Century Theatre

6013 South Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90003

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Another of South Central’s Broadway theatre district, the Circle Theatre dates from 1922.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Oops, wrong theater. Sorry about that.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 20, 2007 at 11:07 am

This is the 6000 block. Aloha on the left and Century on the right, possibly:
http://tinyurl.com/2uf7em

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 20, 2007 at 4:24 pm

Ken: Odd street numbers are on the west sides of north-south streets. In the TerraServer aerial view, it has to be the odd-numbered Century on the left, and the even-numbered Aloha on the right.

The aerial photo shows the extant triangular marquee of the Aloha, and also the patch of terrazzo sidewalk in front of the Century/Circle directly across the street. Your photo and the aerial are proof that, though the address of 6013 has been changed to 6003, L.A. Smith’s Circle Theatre building from 1921-22 has not been demolished. It is currently the location of Acevedo’s Upholstery Supplies. This page needs to be updated.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 11, 2008 at 7:37 pm

We discussed this theater a while ago and came to a consensus that the status should be closed and not closed/demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2008 at 9:43 pm

The building is definitely still standing. According to the L.A. County Assessor’s report, the building was built in 1922, and comprises 15,765 sq. ft. on three lots, at 6001, 6009, and 6013 S. Broadway.

The update should show a status of closed, the function as retail, the architect as L.A. Smith. As it closed before the age of twinning it undoubtedly had only one screen, and the announcement of its construction in Southwest Builder & Contractor claimed it would have 900 seats- probably about right, judging from the size of the auditorium as revealed in the recent satellite photos. The original chain was West Coast Theatres. There should be an AKA of Circle Theatre, the name with which it opened in 1922.

The style, just to make a wild guess from Ken’s photo of it was probably Oriental, of the “Arabian Nights” variety. Check out that pair of lamps, now painted vivid red, on the corners of the facade above the former entrance.

I should note that the Tyloon.com link to Acevedo’s Upholstery in my Comment of July 20, 2007, opens a satellite view that has a marker misplaced to the east side of the street, to the former location of the Aloha Theatre. The Century was definitely in the building on the west side of Broadway.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm

The status should be updated per Joe’s information of 4/11/08.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I went inside this building today, it’s being remodeled into a health club. The man supervising the work was surprised to learn of the building’s origins; but he had heard that a building across the street had once been a theater (that must be the Aloha you’ve been talking about).

The terrazzo extends inward halfway through the lobby. There’s two steps down, then you’re in the former theater space. The man said there were two office/rooms over the lobby which probably were projection and maybe something else. Any projector ports had long since been sealed up.

900 seats seems generous for the space I saw. From the pattern on the terrazzo in the lobby, I could see that they had built to enclose some space, possibly on both sides. I wondered if they had extended the projection booth and lobby room into the auditorium, but the way the roof beams connected to the wall appeared original and was consistent all around the room.

The lamps that Joe pointed out appeared to me to possibly be anchor points for the marquee — maybe a decorative chain or something.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 15, 2010 at 6:16 am

Don, the lamps I mentioned are near the top of the facade, above the hooks that probably anchored the marquee. They can be seen in the second of the two photos ken mc linked to on June 16, 2007. They are painted red and set in squares of blue.

Looking at them again I think they might have been urns rather than lamps, but they still have an Oriental (middle eastern rather than far eastern) look to them. There also appears to be the remnants of a plaster frieze of some sort running across the facade just below them, but its design is hard to make out as everything in that section is painted the same color.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

I see what you mean, Joe. Yes, they’re lamps of some kind. The one on the left now has an earthquake retrofit brace in the middle.

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