Arcade Theatre

534 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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davidcoppock on April 6, 2019 at 3:04 am

Opened in 1910 with some vauville acts. Fitst movie on 30/4/1927 was “The red kimono”.

CStefanic on April 5, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Great article, Matt! I especially appreciate the photos taken. Very haunting, and yet serene in the visibility that aside from the removal of the seats, the place hasn’t been touched. Hopefully a restoration and career as a movie palace will ensue.

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

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(?)

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.

nickmatonak on September 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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

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?

TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Great old photos.

kencmcintyre on April 25, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Here is a 1938 photo from the USC archive:

monika on March 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Posting to get this theatre back on my “notifications” list….

monika on February 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I attended the Conservancy’s tour yesterday and was horrified to see the interior of the Arcade. It hurt to look at it. It was a feeling I felt just for the Arcade; the conditions of the other theatres on Broadway vary quite a bit but none of the others screamed “helpless” as the poor Arcade did.

socal09 on January 17, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Cool to see current interior shots of this theatre. Looks like its too far gone to make it financial viable to restore. In the current economy, the gentrification of Broadway will stall and these old theatres will continue to decay.

kencmcintyre on December 2, 2008 at 4:38 pm

OK, the billboard is on the Cameo next door. Same issue, though.

kencmcintyre on December 2, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Has anyone noticed that the ad on the billboard is for a show that ended in May 2006? Who are they marketing to? Procrastinating art lovers?

kencmcintyre on September 26, 2008 at 7:23 am

The interior photos were too dark. Here is one of them:


kencmcintyre on September 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm

I took a few photos of the auditorium today, but I didn’t actually go down into the space. The owner of the electronics store was kind enough to let me look into the back, so I wasn’t going to start rummaging around. I will post the photos later.

kencmcintyre on May 4, 2008 at 9:31 pm

There’s a nice ahot of the Arcade at night about 90 seconds into this video:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 19, 2008 at 8:02 pm

I’ve seen that mis-captioned photo before, and notified them of the error, but they’ve never fixed it. At least the USC archive has fewer mis-captioned photos than the L.A. library does.

nickb on April 19, 2008 at 7:52 pm

The Pantages, Clune’s and Superba in their heyday:
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And a picture of the Pantages soon after taking the name Arcade (though the caption’s geography seems all in a spin):
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