When Cinerama got pulled out in 1961, the upstairs booth got a new installation of 35/70mm Norelco AAIIs, Ashcraft Super Cinex lamps, and an Ampex 6-4-1 sound system. Later new booths were built for a second Cinerama installation with the center booth at the rear of the house and the two side booths up on stilts. The center booth survived and later got equipped for 70mm with Century JJ2 machines.
When the theatre was triplexed in 1978 the upstairs booth was used once again -- this time for the two balcony theatres.
The Warner booth in 1928 or early 1929. It's a photo from the Motion Picture News issue of February 2, 1929. Theatre historian Kurt Wahlner notes that we have Standard Simplex projectors with Ashcraft model 600 lamps.
While we have soundheads for both sound-on-film as well as turntables for Vitaphone disc reproduction, they didn't use the earlier model Western Electric Univeral Base for this installation. The 1929 photo was part of an article, available on Internet Archive: "Do We Need Standards of Projection Booth Design? Well Rather!"
A lovely late 20s or early 30s view of the Warner's booth showing off their Western Electric amps and other gear. Thanks to John Conning at the website Moviemice for the photo.
In the upper balcony level lobby: the stairs up to the booth. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
The back wall of the booth. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
A view along the front wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
A front wall detail. The blue enclosures are Xetron house light dimmers added for the upstairs theatres. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
Behind the booth: motor for the lobby elevator. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
Behind the booth: ballast resistors. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
From the booth one can get out on the roof. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
On the roof looking southeast. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
The view down from the top of the vertical sign. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for the photo. Visit the Photos of Los Angeles page on Facebook that he curates.
From the upper balcony lobby house left we have access to the passageway toward the main ceiling cove. We're looking toward the proscenium. The cove wraps around the front and two sides of the auditorium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
We're following the main ceiling cove along house left. The wireway has receptacles for the 500W clear floods (here missing). It's a 4 color lighting scheme. White floods plus 100 W bulbs in the strip with red, blue, amber glass rondels. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
Main ceiling cove: out in space along house left. We're looking toward the proscenium. At the left we see the ornamental plaster once visible from balcony seats. On the right a wall added when the balcony was twinned. The screen and speaker area for the west theatre are behind the added wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
Main ceiling cove: a striplight detail as we turn to head along above the proscenium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
Main ceiling cove: the house right side of the proscenium. A slight change in elevation to continue around along the house right side of the auditorium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
Main ceiling cove: the access corridor house right. Nothing serious -- just a few hollow tile blocks knocked loose by the 1994 earthquake. The debris is from the wall that separates the side of the auditorium (at the rear) from the corridor forward to the ceiling lighting cove.On this side, access is via a door at the last row of seats house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012.
Attic house right rear of the auditorium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
Another house right rear attic view. The wood ladder is in the corridor to the lighting cove. Beyond are rooms off the mid balcony level lobby house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
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