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Warner Hollywood: recent auditorium views


A detail of the plasterwork at the Warner just downstage of the proscenium arch. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



 A closer look at plasterwork near the proscenium house left.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A view toward the screen from the rear of the Warner Hollywood auditorium during its time in use for church services.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Across the front of the main floor. The ceiling area in front of the balcony, as viewed from the main floor, is just a black void. It's a sloping construction extending out in front of the balcony rail to provide space for the screens of the two smaller auditoria in the balcony. It sweeps upward
 to a point above the proscenium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Thanks to Ken Roe for this 2005 view across the front of the main floor. The photo is one from his Pacific Hollywood set on Flickr.  



A view up toward the organ grille area house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The organ grille area house left.The pink thing at left in the photo above is the now simplified look of the balcony soffit. At the top right of the photo we get the black ceiling that's the underside of the screen area for the two upstairs theatres.

Hanging in front of the organ grille area is a red valance that gives you an idea of how far the traveler once extended -- around to the front of the balcony. There's a tiny bit of the (smaller) screen that's currently installed. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A sidewall detail house left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



The view across the auditorium toward house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



At the front of the main floor looking up. At the right, the pink area is the underside of the balcony. The black is the area extended forward from the balcony rail to provide a screen area for the two upstairs theatres. At the upper left we see the track and valance for the main floor theatre's curtain. photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



The front of the main floor. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



Along the sidewall house left toward the rear of the main floor. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A sidewall view at the rear of the main floor house right. Thanks to the Friends of the Hollywood Pacific Theatre Facebook page for the photo.



 Another look toward the stage. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Back toward the booth on the main floor. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Thanks to Ken Roe for this look to the rear of the main floor in 2005. It's one from his Pacific Hollywood set on Flickr.  



The balcony soffit art glass. Thanks to Ken Roe for this look to the rear of the main floor in 2005. It's one from his Pacific Hollywood set on Flickr.  



Another view of the balcony soffit art glass. Thanks to Bob Meza for his 2003 photo, appearing on the Cinema Tour page for the Hollywood Pacific.      



At the rear of the main floor house right -- a balcony soffit plaster detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



The house left rear corner of the main floor. That's the booth entrance door on the left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



A detail of one of the chandeliers at the rear of the main floor. Thanks to Irwin Fletcher. It's one of six photos in his 2007 Hollywood Pacific set on Flickr. 



At the rear of the main floor in 2010, a photo by Cinema Treasures contributor Hollywood 90038. It was once on the site's page for what they call the Pacific 1-2-3 but seems to have vanished from that photo collection.



A photo by William Kallay of the front of the draped main floor auditorium taken when the theatre was being used as a test venue for early digital projectors. Thanks to From Script To DVD, a site curated by Michael Coate and William Kallay, for the photo. It's on their Warner Hollywood page where you'll also find many more photos of the theatre.
 


 Inside the main floor booth. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2013



The backwall of the main floor booth. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2013. Thanks, Michelle!  See the booth and attic section for views of the original projection booth upstairs.



The lobby wraps around the oval auditorium and turns into the the side aisles. Here we're house right looking up toward the main part of the lobby. The exits at the left go out into an open exit passageway along the east side of the building.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A house right side aisle plaster detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A side aisle light fixture. Thanks to the Friends of the Hollywood Pacific Theatre Facebook page for the photo. 



In the balcony: looking toward the rear from the house left vomitory on the mid-balcony crossaisle. The draped wall at the left of the photo is one installed in 1978 when the balcony was walled off from the main floor and turned into two separate theatres.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



In the balcony: looking up at the rear of the balcony from from the lower crossaisle house left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012

The balcony can be accessed from three different levels. The two lower exits (such as the one just out of the frame to the right) go to small vestibules and then down to the house right and left ends of the main lobby. The mid-balcony lobby serves as access for both the exits at the ends of the crossaisles (here seen halfway up the right edge of the photo) as well as the three viomitories in the middle of the balcony. The exits at the top of the aisles go out to an upper balcony lobby. 



In the balcony: the mid-balcony vomitory house left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: the end of the crossaisle house left. This exit and the three mid-balcony crossaisle vomitories all lead out to the mid-balcony level lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: the house right rear section ceiling view. The draped wall at the right divides the two balcony theatres. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: the house right side. The lower exit gets you to the mid balcony lobby.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



In the balcony: another look toward the rear house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: house right rear chandelier detail. We're looking forward from the rear of the house toward the beginning of the skydome just beyond the pink drop-down hiding the original decorative arch. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: looking at the decorative arch at the rear house right. That's the auditorium sidewall at the right.  The greenish plaster area is the cove lit skydome. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



In the balcony: a bit of hollow tile wall damage at the rear of the auditorium house right. Beyond, we're looking into the attic space east of the projection booth. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: looking forward at the beginning of the main ceiling cove house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: a ceiling moulding detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: an exit sign at the top of an aisle house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: looking along the house left colonnade toward the rear of the house. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



In the balcony: looking along the house left colonnade toward the screen. The red T-bar ceiling below the original sky dome was installed during the triplexing by Pacific Theatres.  Previous operator Stanley-Warner had done an earlier suspended ceiling configuration down at a lower level when the  house was still a single screen Cinerama venue.

Above the top of the decorative plaster are strip lights and floods in a cove to illuminate the "sky" ceiling. Evidently no stars -- but there were cloud machines. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



In the balcony: the rear end of the main ceiling cove on the house left wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



In the balcony: a conquistador on the house left wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: a house left wall detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012  
 


In the balcony: the house right wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The house right wall. Thanks to Irwin Fletcher for his 2007 photo. His Hollywood Pacific set on Flickr includes also includes some lobby ceiling details.



A view down from the top of the house right balcony theatre. Again thanks to Irwin Fletcher. It's one of six photos in his 2007 Hollywood Pacific set on Flickr.


In the balcony: another look at an arch along the house left wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: a house right wall detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012

 

In the balcony: a house left wall exit sign. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: decorative plaster above the dropped ceiling along the house right wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012

 

In the balcony: a Spanish maiden on the wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012

 

In the balcony: the screen area in the house left theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012

 

In the balcony: the west wall in the house right theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: seating in the house right theatre. The house left theatre has older Heywood-Wakefield seats from the 40s or 50s.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012

 

In the balcony: a sidewall detail near the screen house left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012

 

In the balcony: the house left wall. We're behind the curtains in the house left theatre, looking up at the west end of the curtain track. And to the right of the arch notice there's a set of cove lights.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



In the balcony: the sidewall in the house left theatre. The original balcony rail is visible in front of the front row of seats. An area has been built out beyond that to allow space for the draperies, screen and speakers. The exit we see goes out into a small vestibule and then to stairs down to the house left side of the main lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: in front of the balcony rail in the house right theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: the sidewall near the screen in the house left theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: a detail of the house right wall just behind the balcony rail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: around the east end of the screen in the house right theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


In the balcony: behind the screen in the house right theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
  


In the balcony: behind the east end of the screen in the house right theatre. The seating area is behind us. All that pink is left over from the Cinerama paint job the theatre got (when it was still a single screen). In the upper left is the edge of the screen frame.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012


In the balcony: backstage in the house right theatre looking up along the side wall toward the house right end of the curtain track. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 

Almost a real atmospheric:

Hillsman Wright, of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, notes that the Warner Hollywood is as close as Los Angeles got to having an atmospheric theatre -- even if there were no stars in the ceiling. Yes, there were cloud machines -- 4 of them.

The house in the early 70s:
On Cinema Treasures Stephen Adams, assistant manager under Managing Director Jack Tate between 1971 and 1973, notes: "At that time, the Cinerama installed drapes and suspended ceiling were still in place, along with three projection booths on the main floor. Behind the drapes and lowered ceiling, the theatre’s 4/28 Marr and Colton theatre organ was still installed, although it barely operated.

Originally, the house was equipped with a seating monitor. Cinerama replaced all seats in the newly-draped house, and removed the ornate display board located in the former entry vestibule to a basement storage room.

In the 1970s the Hollywood Pacific was a first run house, and often a hard ticket 'road show' showcase. The theatre was maintained beautifully, and watched carefully by a stagehand, engineer, and full theatre staff.

Pacific Theatres' home office was then located on the third floor where Warner Brothers Theatres offices were located. A viewing box at the rear of the balcony could be accessed from these offices, though in 1972 it was well above the suspended ceiling installed in the latter-day Cinerama era."

Current draping:
The orange drapes in the main floor and balcony auditoria date from the Pacific Theatres 1978 remodeling as does the current configuration of the main floor projection booth.

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