Despite the onset of the Great Depression, independent film exhibitor H.L. Gumbiner constructed the Los Angeles Theatre in 1931 for an estimated cost of one million dollars. He was intent on exceeding the lavish standards of Broadway's theatres. He turned to S. Charles Lee, who had designed his nearby Tower Theatre in 1927. Architect S. Tilden Norton worked with Lee on the theater's design. He was the son of the late Isaac Norton, whose estate owned the land the theater was built on.
June 2003 photos from the Ken Roe collection.
2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.
Photos from the 1949-1950 Theatre Catalog collection.
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