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Inside the Venice Auditorium

No, I'm not talking about the Fox Venice, although I have put together a page on that one in case you're interested.

This is a bit earlier. Built 1905 and burned in 1920. It was way out on the Venice Pier, along with the Ship restaurant and hotel. There have been oodles of exterior views published (and many postcards) but interior shots have been scarce.

I've had one tinted postcard view from the Jeffrey Stanton collection on the Venice Theatres page but it shows the room set up with tables and chairs.

So I was happy when Cezar Del Valle recently added the view you see here. We're actually set up with theatre seats with a show on stage. The theatre was huge -- seating capacity was reported to be 3,000. And they occasionally ran movies, including "Birth of a Nation," which drew thousands.

Check out the listing for the Venice Auditorium on the Venice and Ocean Park Theatres page for other views. Not to mention information on other Venice area theatres.

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