Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Feet First"

In the Harold Lloyd feature "Feet First" (Paramount, 1930) we get a look up Broadway toward the United Artists, between Olympic and 9th St. The trouble began at the Post Office in the now vanished Triangle Building just south of Olympic -- Harold arrived in town in a mailbag, you see.

More chaos with the United Artists in the distance:

See the Los Angeles Theatres pages on the United Artists Theatre for a history of the 1927 vintage theatre along with hundreds of photos.

Although all our high-rise stuff in "Feet First" is supposedly on the same building we also end up looking a bit farther north on Broadway with views of the Majestic Theatre at 845 S. Broadway:

Beyond the set that Harold is climbing on we see the Blackstone Building on the SW corner of 9th & Broadway, the Eastern Columbia Building (with construction just being completed), and the the Majestic Theatre with its vertical sign at 845 S. Broadway. At the extreme right is the 1929 addition to the Hamburger/May Co. Building with the original building beyond.

More shots showing the Majestic -- or a slice of it anyway:

See the page on the Majestic Theatre for more about that legit house, demolished in 1933. 

Somehow, in this same elaborate sequence that started on Broadway we end up in a building at 8th & Spring looking west at the Tower Theatre at 8th and Broadway:

Note the frames on the upper part of the Tower Theatre for signage (here seen empty) along the top of the 8th St. facade.

Another shot looking down on the Tower Theatre. 

A shot looking west on 8th taken from down a bit lower. The Tower is out the window with the Hamburger / May Co. Building beyond.

See the pages on the Tower Theatre on the los Angeles theatres site for more information and many photos. It opened in 1927, the first theatre design by the young architect S. Charles Lee.

Annette Lloyd has a short film on YouTube: "Harold Lloyd's LA Locations."

On IMDb: "Feet First"

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