Los Angeles Theatre

615 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Los Angeles Theatre

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The Los Angeles Theatre is one of the crown jewels of the downtown Los Angeles corridor of fantasy that is Broadway. Built in homage to Versailles, this palatial structure is now rented by movie studios for film shoots.

After years of hanging on as a Spanish language theater, the Los Angeles finally closed its doors to the public in 1994. The theater has been used for innumerable commercials, music videos and film shoots.

Because of studio filming, this theatre is not often open to the public. A wonderful opportunity to visit the most breathtakingly exquisite Los Angeles movie palace of them all, is at the Los Angeles Conservancy “Last Remaining Seats” summer classic films series, which often has at least one film at this theatre. Tickets tend to sell out in advance.

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coweyhere on November 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm

A photo of the neon sign along the side of the theatre, from June 2009:

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DonSolosan on November 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Corey, the link goes to a Fox Theater sign in the Las Vegas boneyard…

LouisRugani on December 26, 2010 at 3:25 am

The LOS ANGELES' lobby, the lobby ceiling, chandeliers and candy counter are seen early on in the 1970 Paul Mazursky film ‘Alex in Wonderland’ as part of the storyline. (Later on, there are exterior scenes of the VOGUE and NEW VIEW as well.)

Tinseltoes on February 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

January 30th marked the 80th anniversary of the grand opening of the Los Angeles Theatre, which had Charles Chaplin’s “City Lights” as the inaugural attraction. Advertised as “The World’s Finest Theatre,” it accompanied the B&W serio-comedy with a stage presentation featuring a symphony-sized orchestra. Performances were continuous from 10:00am daily. On weekdays, general admission was 50 cents until 1:00pm, 65 cents to 5:30pm, and 75 cents to closing. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the price was 65 cents until noon and 75 cents the rest of the day and night. Children were 25 cents at all times. All performances had reserved-seat sections at higher prices of $1 and $1.50, depending on time of day.

Cinerama on February 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm

The theatre was shown in the latest NCIS: Los Angeles episode.

SchineHistorian on November 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

What a thrill to see this theater highlighted in the Lifetime reality series Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. Great views of the theater, despite the overwrought drama of the show itself. LA theater friends tell me that the show used the theater almost all summer long. BRAVO to Lifetime for using an historic theater as a backdrop for their show!

Redwards1 on February 23, 2014 at 10:23 am

Who was the architect of the Los Angeles Theatre?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 23, 2014 at 10:49 am

Redwards1: the architect is listed in the sidebar at the right of the page. S. Charles Lee designed the Los Angeles Theatre, and Samuel Tilden Norton designed the Fox Building, the office structure fronting on Hill Street at the back of the theater.

gd14lawn on April 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

Crosby Stills & Nash are playing here on April 5.

The attached hotel (the Ace Hotel) is now open.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 5, 2014 at 8:40 am

Wrong theater, gd14lawn. The theater at the Ace Hotel, where CS&N are playing tonight, is the Theatre at the Ace Hotel (former United Artists Theatre) a few blocks south of the Los Angeles Theatre.

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