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Neon restored on historic theater in downtown Los Angeles June 26, 2014

Posted by Ron Warnick in Preservation, Signs, Theaters.
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The marquee of the historic Globe Theatre in downtown Los Angeles was relighted during a ceremony Tuesday night.

It reportedly was the first time in 30 years that the marquee has glowed.

The theater is on 740 S. Broadway in downtown L.A., which served as the western terminus of Route 66 until it was stretched to Santa Monica.

Here’s a countdown from the relighting:

KABC-TV also filed this report:

The Globe Theatre was built in 1913 — more than a decade before Route 66. It is scheduled to reopen later this year. Owner Erik Choi is in the middle of a $5 million renovation.


1. Randy cox - June 26, 2014

One of my passions is to document the original theaters of greater LA. I have taken many pix of theaters on Broadway and Hollywood blvd when they were open. I always wondered what the Globe theater and the Roxie would look like all lit up. Now I can with the Globe. Too bad the one-screen theaters are closing down. I really love their architecture and marquees that highlighted the old days of Hollywood. At least I got to see a movie in some of them and enjoy the ambiance. I, E, the Palace, the State, and the Orpheum. It’s good to see somebody care about them as much as I do.

ianacbowen - June 27, 2014

Thanks for spreading the word on this Ron!

Several of the preserved theaters (the Los Angeles, the Orpheum, the Million Dollar, the United Artists — to name a few) are reopened for classic film screenings each summer as part of the LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series. This year’s last show will be Citizen Kane, held this Saturday, June 28th at the Orpheum.

Also! Top photo seems to be one of mine. :)

I do not know what the long-term plan is for the Globe, because I have seen photos of the theatre itself (still under renovation as of the relighting ceremony), and the main theatre is still intact. I have heard that it may be used as a nightclub, but an intact theatre would not seem to be a layout conducive to that use.

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