|Chandelier in the Pantages Theatre|
- The Westwood Crest Theatre, opened in 1940 and was designed by Arthur W. Hawes. The theater first opened as a live theatre and is also known as the Magestic Crest Theatre. Currently it operates as a movie theatre and before the movie begins, a falling star shoots across the ceiling, bursting onto the screen as the curtains open (it's worth going to see any movie here just for that falling star).
- The Pantages Theatre, opened in 1930 and was designed by B. Marcus Priteca. Originally the theatre showed movies as well as live Vaudeville acts. In 1949 Howard Hughes acquired the theatre and had his personal offices on the second floor.
- The Egyptian Theatre, opened in 1922 and was designed by architects Meyer and Holler. Originally the theatre was supposed to have a Spanish theme, but at some point this was changed to Egyptian because of all the hype in the world over King Tutankhamun's tomb (you can still see this Spanish influence in the roof pans, which have a tiled effect). The theatre was the location of the first ever Hollywood movie premiere.
- The El Rey Theatre, opened in 1936 and was designed by Clifford A. Balch. Originally it was opened as a movie house, but it currently serves as a music venue, although it can be booked for private events (I would love to have an event here!). In the 1980's and 90's it operated as a nightclub called 'Wall Street'. I wonder if the Douglas/Sheen movie Wall Street (Twentieth Century Fox, 1987) had anything to do with that? In any case, I saw the sequel last weekend, and in my opinion it's worth a look.
- The Hollywood Palladium Theatre, opened in 1940 and was designed by Gordon Kaufmann. Kaufmann also designed the Santa Anita Racetrack and the Los Angeles Times building. The Palladium opened in the Fall of 1940 with a dinner and live music by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (admission was $1 and dinner was $3). Over the years it has hosted charity balls, auto shows, political events and radio broadcasts. It currently operates as a concert venue.
- The El Capitan Theatre, opened in 1926 and was designed by the firm Morgan, Walls and Clements. For the first decade of operations the theatre was a venue for live productions. In 1941 Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (RKO Radio Pictures, 1941) was premiered after Welles couldn't find a theatre that would be willing to show the film.
- The Music Box Theatre, opened in 1926 and was designed by the firm Morgan, Walls and Clements. It has also been known as the Fox, the Henry Fonda Theatre, and the Pix. It originally opened for revues in the style of Ziegfield, but when this didn't work out it was the stage for many live productions, including the play Chicago featuring Clark Gable in 1927 (perhaps the picture below from the LIFE Photo Archive was taken sometime that year).
|Photograph: AMER(USA) Hollywood; LIFE Photo Archive|