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Main Street Gym

November 29, 2007 |  7:41 am

I dug out the old photos of the Main Street Gym and fired up the scanner at the Daily Mirror HQ.

 

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Photograph by Marilynn K. Yee / Los Angeles Times

Then I took a closer look at this picture from 1976.

Hm. What's this?

 

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And what's this?

Why that looks like an old theater.

 

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Hm. Look at this architectural detail.

The Main Street Gym was at 318 1/2 S. Main St. What theater would have been next door at 320 S. Main St.?

Aha, it's our old pal the Hippodrome!

But the Hippodrome was supposedly torn down in 1952 for a parking lot. I started wondering if the facade was saved for offices.

Then I noticed this about the interior of the Main Street Gym in another 1976 photo:

 

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Photograph by Marilynn K. Yee / Los Angeles Times

What's in the background? It looks like a small proscenium.

 

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Here's a detail. Look at the light sockets in the archway.

I wonder if the Main Street Gym was in some upstairs dance hall at what used to be the Hippodrome. If anyone can shed light on this little mystery, let me know...

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