Tower Theatre

The Tower Theatre in located in Los Angeles, California at 802 South Broadway in the Broadway district in downtown Los Angeles. The Tower Theater was built in 1920's and designed by architect S. Charles Lee. The theater has a baroque style partially because of the aesthetic appeal but also because the theater owners wanted the Tower to be able to seat 1,000 people on a small lot. The interior was modeled after the Paris Opera House. The Tower opened in 1927 and its first showing was the silent film The Gingham Girl. Over the years the Tower Theater has been used in several Hollywood feature length films including Mambo Kings, Last Action Hero, and Coyote Ugly. The Tower has been deemed a Historical Cultural Landmark by the City of Los Angeles.

Due to its location the theater was abandoned and not used for several years as movie theaters moved to Hollywood boulevard. It has been used for a variety of events over the years including an evangelical church. The Tower remains largely intact in its original status. For the 1992 movie Mambo Kings, the main floor auditorium seats were permanently removed leaving extra space for filming needs. The theater is now available for all filming needs via a lease agreement.

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