Million Dollar Theater

Found at 307 Street Broadway, the Million Dollar Theater of Los Angeles, California is the first movie palace to be built in the United States. It dates back to 1918, when a collection of movies was shown to local residents. It is also the oldest in a long list of Broadway Theater District movie palaces that came into being in the early 1920s. Across from the Million Dollar Theater is the Bradbury Building, also part of the national landmark registry.

Sid Grauman was responsible for building the palace with a mixture of European architecture and brick. He was also part of the Egyptian and Chinese Theaters on Hollywood Boulevard. Joseph Mora created the elaborate ornamentations and statuses on the face of the building. Today the theater is a movie complex once again, though before 2006 it was a Spanish speaking church. Before 2008 it was an office complex and residential space. However, it was determined that a Spanish movie theater was needed, thus it is now a first run theater.

Other information on the Million Dollar Theater is that it was in Blade Runner, as one of the more prominent real buildings for the sci-fi thriller.

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