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Million Dollar Theater, Los Angeles

#39 of 45 in Historic Sites in Los Angeles
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Million Dollar Theatre at 307 S. Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the first movie palaces built in the United States. It opened in 1917 with the premiere of William S. Hart's The Silent Man. It's the northernmost of the collection of historical movie palaces in the Broadway Theater District and stands directly across from the landmark Bradbury Building. The theater is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Built in 1917, the theatre was designed in an exquisite Californian Churrigueresque style by noted Los Angeles architect Albert C. Martin. It was the first movie palace built by famed Hollywood...  more »
  • Dating from 1917 this was one of the first movie palaces in the US. In a lovely Spanish Revival style it was also the famous Grauman's first movie palace. It has had an eventful life down the...  more »
  • Beautiful main theater. This is an architectural treasure. However, the seats are crammed too close together. In a theater that seats 2000 the men's room had 3 urinals and 2 stalls. The women's accommodations must have been as skimpy, because the line was at least 50 people long. The sound system was terrible which could have been the fault of the films we watched: The Maltese Falcon and a Bugs Bunny cartoon. We had a great time. The place needs another half mil to finish off the restoration to make the Million Dollar Theater a first class destination.
  • Ladies room has only 4 stalls, of which only 3 were unlocked for use. On a special night as yesterday to a soldout event of close to 2,000 seats it is unbelievable on the logistics of accomodations to our Basic needs. Most of the ladies from our group had to go next door to the Grand Central Market . It's a shame for such a beautiful place. During the show at times I felt like smoke was causing me to cough. I hope someone can save this historical theater and bring it back to it's real beauty and maybe improve the bathroom situation. On another note, I am grateful for all the volunteers for the hard work hosting the Last Remaining Seats double feature The Bitter Stems and later on The Maltese Falcon.

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