Washington Theatre

747 W. Washington Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Architects: A. Lawrence Volk

Previous Names: Photo Play Theatre

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The Photo Play Theatre was opened around June/July 1913. On March 26, 1933 it was renamed Washington Theatre and it continued to operated into at least the 1950’s.

Like many independent theatres that once lined the streets of Los Angeles are all but memories.

Contributed by William Gabel, Michael Page

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kencmcintyre on March 24, 2008 at 1:00 am

Here is the current location. The oblong building is 725, then it jumps to 751. The theater is long gone:

kencmcintyre on November 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Here are excerpts from an LA Times article dated June 1, 1913:

JH Parker, manager of the lease department of the California Realty Corporation, reports having leased on account of the Baer Realty Corporation a photoplay theater on Washington Street near Cherry. The building has just been completed at a cost of $32,000 and is considered one of the finest of its kind in the city. The building has been leased to HH Wellenbrink for a term of ten years at a total rental of $36,000. A. Lawrence Volk is the architect.

The same agency has leased on account of Eugene G. Haskell a moving picture theater now under construction on West Adams Street near Harbor. The auditorium will have a seating capacity of 1000. The building will cost approximately $20,000 and has been leased by Keys and Seefloth for a term of ten years. A.C. Martin is the architect.

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