ORPHEUM Theatre. Broadway, Los Angeles - Vintage Photo, 1963

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    The ORPEHUM theatre was recently restored and is again functioning as a downtown cultural venue. (Please see additional photos in my Vintage Cinemas of the World Album).
    NOTE (perhaps ironically) the double bill of a late-period Judy Garland film, A CHILD IS WAITING, and an obscure second feature, DEAD TO THE WORLD.

    Onasill, ILikeTakingDigitalPhotos, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Imitation of Eythe 54 months ago | reply

      Are you suggesting that OUR JUDY was -- ahem -- "DTTW" at that time? Probably. This theatre is located just a few blocks from our office on Figueroa, and is located in what is now "The Jewelery District". This still(image), sort-of represents the end of Downtown as any-kind of movie center of note. At this very time, which I well remember, Westwood and Beverly Hills were the places to see the first-run attractions, and Hollywood (well, certain theatres) was still holding it's own. But even by this time, Downtown L.A. was definitely where the second and third-run playings were held. After that, most of the operating theatres there switched over to Spanish-language films only.

      Dead to the World, indeed!

    2. BudCat14/Ross 54 months ago | reply

      :) :) :)
      This is similar to what happened on 42nd Street around this time. But you could catch a lot of foreign films there when they finished playing on the expensive East Side.
      I'd give anything to have experienced LA's Broadway in its prime.
      I believe the State, now some kind of church, was the MGM flagship theater (or something like that) for a time?

    3. Omri Suissa 54 months ago | reply

      This is a just wonderful!

      Please check my photos :)
      (and add me as a contact if you want)

    4. BudCat14/Ross 54 months ago | reply

      Please check out Garland at her MGM peak (with Gene Kelly) in a still in my REAL STARS album. Thanks.

    5. swampzoid 54 months ago | reply

      great photograph

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