Crossroads of the World, Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, 1939.
View of Broadway looking north from Olympic Boulevard (then Tenth Street), circa 1929. The United Artists Theatre is visible on the left. In the distance behind it is future site of the Art Deco-style Eastern Columbia building, completed in 1930.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.
1:54 P.M, downtown L.A.: Pedestrians throng the sidewalks on both sides of Broadway in this north-facing view from Fifth Street, 1925.
Visitors to Chris Burden’s Urban Light may recognize the streetlamp in this photo - it was known as the “Broadway Rose.” They were originally installed downtown in 1920. They measured more than 26 feet high and weighed 8,000 pounds each.
L.A. rush hour, 1929 style?
Wilshire and Western on Feb. 10, 1929. Two years later, real estate developer Henry de Roulet, whose office is in the center of the photo, would build the Wiltern Theater and Pellisser Building at the intersection.
At the time, he called it one of the busiest corners in the world.
Photo: Los Angeles Times file