Tower Theater, Los Angeles

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Tower Theater

 

The George Arthur and Lois Wilson movie, “The Gingham Girl” was the feature movie for the grand opening of the Tower Theater in October 12, 1927.The Tower Theater is downtown L.A.’s Broadway movie palace district’s hidden gem because it is a perfect location for movies. Designed in 1927 by renowned architect S. Charles Lee, the first Tower premiered as the very first movie palace in L.A.’s downtown district. Wired for sound films, it was here that audiences got a sneak preview of the very first movie musical, the Warner Brothers classic, “The Jazz Singer”.

Built in a long and narrow fashion to give way to its unusual real estate design, the Tower’s innovative design and exterior is now ruined by street sellers. Its once famous tower has been chopped short and its marquee has been change to a more modern look over the years.

No longer functioning as a movie theater since 1988, the Tower theater is one of the great movie theaters still standing in downtown Los Angeles. It has been used as a nightclub, a venue for English speaking congregations of the UCKG church, as well as a venue for special events. It is also sometimes used as a location for films. It has reinvented itself as a rock concert venue since the late 80s.. The Tower Theatre is listed as a Historic-Cultural Landmark as well as the National Register of Historic Places.

 
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