Million Dollar Theater
Million Dollar Theater
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The city's first movie theater is now a Hispanic church.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
How to get there
  • Pershing Square • 5 min walk
  • East LA Civic Center • 8 min walk
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
Built in 1917, the theatre was designed in an exquisite Californian Churrigueresque style by noted Los Angeles architect Albert C. Martin. It was the first movie palace built by famed Hollywood entrepreneur Sid Grauman, who also founded Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre.

In the 50’s, the theatre became an epicenter of Spanish language entertainment in the country. Today it is one of the last surviving grand movie palaces from the turn of the century.
Written May 16, 2020
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permia
Ireland40,843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Dating from 1917 this was one of the first movie palaces in the US. In a lovely Spanish Revival style it was also the famous Grauman's first movie palace.

It has had an eventful life down the decades, even being the home of a church for some years. Nowadays it screens particular classic historical movies.

It has served as a location for a number of films, videos and games.
Written December 19, 2019
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
They don’t build buildings this way anymore! Any day you can view the theater from the Bradbury Building. Look across the street and view the detailing on the outside of the building. Beautiful, unique, flamboyant are some of the superlatives that can be bantered about.

On special occasions, such as the Los Angeles Historic Preservation groups film series the theater is open to the public for exploring, gawking, and even viewing a classic film.

The interior is even better than the exterior. Beautiful, classic and shows why over a million dollars, in old dollars, was spent building the theater,
Written July 14, 2019
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Nancy D
Los Angeles, CA1,788 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Evidently many different types of events are staged here. I attended a Los Angeles Food Bowl function where the panel included feisty Diana Kennedy, a 95 year old expert of Mexican cuisine. The event for me was a bit disappointing... but it was cool to spend a couple hours in this old and renovated theater. It is located almost next door to Grand Central Market where we went to grab a bite to eat after the presentation.
Written May 6, 2018
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Susan D
Huntington Beach, CA1,404 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
I recently saw a screening of Laura presented by Last Remaining Seats from the Los Angeles Conservancy. As usual the screening was fabulous and so entertaining. The theatre was built in 1918 and is not totally restored but the history and decor is do interesting. Yes, there are not enough toilets and there is no air conditioning but that's not what it's about. It's the experience of attending a film noir in a historical theatre with all its charm.
Written June 10, 2017
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Chris M
Penticton, Canada69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
I was lucky enough in the summer of 2014 to attend a screening of Double Indemnity at this great theater! It was a great experience, but unfortunately they don't do this very often. if the chance comes up, make sure you go! It was a great event!
Written May 16, 2017
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berniek1949
El Segundo, CA470 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
This theater is only open for special events. Attended a movie screening and a fun theme night. Found the decor to be beautiful with lavish tall columns and ornately decorated ceilings. Seating was very comfortable. The location is in the center of downtown LA and next door to Grand central Market. Makes for a fun evening to eat at the Market and then enjoy whatever event there is inside the theatre. concession prices were very reasonable. There are many parking lots in the area with $10-15 prices.
Written April 17, 2017
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Ahems
Meridian, ID1,817 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
The history of this building and many others in this area are truly amazing. In order to appreciate this and the other landmarks in this district one must see them to be able to take in their beauty.
Written February 22, 2016
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RoarrrTrip
Rome, Italy578 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
just in front of the Bradbury Building. The front entrance was used in the film Blade Runner as entrance of Sebastian home, expecially for his particular works and sculptures. Nice place where to stop a couple of minutes for some photos.
Written February 6, 2016
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ladolcevita4us
Tucson, AZ50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Business
A colleague invited me to go see Psycho playing at this gem of a historical landmark. The LA Conservancy is doing a great job raising money to preserve this beautiful, special and important part of this engineering marvel designed by architect Wiliam Lee Woollett. It's Spanish Baroque style is surprising to see on the inside. Looking forward to seeing what it looks like once it's renovated. It has a long ways to go, but still glad I got to experience a bit of the movie seen in LA.
Written July 11, 2015
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