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.

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DONKIM on May 7, 2009 at 7:30 am

A couple curent interior photos of this theatre can be seen at
Just type in Roxie Theatre, Los Angeles.
Go to page 3 and scroll down and click on the second picture for a shot on the main auditorium with a partial view of the left side of the proscenium and screen.
Click on the first small picture on the right to see a nice side wall view of the Roxie auditorium.
These are the first current color interior photos that I have seen of the Roxie.

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 on May 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Here is an August 1974 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on April 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Here is the Roxie looking better than usual:

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 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 on January 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Here are a few photos I took today of the Roxie:

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:

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