Central Theatre

314 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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The Central Theatre was located along Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. It has been demolished and most recently housed a bridal shop on the site.

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kencmcintyre on March 5, 2008 at 10:22 pm

OK, there’s some contradiction there between my two comments, but I think the 1973 building is in fact the Central theater location. I can’t explain the 1960 photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 5, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Ken: The 1973 picture is not the Central’s building. It has arched windows on the top floor, while the Central’s building had square-topped windows. Also, the building to the left of it is too low to be the 5-floor Bradbury Building, and the building to the right has a light well on the side, which the Cozy’s building didn’t have. The State library probably mislabeled this photo.

kencmcintyre on March 5, 2008 at 11:11 pm

OK, Joe, I’ll buy that. The theater was around in 1955, but gone by 1960, apparently.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2008 at 12:40 am

I’m now wondering where that building with the arched windows was (or is) located. It looks familiar, but I can’t quite place it.

kencmcintyre on March 6, 2008 at 1:00 am

Perhaps it was on the other side of Broadway. I know there was a caption originally, but I would have to dig through the site to find it.

missmelbatoast on October 22, 2008 at 1:18 pm

The Central Theatre can clearly be seen in the 1933 movie ‘FOOTLIGHT PARADE’, starring James Cagney, Ruby Keeler, & Joan Blondell.
In this film chorus girls change costumes in buses while traveling from theatre to theatre, and pass by the Central and Million Dollar.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2008 at 10:38 pm

The Central Theatre is listed at this address in the 1929 Los Angeles City Directory. I don’t have access to any earlier directories, so that’s the earliest I can confirm that it was open.

drb on February 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm

That 1973 photo was 354 S. Broadway, not 314. That’s one of the two that burned down in Feb. 2007, exposing their original façades that were hidden behind a late-‘70s remodel.

A thread at the L.A. ModCom preservation board, http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8572, has before and after photos of that building, and the L.A. Times article about the fire.

You can see the Cozy and the empty spot where the Central was in the background of another early ‘70s photo from that thread illustrating where the fire was.
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Nathan on May 6, 2014 at 4:18 am

Here’s an image of the Central from one of the recently-uploaded Palmer Conner collection online at the Huntington. March 10, 1955: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5489/14120931334_3cb5a43c54_b.jpg

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Here is a zoomable version of the photo Nathan linked to.

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