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Million Dollar Theater

2001 Photo from the Bob Meza collection
307 S Broadway
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles) CA 90013

Closed Live Theatre National Register 1978
Record #10466  
 Opened: 1918
 Closed: 2012
 Current Use:
Capacity: 2345 seats
Architect(s): AC Martin
Architectural Style(s): Churrigueresque
National Register: 1978
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Grauman's Million Dollar
 Previously operated by: Metropolitan Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

This 2300-seat theater is where Sid Grauman launched his Los Angeles operations. The exterior combines heroic figures of the arts with symbols of Western Americana. The ornamentation in the interior, designed by William Woollett, is based on the Victorian children's fable "King of the Golden River".

The Million Dollar played an important role in L.A.'s Hispanic community from 1950 through the late 1980s, playing Spanish-language films and variety performances.

After closing in 1993, the theatre became a church. When that group moved into the State Theatre further along South Broadway in 1998, Spanish live shows were tried again, but failed. Another church moved into the Million Dollar Theater and they removed the theatre name signs from the marquee. Sadly, in the summer of 2001, the planned Los Angeles Conservancy performance due to be held in the theatre had to be cancelled due to a plaster fall from the ceiling. The church had already gone from the building.

The Million Dollar was restored and reopened for live theatre events and movies only to close again in 2012.

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2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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Last featured 8/19/2003. Last edited 2/8/2014.

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