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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.


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

    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.