Saturday, August 03, 2013
I am a sucker for vintage L.A., and while I don't have nearly as many photos of the city as I'd like, I still have a few worth sharing.
This first one is from the corner of Broadway and 7th (that's Broadway running left to right). On the corner is the Loew's State Theater, which I would imagine had seen better days by 1958, like so many other movie palaces. It opened in 1921and showed movies and vaudeville acts (such as Judy Garland, as one of the Gumm sisters). Above the marquee (showing "How to Make a Monster" and "Teenage Caveman") you can barely see a banner featuring an ad for the L.A. County Fair; the mascot is a pig named "Thummer", because he is hitch-hiking!
In 1998, the State stopped showing movies, and the space now operates as a Spanish language church.
We're still on Broadway, this time just north of 6th Street. My favorite details are the many movie theaters visible. The Arcade is showing "Loving You" starring Elvis Presley (only his second film), along with "Operation Mad Ball" with Jack Lemmon and Mickey Rooney. The Cameo is showing "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" starring Robert Mitchum, on a double bill with "Man Without a Star" featuring Kirk Douglas (these were not new movies in 1958). And the Roxie has "The Bravados" with Gregory Peck, along with "Tank Force" starring Victor Mature.
This is about as close as I could get to replicating the same view using Google Maps' Street View. The area looks fairly neat and clean, but lacks all of the vitality seen in the previous picture.