Victor Theatre

1718 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Previous Names: Royal Theatre, Globe Theatre No. 4

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VICTOR Theatre, Los Angeles, California, in 1953.

The Royal Theatre was opened in 1913. It was listed in The American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 as the Globe Theatre No. 4. It was later renamed Victor Theatre, and was one of many independent theatres that was once part of the S. Main Street theatre district in downtown Los Angeles.

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kencmcintyre on June 10, 2007 at 9:46 pm

1718 S. Main is directly under the Santa Monica Freeway. No trace of the theater remains.

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 1:07 pm

A Royal Theater at 18th & Main was advertised in the LA Times on 3/27/14. Unknown if this is the Victor or an adjacent theater.

kencmcintyre on March 17, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Here is a 1938 photo of the Victor:

kencmcintyre on April 28, 2008 at 10:15 pm

1718 would be the east side of Main, so the theater would be exactly where an enormous freeway support stands now. I think the 110 was built in the mid to late fifties, so this theater has been gone for at least fifty years.

kencmcintyre on April 28, 2008 at 10:22 pm

I know. I was stuck behind a fender bender today at that exact intersection, and I started ruminating (if that refers to humans as well as cows).

kencmcintyre on April 28, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Absolutely. The blackberry is always within arms reach.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

This house was listed as the Royal Theatre in the 1915 and 1917 city directories. It was probably the theater that was built in 1912 by F.L. Spaulding, as noted in the June 15 issue of Southwest Contractor & Manufacturer:

“THEATER—F. L. Spaulding, 1460 Dana St., has taken out a permit for the foundation for a moving picture theater which he will build at 1716 S. Main St. for himself. The theater which has been leased to the Globe Amusement Co., will seat about 900. There will be two store rooms. Concrete foundation, 60x140 ft., brick walls, stucco front, composition roof, dome covered with galvanized iron, steel beams and columns, marble and tile lobby, ornamental plaster ceiling in theater, plate glass store fronts, pine trim, electric wiring, plumbing. Cost about $25,000.”
I don’t have access to city directories for 1913 and 1914, so I can’t be positive that this project was built, but if it wasn’t then somebody soon built a theater on this site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2015 at 1:48 pm

This house was advertised as the Royal Theatre, 18th and Main, in the “Moving Picture Theatres of Los Angeles” ad in the Los Angeles Times of March 13, 1914.

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