Los Angeles Gems (35 images)
The heart of the Los Angeles Jewelry Mart is the old theater at 7th and Hill. That opened on August 17, 1920, as the Pantages Theatre, in the days when the Pantages circuit had moved to a format of vaudeville along with feature films. After Joseph P. Kennedy, the president's father, put RKO together in 1928 by merging Radio Corporation of America and the Keith Albee and Orpheum circuits, he tried to buy the place, but old man Pantages wouldn't sell. Kennedy arranged for old man Pantages to be...