Rosslyn Theatre

431 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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One of many small theatres that lined S. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. The Rosslyn was located across the street from the still standing and closed-up Regent Theatre.

The Film Daily Yearbook’s, 1941 and 1943 give a seating capacity of 350. In the 1950 and 1952 editions of the F.D.Y seating capacity is given as 270.

The site of the Rosslyn Theatre currently has a parking structure built on it.

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kencmcintyre on July 30, 2007 at 5:52 pm

You know, I’m wrong on that, after I looked at the map from 5/9/07. I’m on the wrong side of the street. 417 would have been on the west side of Main.

kencmcintyre on August 13, 2007 at 6:01 pm

The Rosslyn was advertised as such in the 1925 city directory, at 431 S. Main. So any photos of Main between 4th and 5th during that time should show the Rosslyn in some form or another.

vokoban on August 13, 2007 at 6:58 pm

you can see it in the edge of this 40’s(?) photo:
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Also, in that movie called The Street With No Name I think its a penny arcade with winos stumbling out of it.

kencmcintyre on August 14, 2007 at 5:33 pm

The Muse was at 417 S. Main. It’s already listed on CT. It was advertised in 1925 and in 1942, so it must have been around for a while.

kencmcintyre on November 1, 2007 at 7:13 am

If you still had a dollar after the show in 1929, you could have a nice meal:

kencmcintyre on November 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Funny that the Rosslyn was so far down the street from the hotel. Maybe the name had some cachet back then, so they were trying to cash in on that.

vokoban on November 12, 2008 at 1:35 pm

I can’t remember if I already posted this but here’s a then/now photo I took of the Rosslyn: View link

kencmcintyre on November 12, 2008 at 1:47 pm

You can easily see the outline of the middle building on the hotel.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm

The Rosslyn Hotel occupied all three of the buildings on the 400 block in vokoban’s “then” picture, plus the annex south of 5th Street. The Rosslyn began with this building, then took over took over the Lexington Hotel next door, then built the New Rosslyn on the corner. I think the older buildings remained part of the Rosslyn right up until they were demolished.

kencmcintyre on April 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm

The Rosslyn can be seen in this 1939 USC photo:

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