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Los Angeles Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

For a Roadside Peek at historic theatre west, stop here and take a peek at theatres that once were L.A.'s finest. From the 1890's to the 1950's, the area on South Broadway between 3rd and 9th Streets was the entertainment mecca of Los Angeles. The largest Historic Theatre District in the U.S., Broadway was the place that all the stars of yesteryear met for opening premier galas.

 

 

A look at Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
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Unfortunately, like most things of that era, the South Broadway district began to be bypassed by newer but not necessarily glitzier theatres, and the boom era was over. Most of these magnificent theatres have either been demolished or transformed into churches or swap-meet like stores. A few still show first-run movies. Listed below are the theatres still left standing. And, resilient to change, some are still operating!

 

 

Million Dollar Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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Starting from the east-end of the Broadway Theatre District, the Million Dollar Theatre comes into view on the right-hand side of the street. Once known for starting out the revered career of Sid Grauman, known for his Hollywood Chinese Theatre, this glittered ghost is now a church. Latino stage entertainment now graces its historic stage. This theatre was built in 1918.

 

 

Globe Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

The Globe Theatre is one of the forgotten ones. Now a Rubio's Restaurant, not much is known about this theatre. Other than it is surrounded by more construction downtown.

 

 

Roxie Tower
Los Angeles, CA
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The Roxie Theatre was the last major theatre built in the downtown area back in 1932. The Roxie Theatre is now shuttered up and the front-side is obstructed by concrete barriers due to street construction.

 

 

Cameo Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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Next up down Broadway is the Cameo Theatre. A familiar site for downtown travelers due to its distinctive powder blue and pink marquee, the Cameo operated from 1910 to 1991, a span of 81 years!

 

 

Arcade's Arches
Los Angeles, CA
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Nearby, the proud presence of the Arcade Theatre graces Broadway. The Arcade sports an archway above the now barren marquee. Sources state that this was the first Pantages vaudeville house in the area.

 

 

Los Angeles Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

We now come across one of the finest of Broadway's finest... the Los Angeles Theatre. Here's a shot of the Los Angeles Theatre at night.

 

The Museum of Neon Art has been allocated money to rehab a few signs on Broadway, including this one. Many thanks to Chris Nichols for info.

Built in 1931, the Los Angeles and its gold glittered lettering is the most lavish of the Broadway theatres. If you do take a trip to downtown Broadway, stop by here and take a glimpse at the magnificent architecture.


Los Angeles Theatre sign
Photo courtesy Chris & Ginger

Here's another of the signs at the Los Angeles Theatre. 07-07

 

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