Downtown hipsters know the spot at 1st Street and Broadway as a big hole in the ground, where construction seems to be getting underway. More mature Angelenos may recall the 1950s Cold War monstrosity that was demolished after being damaged in the Northridge earthquake.
Prior to that, however, one of the buildings that occupied the southwest corner of the intersection was the Mason Opera House. Here’s a program from the Mason, dated 1913. It’s priced at $49, which is more than I would pay (I have a couple of programs), but they are interesting old curious.
Here’s a YouTube film I did on the Mason in 2006 for the 1947project. Unfortunately, since YouTube was acquired by Google, the video has been stretched so the aspect ratio is wrong.