Friday, August 22, 2014

Photo Tour Through Downtown LA's Incredible Historic Theatre District

This is a day you'll never forget. Take a walking tour of the Downtown Los Angeles Theatre District to see the the original entertainment center of LA. Click on the names of the theatres in blue below the photos for the story of each theatre from the days of Vaudeville. The historical and architectural details are amazing.

LA's Historical Broadway Theater District Downtown. 
All Photos ©Ellen Dostal, Musicals in LA

Los Angeles Theatre Lobby
The most lavish of Broadway’s great movie palaces, the 1931 
Los Angeles was designed by legendary theatre architect 
S. Charles Lee.

Los Angeles Theatre stage view from the mezzanine

The Los Angeles Theatre lobby's grand staircase leads 
to a stunning crystal fountain.

Los Angeles Theatre marquee, in memory of Robin Williams

Orpheum Theatre
The fourth and final home of the famed Orpheum 
vaudeville circuit in LA opened in 1926

Palace Theatre
The Palace is one of the oldest theatres 
in LA and hosted such stars 

as Harry Houdini, Will Rogers, Fred Astaire, and a young Rita Hayworth.

Loews State Theatre
Done in the Beaux Art style with a brick façade 

Ceiling inside the State Theatre

United Artists Theatre
Built by the founders of United Artists Pictures - Mary Pickford, 
Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks 
to show their films.

Original Pantages Theatre, later renamed 
the Arcade Theatre opened in 1910.
The opening bill included: 
Barnold’s Dog and Monkey Actors in “A Hot Time in Dogville” 
Sophie Tucker, singer and comedienne 
Maurice Burkhart, character-singing comedian 
MacLean and Bryant “17-20 on the Black” gambling sketch
Lelliott Brothers, comedy musical sketch 
Yalto Duo, novelty whirlwind dancers*

(*info courtesy of Historic Los Angeles Theatres - Downtown)

Globe Theatre
The only legit theatre downtown at the time, it opened in 1913
for producer Oliver Morosco 

Roxie Theatre
The last theatre built on Broadway and the only
one built in the Art Deco architectural style

Tower Theatre
Renaissance Revival style, its interior was modeled after the
Paris Opera House. It was the first film house in LA to be wired
for talkies. Al Joson’s The Jazz Singer premiered here.

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