518 S. Broadway,
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Built on the site of 1,600 seat Quinn’s Superba Theatre of 1914. The Roxie Theatre was the last theatre to be built on S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. It opened November 25, 1931 with Bebe Daniels in “Honor of the Family” plus Eda Edson and Her Orchestra. It has an Art Deco style façade with a stepped roof line, angular grillwork and chevron ornament topped by a vertical sky-sign spelling out the name of the theatre. The Roxie Theatre had 1,637-seats in orchestra and balcony levels. The auditorium is long and narrow and apart from the plaster moulded proscenium arch, is mainly decorated by flat murals in abstracted botanical forms combining the romance of nature with the energy of the machine age. The stage is only 15ft deep, and as the theatre was specifically built for movies, the stage was hardly used. It was equipped with an organ (make unknown).
Architect Simeon Charles Lee made some alterations to the building in 1939-1940 and in 1948 he designed a new sidewalk ticket office. The sidewalk has a spectacular terrazzo sunburst.
In its final years Metropolitan Theatres ran the Roxie Theatre from January 29, 1978 as a Spanish-language house. The Roxie Theatre was closed in summer of 1989. Since closure its front entrance has been vandalised and converted into retail use. The auditorium has been sealed off and remains empty. In May 2016 the building was ‘For Lease’.
The Roxie Theatre has been designated an Historic-Cultural Landmark.
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