AKA: President Theater, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA; Globe Theatre, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Morgan, Walls and Morgan, Associated Architects and Engineers (firm); Rosenheim, Alfred Faist, FAIA, Architect (firm); Octavius Weller Morgan Sr. (architect); Octavius Morgan (architect); Alfred Faist Rosenheim (architect); John A. Walls (architect)

Dates: constructed 1913

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744 South Broadway
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2802

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Building History

Prolific Los Angeles architect Alfred F. Rosenheim (1859-1943) served as the designer for the theatre interior. Impresario, Oliver Morosco (1875-1945), the first owner of the Morosco Theatre, first featured stage shows, not nickelodeon entertainment. Shortly after it opened in 1913, the Morosco Theatre was considered one of Los Angeles's most elegant venues. Morosco also owned the Burbank and Majestic Theatres in Los Angeles, CA. His eponymously named theatre, like most 20th century theatres, had a number of names over the years changed by different owners. These include the Morosco (for the first two decades of its existence), the President (during the 1930s), the Newsreel (during the 1940s, before that name was transferred to the Tower Theatre) and, finally, the Globe.

Building Notes

This theatre seated 1,303. Also known as the Newsreel Theatre #1. David Gebhard and Robert Winter, in their Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, (Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs-Smith Publisher, 1994, p. 236), dated the Globe Theatre to 1921.

PCAD id: 6924