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About the Tower Theatre

A hidden gem in downtown L.A.’s Broadway movie palace district, The Tower Theater is a perfect movie location. The first theater designed by renowned architect S. Charles Lee, the Tower opened in 1927 as the first movie palace in downtown wired for sound films, and was the sneak preview location for the Warner Brothers classic, The Jazz Singer (1927).

The Tower’s opulent exterior and interior feature French Renaissance motifs with lavish Spanish, Romanesque and Moorish influences. Designed specifically for film exhibition, the venue has a 6-foot-deep backstage and a thrust (horseshoe-shaped) stage large enough for a small group of live performers. In 1992 Warner Brothers was the first studio to use the Tower as a key location for their movie Mambo Kings. The main floor auditorium seats were permanently removed, leaving a flat, terraced nightclub-style dance floor. Despite its relatively compact size, the Tower has become a star as a popular film location.

The Tower is now available for all filming needs.

To book the Tower Theatre for an event, contact Event Programming at events@btgla.com or by phone at 213-488-2009.

Arrange a site visit today by contacting Manager Ed Baney at manager@losangelestheatre.com, or phone (213) 629-2939.

Facts about the Tower Theatre


  • October 12, 1927

  • S. Charles Lee

  • #450, declared August 16, 1989
    Protects all character-defining features of the interior and exterior. Learn More

  • Contributing structure to the Broadway Theater and Commercial District, listed May 9, 1979. Learn More