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State Theatre

2001 Photo from the Bob Meza collection.
703 S Broadway
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles) CA 90014

Record #2144  
 Opened: November 12, 1921
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use: Church
Capacity: 2450 seats
Architect(s): Weeks & Day
Architectural Style(s): Beaux Arts; Spanish
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Loew's State
 Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, Loews Theatres, United Artists Theatres, Metropolitan Theatres

Built in 1921 by Marcus Loew, the State's location at one of downtown's busiest intersections made it one of Broadway's most profitable theaters for many years. The theater originally offered both film and vaudeville featuring the theater's own orchestra and chorus line. It was here that Fanchon and Marco established their reputation, and Judy Garland was "discovered" here as a part of the singing Gumm Sisters.

The State Theatre building is the largest brick-clad structure in Los Angeles, reaching a height of 12 stories on a 160 x 169-foot lot. The exterior is finished in a formal Beaux Arts style while the interior is a mix of classical, medieval and traditional Spanish details. Directly centered on the auditorium's proscenium sits a billiken figure guarding the fire curtain decorated with planets and onion-domed towers.

The theater is currently operating as a church. The auditorium and parts of the lobby remain intact while the entrance configuration has changed. Patrons originally entered from both Broadway and Seventh Street.

 Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.

May 2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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August 2001 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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November 1995 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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Last featured 5/6/2003. Last edited 10/18/2022.

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