Tag Archives: Downtown Los Angeles

Mayan Theater, 1038 South Hill St, Los Angeles, 1927

By 1927, Los Angeles had an Egyptian Theatre and a Chinese Theatre, so what came next? A Mayan Theater of course, because when you think theaters, you naturally think the Mayan aesthetic. Or at least, that’s what oil magnate Edward … Continue reading

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Postcard showing fountain in Pershing Square, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1920s

I don’t have a specific date for this charming postcard showing us the fountain in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, but going by the fashions of the female passers-by, it looks circa 1920s. What a shame that lovely fountain … Continue reading

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Looking north on Broadway from 7th Street, downtown Los Angeles, 1924

Photos taken during the 20s and 30s always show downtown Los Angeles teeming with life: automobiles, streetcars, pedestrians in hats and coats and collars. In this photo, we’re looking north on Broadway from 7th Street, downtown Los Angeles in 1924 … Continue reading

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Guide to Services at the Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles, MAY 1947

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A jitney bus parked out front of Central Park (now Pershing Square), downtown Los Angeles, circa mid-1910s

This photo dates back to circa mid-1910s when downtown Los Angeles’s Pershing Square was still called Central Park. That large white vehicle parked in front is a jitney bus, which was a small public bus service. ‘Jitney’ was slang for … Continue reading

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Five different types of transport on Third Street, downtown Los Angeles, 1905

This shot of Third Street in downtown Los Angeles in 1905 was captioned: “Los Angeles before the car was king.” It’s an accurate statement because in the one shot we can see a streetcar, bicycles, a horse-drawn carriage, Angels Flight … Continue reading

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The corner of Fourth St and Main St, downtown Los Angeles, 1924

In this photo, we’re seeing life going on at the corner of Fourth St and Main St, downtown Los Angeles in 1924. I’ve seen photos of 1920s downtown L.A. with much more traffic and pedestrians so I’m wondering if this … Continue reading

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Broadway and 6th Street, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1920s

There are two things I’d like to note about this dynamic shot of the corner of Broadway and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles come time during the 1920s. Look how densely packed that sidewalk is. It’s elbow-to-elbow! Also there … Continue reading

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Plate from Clifton’s Pacific Seas Cafeteria, 618 South Olive Street, downtown Los Angeles

Here we have a plate from Clifton’s Pacific Seas Cafeteria, 618 South Olive Street, downtown Los Angeles. Note the words at the bottom: DINE FREE UNLESS DELIGHTED. Clifton’s was a chain of LA cafeterias that opened at the nadir of … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Herald Express building at 11th Street and Broadway, downtown Los Angeles

I think we can all agree that this building deserves to be filed under “They Sure Don’t Build ‘em Like That Anymore.” This is the Los Angeles Herald Express building, built in 1914 and designed by Hearst favorite, Julia Morgan … Continue reading

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