The ballroom of the Los Angeles Theatre, 615 South Broadway, in 1931, the year that it opened

The ballroom of the Los Angeles Theatre, 615 South Broadway, in 1931, the year that it openedThe Los Angeles Theater at 615 Broadway in downtown L.A. opened in 1931. The $1.5 million theater was the last of the lavish downtown theaters that would open during the Depression, but oh what a theater it was. This was known as the ballroom—yes, that’s right, a ballroom in a theater. There was also a babysitting room, a smoking room, and a ladies room with a couple of dozen vanity mirrors. You could spend an afternoon there and never even see the movie!

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One Response to The ballroom of the Los Angeles Theatre, 615 South Broadway, in 1931, the year that it opened

  1. Jean Hunter says:

    Here’s a beautiful shot of the richly-detailed exterior when Chaplin’s “City Lights” had a gala premiere on January 30, 1931. The film had an unpublicized poorly-attended preview 2 weeks prior at LA’s Tower Theatre, but when it premiered at the Los Angeles Theatre on Broadway, Einstein and his wife were the guests of honor and the film received a standing ovation. I’ll bet everybody enjoyed that lovely ballroom at the end of the movie.

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    Thanks, Martin.

    Jean