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Old Posted Apr 17, 2015, 11:14 PM
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318-322 S Broadway

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post

Since we've been in the neighborhood recently... here is a house once across the street from the Stability/Edison/Million Dollar/Metropolitan Water District building. According to the USCDL, the house was Nathan Jacoby's restaurant ca. 1890; apparently the librarians think "res" in city directories refers to restaurant. According to the 1886-1887 CD, this was the residence of "N Jacoby" of Jacoby Brothers, who appear to have had a number of clothing and shoe stores. N Jacoby is listed at "318 S Fort"--which of course became Broadway.
That's a great shot of a very pretty house (with the perfect fence).

Unless street renumbering, or some such, has defeated me the site is now occupied by the handsome bones of the 1906-1907 Blackstone Building (formerly the Blackstone Dry-Goods Store), two doors down from the Bradbury. Once five stories tall (floors 4 and 5 were demolished in 1971), it was a movie theater for almost 50 years:


The 7/17/06 permit lists R B Young as architect, with P M Johnson as the builder for owner A P Johnson of Riverside. Architect A C Martin did many of the 1920s changes, but not the 1926 theater conversion.

The 1906 permit:


Taller days for the Blackstone in ca 1944, sporting all 5 of its original stories. (The Rindge and the Bradbury make a handsome pair on either side of W 3rd Street):


The Blackstone housed the 350-seat Cozy Theater. Here it is in a screengrab from 1950's "The Killer Who Stalked New York"
That's Evelyn Keyes up on the Bradbury threatening to jump:


The Cozy opened circa 1926-1927. Here it is in 1955. The cornice has been missing since 1950 (note the LA County Library signage):

bison archives

The Cozy in 1964 as backdrop to Lyndon Johnson campaigning in Los Angeles in an open car:

first posted by e_r (detail)

The Cozy Theater was renamed "Astro" in the 60s and closed in 1977. Architect Chas A Ham designed the change that year from the then-403-seat theater into a restaurant space (per permits):

cinema treasures

Thank you to Beaudry for the additional info.

Last edited by tovangar2; Jan 7, 2016 at 2:43 AM. Reason: add permit and another image
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