Coliseum Theater

B. Marcus Priteca

The corner entrance

This theater, the area's first major motion picture palace designed solely to show film, is now renovated for use as a Banana Republic. The REnaissance Revival facade is terra cotta. originally there was a half-dome at the corner then a neon marquee, and now a canopy with windows above that. The elegant theater with 1700 seats was successful until the 1980s.

Terra cotta decoration

The opulent theater has faux-classical details: bulls' heads, grotesques, classical urns, and fruit and floral swags and festoons.

The engraved name

The name of the theater is emblazoned under the cornice.

The grand cornice


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