California Cinemas & Theaters Photos

Being the center of the American film industry, film studios erected elaborate flagship theaters in a variety of fantasy styles which pushed the standards for all cinemas.

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Los Angeles Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Palace Theater was formerly named Orpheum Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Terra-cotta panel of medieval flute player on Palace Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Terra-cotta panel of medieval string player on Palace Theater. Los Angeles, CA.
Los Angeles Theater (1931) (615 South Broadway). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Second Empire. Architect: S. Charles Lee.Palace Theater (1911) (630 South Broadway) was formerly named Orpheum Theater. Los Angeles, CA. Style: Second Empire. Architect: G. Albert Landsburgh.Terra-cotta panel of medieval flute player on Palace Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Terra-cotta panel of medieval string player on Palace Theater. Los Angeles, CA.
Terra-cotta panel of dancing woman on Palace Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Terra-cotta facade details on Palace Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Tower Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Orpheum Theater. Los Angeles, CA.
Terra-cotta panel of dancing woman on Palace Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Terra-cotta facade details on Palace Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Tower Theater (1925-6) (Broadway at 8th). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco. Architect: S. Charles Lee.Orpheum Theater (1928) (12 floors) (842-6 South Broadway). Los Angeles, CA. Architect: G. Albert Landsburgh.
Texaco / United Artists Theater Building. Los Angeles, CA.Former United Artists Theater entrance. Los Angeles, CA.Carved face above United Artists Theater entrance. Los Angeles, CA.Row of carved figures on United Artists Theater facade. Los Angeles, CA.
Texaco / United Artists Theater Building (1927) (13 floors) (929 South Broadway). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Deco & Spanish Revival. Architect: Walker & Eisen plus Charles Howard Crane.Former United Artists Theater entrance. Los Angeles, CA.Carved face above United Artists Theater entrance. Los Angeles, CA.Row of carved figures on United Artists Theater facade. Los Angeles, CA.
Sculpted woman holding globe on United Artists Theater facade. Los Angeles, CA.Contrasting United Artists Theater Spanish revival & Art Deco detail of neighboring building. Los Angeles, CA.Million Dollar Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Churrigueresque decorations of arch over entry of Million Dollar Theater where actors like Charlie Chaplin, Lillian Gish & Mary Pickford attended premiers. Los Angeles, CA.
Sculpted woman holding globe on United Artists Theater facade. Los Angeles, CA.Contrasting United Artists Theater Spanish revival & Art Deco detail of neighboring building. Los Angeles, CA.Million Dollar Theater (now Grand Central Square) (1917) (12 floors) (307 South Broadway). Los Angeles, CA. Architect: Albert C. Martin, Sr..Churrigueresque decorations of arch over entry of Million Dollar Theater where actors like Charlie Chaplin, Lillian Gish & Mary Pickford attended premiers. Los Angeles, CA.
Details of entry arch of Million Dollar Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Ibis-headed Egyptian-style figure on Million Dollar Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Sculpted actor carrying masks of comedy & tragedy on Million Dollar Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Sculpted figure carrying thunderbolt & electric motors on Million Dollar Theater. Los Angeles, CA.
Details of entry arch of Million Dollar Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Ibis-headed Egyptian-style figure on Million Dollar Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Sculpted actor carrying masks of comedy & tragedy on Million Dollar Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Sculpted figure carrying thunderbolt & electric motors on Million Dollar Theater. Los Angeles, CA.
Mann's Chinese Theatre. Hollywood, CA.Chinese-styled roof over entrance of Mann's Chinese Theatre. Hollywood, CA.Harold Lloyd prints at Mann's Chinese Theatre. Hollywood, CA.El Capitan Theater facade. Hollywood, CA.
Mann's (formerly Grauman's) Chinese Theatre (1927) (6925 Hollywood Blvd.). Hollywood, CA. Architect: Meyer & Holler. Chinese-styled roof over entrance of Mann's Chinese Theatre. Hollywood, CA.Harold Lloyd prints (1927) at Mann's Chinese Theatre. Hollywood, CA.El Capitan Theater facade. Hollywood, CA.
Guinness Museum in former Hollywood Theatre. Hollywood, CA.Pantages Theatre marquee. Hollywood, CA.El Rey Theatre. Los Angeles, CA.Decorative panels of El Rey Theatre. Los Angeles, CA.
Guinness Museum in former Hollywood Theatre (1919). Hollywood, CA. Architect: Clifford A. Balch &, S. Charles Lee. Pantages Theatre marquee. Hollywood, CA. El Rey Theatre (1928) (5515 Wilshire Blvd.). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Art Moderne. Architect: Clifford A. Balch.Decorative panels of El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd.). Los Angeles, CA.
Broadway Cineplex Theater. Santa Monica, CA.Bruin Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Fox Westwood Village Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Tower of Fox Westwood Village Theater. Los Angeles, CA.
Broadway Cineplex Theater (3rd Street Promenade). Santa Monica, CA. Style: Art Deco.Bruin Theater (1930s) (925 Broxton Ave., Westwood). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Moderne. Architect: S. Charles Lee.Fox Westwood Village Theater (1931) (961 Broxton Ave., Westwood). Los Angeles, CA. Style: Spanish Colonial Revival & Moderne. Architect: P.O. Lewis.Tower of Fox Westwood Village Theater. Los Angeles, CA.
Tower top of Fox Westwood Village Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Winged lions on Fox Westwood Village Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Churrigueresque decorations on Fox Westwood Village Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Pacific Theater. Culver City, CA.
Tower top of Fox Westwood Village Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Winged lions on Fox Westwood Village Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Churrigueresque decorations on Fox Westwood Village Theater. Los Angeles, CA.Pacific Theater (1950s). Culver City, CA. Style: Moderne.

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