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Criterion Theatre (Demolished)

The Kinema Theatre opened in 1917 with a Cecil B. DeMille photoplay titled "The Woman God Forgot."

In 1923, the building was gutted, rebuilt in a Byzantine style to seat over 1,800, and renamed the Criterion (the Fox chain took it over soon thereafter). In the 1930s, it was remodeled and renamed again as the Grand International.

Despite its location, about four blocks from the bustling Broadway theatre district, the International had a reputation as a bellwether for success. If a movie failed there, it generally failed everywhere.

It was razed in 1941 to make way for a parking lot.

Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Pantages Theatre

The 1930 Pantages Theatre can hold claim to two “lasts”: the last movie palace to be built in Hollywood and the last venue erected by vaudeville circuit owner, Alexander Pantages. Designed by B. Marcus Priteca at the epitome of the Art Deco era, from sidewalk to stage, the Pantages dazzles theater-goers with chevrons, zigzags, starbrusts, and exotic figures.
Photo courtesy Heritage Housing Partners

Herkimer Arms

Built in 1912 as an eight-unit dwelling, the Herkimer Arms is the only surviving apartment building by master architects Charles and Henry Greene, and one of their few buildings with a gunite exterior.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Breed Street Shul

Reminiscent of Eastern European synagogues, the Breed Street Shul was the religious and cultural anchor of the Eastside's early Jewish community.