Tower Theatre (Los Angeles)

The Tower Theatre, at 802 S. Broadway, is a historic movie theater that opened in 1927 in the Broadway Theater District of Downtown Los Angeles.HistoryThe Tower Theatre, at S. Broadway and W. 8th Street, was commissioned by H.L. Gumbiner. He would also build the Los Angeles Theatre in 1931.The Tower was the first theater designed by architect S. Charles Lee. Seating 900 on a tiny site (50ft wide by 153ft long), replacing the 650-seat 1911 Garrick Theatre, it was designed in powerful Baroque Revival style with innovative French, Spanish, Moorish, and Italian elements all executed in terra-cotta. Its interior was modeled after the Paris Opera House. Its exterior features a prominent clock tower, the very top of which was removed after an earthquake.The Tower was the first filmhouse in Los Angeles to be wired for talking pictures, and it was the location of the sneak preview and Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros.' revolutionary part-talking The Jazz Singer (1927), starring Al Jolson. It was the first theater in Los Angeles to be air conditioned.

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802 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
90014

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