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Happy Unbirthday to the Biltmore Theatre

The Biltmore Theatre would have been 87 today. This jewel of a playhouse opened March 3, 1924 with souvenir brass tickets. It was part of the Erlanger circuit and a major venue for touring Broadway shows throughout its life.

The photo here of a proscenium box is from the California State Library collection. On their website: larger view

Sadly, it was demolished in the 1964 and was a parking lot for years before a tower addition to the hotel was built in the 80s.

I recently came across some construction photos in the Los Angeles Public Library collection that I hadn't seen before. You'll find links to them (and more) on the new Biltmore Theatre page that I've started.

2 comments:

  1. The tower addition to the hotel was not constructed until the 1980s.

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    1. Thanks, John. I've updated the post. You're right, of course. I did get that figured out later when seeing some photos of the lot as a parking lot. It was a sad loss for downtown.

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