Sid Grauman’s first two theatres were both destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. But, he had a dream that would not fade. A dream that took him South.
He would build one of the first movie palaces in the United States, and the first on the West Coast.
“The Silent Man” became the first film shown on Broadway in Los Angeles. Cecil B. DeMille, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle were among those in attendance for the dawn of a new era.
It was the grand opening of Million Dollar Theatre.
The year was 1918.
Photo from the Los Angeles Public Library