World Theatre

7228 South Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90003

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Florence Theatre

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Built in 1922 and opening as the Florence Theatre. In 1927 a Reuter 2 manual 3 ranks organ was installed. Later renamed the World Theatre, it was closed in the mid-1950’s and is now a grocery store.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

William on September 23, 2002 at 8:47 am

This is not the World Theatre that was located on Hollywood Blvd.. But another World Theatre that was located on South Broadway in South Central Los Angeles.

MagicLantern on June 10, 2004 at 11:23 am

This theatre is now the Mercado Internacional, an ethnic grocery – not demolished, just a little altered…

fluffer1987 on October 7, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Is there a page on the World Theater on Hollywood? That place was legendary, triple features, one dollar admission, extremely interesting patrons.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 7, 2007 at 10:54 pm

Here is the link to CT’s page for the World Theatre, Hollywood.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 7, 2007 at 11:23 pm

In its early days, this house was called the Florence Theatre, after nearby Florence Avenue. A Southwest Builder & Contractor article of March 4, 1921, announced the letting of the construction contract to L.E. Campbell, and described the planned building as a one-story brick theatre and store building, 42x129 feet. The owner was named as F.A. Richey, and the projected cost was $15,000. The name Florence Theatre appears in the 1924 city directory.

The L.A. city planning department’s zoning information system says the building at 7228 S. Broadway was built in 1922, and is currently in use as a grocery store.

kencmcintyre on March 29, 2008 at 12:10 am

Florence should be an aka.

kencmcintyre on April 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I didn’t walk around the building last year, but if you look at the view on Google it’s a good sized building. Next time I’m down that way I will go inside and see what they did with the interior.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 6, 2010 at 3:24 am

This entry is duplicated at this page, where Lost Memory said: “A Reuter theater organ opus 236 size 2/3 was installed in the Florence Theater in 1927 at a cost of $3,500.”

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