Million Dollar Theater

307 S. Broadway

The Million Dollar Theater was designed by William Lee Woolett and opened February 1, 1918 at a cost of, yes, one million dollars. It is one of many theaters in downtown which were built to feature the growing motion picture industry of the "Silent Camera." The theater is in an office building which originally housed the Edison Company and later the Metropolitan Water District. Beginning in the early 1950s the theater became the first venue on Broadway for Mexican-origin entertainers and audiences. A major remodelling of the building has just been completed: the theater is now available to host special events and the upper floors are offices and residences. Nicolas Cage owns the penthouse suites, one of which includes the former office of William Mulholland, the father of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

PHOTOS: J. Mapes; G. Rein; 1920s postcard