Roxie Theatre | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Roxie Theatre

The Roxie Theatre was the last theatre built on Broadway. The Roxie, noted for its stepped roofline, tower, decorative chevrons, and highly stylized geometric forms, was the only theatre downtown built in the Art Deco architectural style.

The theatre originally seated 1600 guests, and the auditorium’s long, narrow configuration was designed to make use of amplified sound.

The Roxie was designed for film presentation, rather than stage shows. Yet the theatre was equipped with a small stage, fly space, and full rigging, making it one of the last film houses constructed in Los Angeles with a full working stage.

The elaborate, plaster proscenium is the most prominent interior highlight, while the sidewalk at the theatre’s entryway features a terrazzo sunburst – a popular design motif of the early Art Deco era. '

The lobby was converted to retail use in the late 1980s, which caused the removal of the theatre’s ticket booth. The auditorium, however, remains intact, but is disrepair due to water damage and disuse.

Photo courtesy of Berger/Conser Photography

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This opulent theatre and twelve-story office building opened in 1926 as the fourth and final home of the famed Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

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