AKA: Orpheum Theater and Office Building, Los Angeles, CA; Orpheum Theatre and Office Building, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Lansburgh, G. Albert, Architect (firm); Gustave Albert Lansburgh (architect)

Dates: constructed 1925-1926

630 South Broadway
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90014-1807

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Building History

On 07/04/1920, the Los Angeles Times reported that a 12-story office building with a new Orpheum Theatre would be erected at the intersection of Hill Street and Eighth Street. It was to have 235 feet of street frontage on Hill and 120 on 8th. and its cost was estimated to be $2,500,000. Referred to in 1929 as the "New Orpheum Building." An address of 846 South Broadway was given in the Los Angeles City Directory, 1929, p. 179, for the building.

Building Notes

Orpheum Theater opened 02/15/1926, seating 2,300; one source, (David Naylor, American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, [New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1981], p.217), indicated that the Orpheum seated 2,350. Gebhard and Winter, in their Los Angeles An Architectural Architecture Guide, (Salt Lake City: Gibbs-Smith, 1994, p. 236), have a date of 1911; they classified the Orpheum as a "French Second Empire theater." This venue was the last of four theatres in Los Angeles, CA, known as the "Orpheum."


Two painted wall panels by Anthony Heinsbergen were added in 1927;

PCAD id: 196