Los Angeles Theatre
615 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
The Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, is considered the Grand Dame of the Broadway’s Historic Theater District’s historic theaters . The most lavish and last built of Broadway’s great movie palaces, the Los Angeles was designed in 1931 in the French Baroque architectural style. In addition to its architecturally stunning decor, the Los Angeles originally boasted a number of unusual amenities. These included an electric indicator to monitor available seats, soundproof “crying rooms” (for parents with crying children) above the loge, a staffed playroom in the basement, and a glamorous ladies’ lounge featuring sixteen private compartments, each finished in a different marble. In the walnut-paneled basement lounge, a periscope-like system of prisms relayed the featured film from the auditorium to a secondary screen, allowing patrons to watch the film while socializing. Even the bathroom stalls are remarkably grand.
Comprised of nearly 104,000 square feet of multi-level theater space with an existing 2,877 seats, it also additionally includes multiple separate event spaces. Each with their own stylized remarkable aesthetics, they include an oval ballroom with original Tiffany glass panels from Paris’s Art Nouveau period. The ground floors Broadway-fronted retail spaces and upper floor spaces are set to be converted to 4 separate restaurants and bars, a nightclub and one restaurant rising three levels to the rooftop.
Befitting the array of possible event venues, the entitlements needed to build in maximum flexibility of use. KBA spent significant time working closely with the developer. Together, we conceptualized the individuality of spaces and mix of uses, down to the most minute details. We garnered entitlements for a plan that is highly strategic and innovative in approach that. anticipate and stand the test of time. Given the sheer enormity of the undertaking--the theater with the ground floor restaurants/bars total 4,400 seats—the City required extensive review and engagement. The promise of a revitalized theater—numerically the size of a small town—will serve as an international draw from architecture aficionados and cultural mavens. The breadth of entitlements was approved as requested.