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State Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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Next is Lowe's State Theatre at 703 S. Broadway. The site of Judy Garland's Los Angeles debut, the State still shows first run movies. A visit here for a movie and a look at a vintage box office make a trip down Broadway worthwhile. The State was built in 1921.

State Theatre close-up of marquee
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Rod Holcomb

 

 

Tower Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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The Tower Theatre sits on a corner with its immense blue and white Tower sign. Another historic theatre with an immense archway above the marquee, the Tower sports a "for lease" sign. This theatre was built in 1927.

 

 

Rialto Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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The Rialto is next on your trip westward. A nice marquee graces the front of this former theatre that was built in 1917. Now, flea market types of stores are inside.

 

 

Orpheum Theatre
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

Nearing the end of the westward trip down Broadway, the Orpheum Theatre and its immense sign on top of the building can not be missed.

 

This is the 3rd and last theatre that still shows first run movies. It's multi-colored marquee and gold-gilded box office make this one of L.A. proudest theatre achievements. The Orpheum was built in 1926.

Orpheum Signage
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

Work is being done on the Orpheum rooftop and blade neon, which are nearing completion and will look great. The grand reopening is currently scheduled for September. (info courtesy Chris Nichols)

 

 

United Artists
Los Angeles, CA
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At the West-end of Broadway lies the United Artists Theatre, built in 1927. This theatre is now a church, owned by Dr. Gene Scott.

 

 

 

 

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