Tally's Broadway Theatre

833 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Architects: Robert Farquhar Train, Robert Edmund Williams

Firms: Train & Williams

Previous Names: Kinemacolor Theater

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Opened in late-December 1909, it was operated by Thomas L. Tally. It was renamed Kinemacolor Theater on December 4, 1911 but had reverted back to its original name by September 1915. It was demolished in 1929 and an extension to Hamburger’s (later May’s) department store built on the site.

Thomas L. Tally moved up S. Broadway and opened Tally’s New Broadway at #428 S. Broadway (see CinemaTreasures/theaters/1981).

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vokoban on September 26, 2008 at 10:38 am

They probably did but in the shots where he’s hanging from the clock it was a set on top of a building next to the Orpheum, I believe. There’s a good documentary about the ‘making of’ Safety Last on this set:

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Well worth the money…by the way.

nickb on September 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm

You can also see the Majestic (and, in various shots during the same ascent sequence, the Tower, and the United Artists) in Lloyd’s 1930 talkie ‘Feet First’. You can also see that Tally’s has made way for the Hamburger Dept Store extension.

Also worth watching is the Lloyd short ‘Never Weaken’, which is based around the construction of what would appear to be the State Theatre. You can see the Pantages Hill Street down 7th Street in a couple of exteriors.

kencmcintyre on September 28, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I’ll take a look. Right now I have “Girl Shy”, “Milky Way” and “Safety Last” via Netflix.

kencmcintyre on October 5, 2008 at 12:36 am

Tally’s New Broadway is listed at 264 S. Broadway in this 1908 city directory:

gldprstr on January 25, 2010 at 4:59 am

I’ve read all the comments and disputes about the location of Tally’s Broadway Theatre. Whether it’s relevant or not to the issue, I have 2 Tallygram’s which were the advertisement flyers for the silent movies shown weekly at T.B.T. William Gillette in Sherlock Holmes, June 26, 1916 & Elmo Lincoln in The Romance of Tarzan, April 7, 1919. Both flyer’s (Tallygram’s) have a location of Sunset Boulevard 4501. I hope this is of some help to someone interested.

gldprstr on January 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Correction to the previous post is the address Sunset Broadway 4501. AllenH. Pahrump,NV

MJuggler on June 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Found a great old photo here of it but need to get them to correct the location but can seem to get it done. We’ll know at least:
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Joe Vogel on September 21, 2010 at 5:59 am

The January 2, 1910, issue of the Los Angeles Herald said that architects Train & Williams had been engaged to draw the plans for Thomas Tally’s new theater on Broadway adjacent to the Majestic Theatre.

A few years later, Train & Williams designed the Hyman Theatre (aka Garrick) at 8th and Broadway, across the street and up the block from Tally’s Broadway, so there were two Train & Williams-designed theaters on this block until the Garrick was demolished in 1927. The firm also designed the Strand Theatre in Pasadena, which has also long since been demolished.

rivest266 on September 5, 2019 at 5:19 pm

Reopened as Kinemacolor on December 4th, 1911. Grand opening ad posted.

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