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The Regent Theater, 448 South Main Street, c.2005-2014

c. 2005-2014 In a dramatic reversal of fortune, Main Street’s long-beleaguered Regent Theater has begun its new life as a permanent concert venue. Completed near the end of the building’s centennial year, the much-anticipated mid-November reopening marks the most recent … Continue reading

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West side of Western Avenue north of Fourth Street, 1927-2013

1927-2013 Los Angeles’ suburban expansion in the 1920s is best known for creating much of the city’s characteristic, low-rise form, defined by dense collections of single-family homes and small apartment buildings. At the same time however, the city’s westward growth … Continue reading

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North retail wing of the Los Angeles Theater, 611 South Broadway, 1931-2013

1931-2013 Often considered one of the finest theaters ever built in the city, the Los Angeles Theater opened in 1931 with two 45-foot wide retail buildings on Broadway, flanking the main auditorium section. Though planned and designed as a single … Continue reading

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Northeast corner of Fifth and Main Streets, 1973-2013

1973-2013 Once a busy commercial district in the early 20th century, the central portion of Main Street deteriorated substantially after the Second World War as concentrated poverty spiked in the eastern areas of downtown. By the early 1970s, Main Street … Continue reading

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The Alvarado Theatre, 710 South Alvarado Street, 1936-2012

1936-2012 Lined primarily by residences in the early stages of its development, Alvarado Street quickly became the Westlake District’s primary commercial corridor during the 1910s and 1920s. Completed in 1914, the Alvarado Theater was one of the first commercial buildings … Continue reading

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Northeast corner of Sixth and Hill Streets, 1960-2012

1960-2012 At its completion in 1923, the Metropolitan Theater marked a major milestone in the growth of downtown Los Angeles’ shopping and theater district, concentrated along Broadway¬†and Hill Street. Financed by theater magnate Sid Grauman and designed by Edwin Bergstrom, … Continue reading

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A silent Cameo

The long-neglected Clune’s Broadway Theatre quietly idles through its hundredth year.

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