Apple Tower Theater is an Apple Store in a historic Los Angeles Broadway theater in the Broadway Theater district of the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles. The building is Beaux-arts architecture with Baroque decors and styling.
Apple Tower Theatre building was originally designed by S. Charles Lee during Hollywood’s Golden Age who designed about 400 theaters between 1920-1950. He also design Los Angeles Theatre also on Broadway. This theater was is design in Beaux-Arts with Baroque Rival styling with Moorish, Spanish, French and Italian elements. This theater was considered to be very advanced high tech for its time and was wired for sound and had air conditioning. This theater showed talkies which were movies with sound. The air conditioning machine was an attraction and people would go to the basement to see the air conditioner. This theater has a capacity for 900 people. The project was restored by Norman Foster + Partners with Gruen Associates, LA Conservancy, Los Angeles of Historic Theater Foundation & Office of Historic Resources They had to work to remove all the additions to restore the theater to its original state. They have decipher old draws from UCLA which had parts that were never built and black and white photos so they did not know the color scheme. They had to do analysis of paint chips to find what the colors were. They had to do a lot of forensic work to figure out what the original state of the building. They rebuilt the clock tower that was damaged by earthquake. They did a very interesting synthesis of the old and new. This is the 3rd Broadway Theater to be revitalized for other uses. Realto Theatre is a Urban Outfitter store and United Artist Theater became the Ace Hotel.
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