics store, while the auditorium is used for storage.

Contributed by William Gabel

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TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Great old photos.

yuki on September 11, 2010 at 9:42 pm

im wondering whats on the upper floors of the arcade.the floors were probably used as office space when it was still fully in use.would like to see pictures of the upper floors,but there dont seem to be any available in the interwebs.does anyone got pictures of the upper floors?

nickmatonak on September 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm

This theater celebrates its 100th birthday this Saturday.
it’s opening was September 25, 1910

spectrum on September 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

?? I have a capacity listing of 800 for the Arcade. That was possibly a result of S. Charles Lee’s 1938 remodeling with 1,400 being the original capacity. Looks like from one of the photos that much of the original ornate d├ęcor (at least of the proscenium) survived the 1938 remodeling.

AndrewBarrett on April 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Apparently, at some point before Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ opus 1057 was installed in 1927, this organ had a two-manual Smith theatre pipe organ, at least according to Junchen’s “Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ”, pg. 628. No further details are given, but I would assume Wurlitzer took the organ in on trade(?)

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on April 27, 2018 at 7:21 am

I visited the Arcade a while back. Check out a short write up and some photos at After the Final Curtain

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