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Continental Building
408 South Spring Street
Completed 1903

Los Angeles Union Oil Building
Union Oil Building, 650 S Hope St
built 1922

Los Angeles Robinsons Department Store
Robinsons Department Store

Los Angeles Robinsons Department Store
Robinsons Department Store

Los Angeles

Los Angeles 716 South Olive
716 S Olive St

Los Angeles 716 South Olive
716 S Olive St

Bradbury Building, 1893
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Subway Terminal Building

Fine Arts Building
815 West 7th Street
Built 1926

James Oviatt Building
617 South Olive Street
Completed 1927

Los Angeles Oviatt Building
Oviatt Building

Los Angeles Oviatt Building
Oviatt Building

Los Angeles Oviatt Building
Oviatt Building

Los Angeles Oviatt Building
Oviatt Building

Broadway-Spring Arcade Building
540 South Broadway
Built 1924 - 1931

Los Angeles Broadway Spring Arcade Building
Broadway-Spring Arcade Building

Los Angeles Fur Mart Building
Fur Mart Building, 636 S Hill St
built 1925

Los Angeles Fur Mart Building
Fur Mart Building, 636 S Hill St
built 1925

Los Angeles Sun Realty Bankers Building
Sun Realty Building, 630 S Hill St
built 1930

Los Angeles Sun Realty Bankers Building
Sun Realty Building, 630 S Hill St
built 1930

Los Angeles Sun Realty Bankers Building
Sun Realty Building, 630 S Hill St
built 1930

Los Angeles Sun Realty Bankers Building
Sun Realty Building, 630 S Hill St
built 1930

Historic theaters

The Theater District is concentrated along Broadway.

Metropolitan Theaters operates most of these, and Los Angeles Conservancy operates walking tours. The LA Historic Theater Foundation is dedicated to their preservation.

Arcade Theatre

Los Angeles Arcade Theatre

Arcade Theatre
534 S Broadway
Built 1910

English music hall style, this was the first Alexander Pantages vaudeville house in Los Angeles.

Cameo Theatre

Cameo Theatre
528 S Broadway
Built 1910

This theatre was closed in 1991 and was one of the longest operating movie theaters in California.

Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre
630 S Broadway
Built 1911

This was the third home of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit and is now the oldest remianing Orpheum theatre in the country. Vaudeville performers filled the stage for 15 years then the theater was converted for silent films and eventually for talkies. This is styled after a Florentine palazzo designed by G Albert Lansburg. It is famous for its terra-cotta reliefs.

Rialto Theatre

Rialto Theatre
812 S Broadway
Built 1917

This was built as a nickelodeon, then remodeled for Sid Grauman. Its best feature is its 1930s neon marquee.

Million Dollar Theatre

Million Dollar Theatre
310 S Broadway
Built 1918

This flamboyant house launched the career of Sid Grauman. It is now used for Latino stage entertainment.

Los Angeles Million Dollar Theatre

Los Angeles Million Dollar Theatre

Los Angeles Million Dollar Theatre

Los Angeles Million Dollar Theatre

Los Angeles Million Dollar Theatre

Lowe's State Theatre

Lowe's State Theatre
703 S Broadway
Built 1921

This was part of the vast Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer theater chain. They offered both film and vaudeville, enhanceed by its own orchestra and chorus line. Judy Garland made her Los Angeles debut here in 1929 as one of the Gumm Sisters.

Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre
842 S Broadway
Built 1926

This theater became the fourth and final home of the famous Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles. Acts included Pavlova, Will Rogers and a young Bob Hope. It include a French Baroque auditorum, opulent marble lobby, a gold gilt ceiling, a fine neon marquee and the last originally installed theater organ in Los Angeles.

Tower Theatre

Tower Theatre
802 S Broadway
Built 1927

This was S Charles Lee's first theatre. it provided 1,000 seats on a tiny site.

United Artists Theatre

United Artists Theatre
933 S Broadway
Built 1927

This cathedral-like theater is now the University Cathedral, owned and restored by Dr. Gene Scott. It is crowned a Spanish Gothic tower designed by Walker & Eisen. It was financed by the original partners of United Artists: Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin. They are pictured in the auditorium murals.

Los Angeles Theatre

Los Angeles Theatre
615 S Broadway
Built 1931

Built by architect S Charles Lee, the Los Angeles Theatre is one of California's most gorgeous theatres. Lavishly built at a cost of over $1,000,000, it was the last of the great movie palaces in downtown Los Angeles. French Baroque opulence is gloriously displayed in the central staircase and gold brocaded drapes (Versailles style). It opened with the gala premiere of Chaplin's City Lights. Its glorious splendor can still be seen once a year when its portals are opened during the LA Downtown Conservancy's fundraising sponsorship of old films in vintage theatres.

Roxie Theatre
Roxie Theater
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Roxie Theatre
518 S Broadway
Built 1932

This was the last major theatre built downtown.

Mayan Theatre

Mayan Theatre
1038 S Hill

It is currently a nightclub.

Belasco Theatre

Belasco Theatre
1038 S Hill

This has been partially restored and is used as a film and video location.

Though not part of the formal Theater District, there are other beautiful theaters in Downtown LA.
MacArthur Theatre

Gallery Row has lots of art spaces.

Jewelry District

downtown los angeles jewelry district

downtown los angeles giannini place
Giannini Place, 505 W 7th St
built 1922

downtown los angeles giannini place
Giannini Place, 505 W 7th St
built 1922

Jewelry Theatre building (Warner Bros Downtown building)

Jewelry Theatre Building
410 West 7th Street
Built 1919 - 1920

downtown los angeles jewelry theatre building

downtown los angeles jewelry theatre building

downtown los angeles jewelry theatre building

downtown los angeles jewelry theatre building

downtown los angeles jewelry theatre building

downtown los angeles jewelry theatre building

Old Bank District

Pershing Square

Los Angeles Pershing Square

Los Angeles Pershing Square

Los Angeles Pershing Square

Los Angeles Pershing Square
Pershing Square

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Biddy Mason Park

Tucked along Spring St is a thoughtful memorial to a genuine American hero.

Biddy Mason Park spring st

Biddy Mason Park spring st

Bites

Bottega Louie
BabyCakes Los Angeles

BabyCakes is a bakery on 6th St between Main St and Los Angeles St. Their menu is vegan, kosher, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, casein-free and free of refined sugars. This is a welcome addition to a saccharine and wheat-reliant pastry-scape. First impressions (2010-07-22) BabyCakes first crossed my radar when I overheard my gluten-, dairy- and soy-intolerant friend Katherine speak of it on the 4th of July. I forked over $3.50 for a coconut donut.

Conventional donuts seem to me like over-sweet sweet fluffy tires that melt in my mouth like cotton candy. BabyCakes' donuts have the conventional shape, but similarities end there. Their donuts are less sweet, more earthy, and very, very tasty and dense. BabyCakes' donuts know they cannot completely copy their gluten rivals; but they nonetheless are an ace treat for a consumer niche.

babycakes gluten free dairy free soy free donut
BabyCakes' coconut donut.

babycakes scones
BabyCakes' vegetable scones.

babycakes decor
The interior is predictably hipster.

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Bradbury Building, 1893

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Roxie Theater

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Roxie Theater
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Roxie Theater

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Oviatt Building, 1927 617 South Olive Street, Los Angeles
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Oviatt Building, 1927
617 South Olive Street, Los Angeles

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Pacific Mutual Building, 1908-1936 523 West Sixth Street, Los Angeles
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Pacific Mutual Building, 1908-1936
523 West Sixth Street, Los Angeles

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Pacific Mutual Building, 1908-1936
523 West Sixth Street, Los Angeles

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Pacific Mutual Building, 1908-1936
523 West Sixth Street, Los Angeles

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523 West Sixth Street, Los Angeles

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Pacific Mutual Building, 1908-1936
523 West Sixth Street, Los Angeles

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Million Dollar Theatre, 1918 307 South Broadway, Los Angeles
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Million Dollar Theatre, 1918
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Million Dollar Theatre, 1918
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