Savoy Theatre

5326 S. Central Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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Architects: Edward J. Borgmeyer

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Savoy Theatre

The Savoy Theatre was opened in 1913. It part of a long lost theater district in South Central Los Angeles, and served the African-American population for many years.

It was lost years ago …

Contributed by William Gabel

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William on May 14, 2004 at 12:38 pm

Over the history of film exhibition. There were theatres that were called negro theatres. That served the Afro-American population in this country. At one time this theatre was listed as one of them.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 10, 2006 at 3:11 am

In the section titled “The Lincoln Theatre” on this page about historic entertainment venues in the Central Avenue district of Los Angeles, the Savoy Theatre is mentioned, but its address is given as 5326 Central Avenue. The source is cited as “The Central Avenue District Directory” (no date of publication given.)

kencmcintyre on June 3, 2007 at 10:11 am

Advertised as 5326 S. Central in the LA Times on 1/22/50.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 4, 2009 at 11:41 pm

The Savoy Theatre is listed at 5326 S. Central again in the 1915 L.A. City Directory. The address as currently listed above on this page definitely has the two middle numbers reversed.

kencmcintyre on May 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm

The Savoy is listed in this 1914 ad from the LA Times:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

The November 9, 1912, issue of Southwest Contractor & Manufacturer has an item that is about the project that became the Savoy Theatre:

“THEATER AND STORES—E. J. Borgmeyer, 317 Stimson Bldg, has prepared plans for a l-story brick moving picture theater and store building to be built on the northeast corner of Fifty-fourth St. and Central Ave. for S. K. Lindley. Concrete foundation, 50x125 ft., cement floor, brick walls, stucco front, staff work, composition roof. plate and prism glass store fronts, marble and tile lobby, mahogany and pine trim, electric wiring. Bids have been taken.”

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