The Best Iconic Theatres in DTLA

August 22, 2018

They don’t call it La La Land for nothing. Home to some of the most iconic theatres in the country, downtown Los Angeles’s Broadway scene came to life in the early 18th century with the uprising of the most opulent theatres and movie palaces around. Once a place for Hollywood movie screenings and famous playwrights, many of these theatres now serve as concert venues and filming locations. Read on to see our list of the top iconic theatres in downtown LA.

 

Belasco


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Located just off Broadway, the Belasco Theatre was built in 1926 by Edward Belasco, brother to famous playwright David Belasco. Many Hollywood starlets appeared at this venue until it’s decline in the late 1930s. It served as a church for several decades before transforming back into an entertainment hub, becoming a popular venue for concerts and other big nightlife events today.

 

Tower Theatre


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Designed by renowned architect S. Charles Lee, The Tower Theatre was the first movie palace in downtown Los Angeles to be wired for sound films. It’s also known as the original sneak preview location for films, where it became famous for screening Warner Brother’s movie, The Jazz Singer in 1927. The opulent theatre was recently bought up by Apple, who’s set to open a new store and event space at this iconic LA landmark.

 

Orpheum


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Opening its doors in 1926, the Orpheum was one of four locations by the Orpheum vaudeville circuit to grace LA with its presence. This opulent venue hosted famous burlesque shows and featured big musical acts like Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. In the late eighties it received a 3-million-dollar renovation and now serves as an event venue and popular spot for filming. Taylor Swift’s “Mean” was shot here, as well as a few episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

 

The Theatre at Ace Hotel


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Originally known as the United Artists Theatre, this space was home to the American film and television studio founded by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin. The building later served as headquarters for the University Cathedral, headed by televangelist Dr. Gene Scott, before being resurrected by the Ace Hotel in 2014. It now serves as an epicenter for L.A.’s burgeoning art and modern entertainment scene.

 

The Los Angeles Theatre


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Built in 1931, the Los Angeles Theatre is considered to be among the city’s most lavish landmarks. Inspired by the French Baroque interiors of Versailles, the venue features a grand central staircase, gold brocade drapes and crystal chandeliers throughout. Before its opening night, Charlie Chaplin helped fund the completion so his film City of Lights could be premiered on time for opening night. This iconic building can now be found in several movies and tv series such as Charlie’s Angels (2000) and the AMC series, Mad Men.

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