Roxie Theatre

518 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Roxie Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

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Built on the site of Quinn’s Superba Theatre, this was the last theater to be built on S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. It opened November 25, 1931. It has an Art Deco style facade and a small tower with a vertical “Roxie” sign. The inside is a little less impressive.

Metropolitan Theaters ran this theatre mostly as a Spanish-language house. A store now occupies the Roxie Theatre’s former lobby.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 7, 2009 at 7:51 am

Those are pretty neat. The box office being dropped in the middle of the orchestra section is a unique touch:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Here is an August 1974 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/pepvd4

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Here is the Roxie looking better than usual:
http://tinyurl.com/y5re637

BillCounter
BillCounter on March 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

A great 30s view with the Roxie marquee still using milk glass letters:
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It’s in post #9 on a Jalopy Journal Forum:
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Anyone have any idea what archive this photo comes from? I can’t make out the title on the marquee but it appears it’s something with Kay Francis.

socal09
socal09 on June 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

The Roxie looks pretty sad these days especially now that some moron went and graffitied over the Roxie letters on the tower above the theatre. I’m not sure what you do with all these old cinemas on Broadway now that everyone stays home with VOD and Netflix.

vokoban
vokoban on January 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Here are a few photos I took today of the Roxie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vokoban/6693424923/in/photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/vokoban/6693425389/in/photostream/

drb
drb on January 15, 2012 at 1:54 am

The Roxie, or at least a good shot of its terazzo and a few glimpses of the marquee, is seen in “The Muppets” (the 2011 movie), as seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WWWTW1P8rQ

spectrum
spectrum on April 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm

There is a facebook page for the Roxie Theatre – run by someone advocating for the theatre’s restoration. Includes some nice current interior photos. A little dilapidated but definitely restorable. The page is at:

www.facebook.com/roxietheatre

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