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Arcade Theater

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

Record #10468  
 Opened: September 26, 1910
 Closed: 1992
 Current Use: Retail
Capacity: 1400 seats
Architect(s): Morgan & Walls
Architectural Style(s): Beaux Arts
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Pantages
 Previously operated by: Metzger-Srere Theatres, Metropolitan Theatres

Alexander Pantages leased this theater in 1910 as his first of the famous Pantages vaudeville circuit. The interior has undergone several remodels, the most significant in the 1930s when the side boxes were removed. The original ceiling and proscenium ornamentation survives. The lobby has been converted to retail space and none of the original ornamentation is visible. On the exterior, "Pantages" is still visible above the marquee, which was added in the 1940s, when the name "Arcade" was taken from the neighboring Broadway-Spring Arcade building.

The seven-story Beaux Arts building was designed by the partnership of Morgan and Walls, who also produced the Morosco (now Globe) Theatre (1913), the Mayan Theatre (1927) and the Wiltern Theatre (1931).

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

November 2018 photos from the Scott Neff collection.

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May 2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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August 2001 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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Photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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Last featured 8/19/2003. Last edited 1/28/2023.

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