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Grauman's Chinese: upstairs boxes and offices


A view up the stairs to the booth, the offices, and the two private box areas. The stairs are on the south side of the lobby, inside the doorway leading down to the men's room. At the landing you see here, take a right and you're headed to the house right private box. Photo: Michelle Gerdes on Flickr - 2012



The corridor behind the booth looking west -- the booth is behind the wall on the right. See the page on the projection booth for photos. The stairs up from the lobby are behind us and off to the left.  Back up a bit and take a right to get to the booth entrance and the house right private box. A left down at the end of the corridor will get you to Sid Grauman's office.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Another view of the corridor behind the booth. Photo: Michelle Gerdes on Flickr - 2012



A sign directing us to one of the private boxes that flank the booth. Photo: Escott O. Norton - Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Facebook page - March 2015



The auditorium from the house right box after the Imax renovations. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - September 2013. Thanks Wendell!



The view with the curtain open. The new screen is 46' x 94.' Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - September 2013



A closer view of the cleaned and relamped chandelier.  Thanks to Stephen Russo for his September 2013 photo, one that originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page.



The auditorium from the house right box during the Imax renovations. Note the peek we get through the steel studs at what's left of the trap room. Over on the left of the photo you can see the height of the stage compared to that of the new auditorium floor. Photo: Bob Freeman - Curbed L.A. - July 2013

Bob's photo appears with Adrian Glick Kudler's fine Curbed L.A. article "Inside the Chinese Theatre's 1st Big Makeover in 85 Years." Also on Curbed see an April 30, 2013 story "Touring the Chinese Before it Closes" by Mr. Kudler. It's accompanied by 33 terrific photos by Elizabeth Daniels. Included in the photo gallery are views of the upstairs hallway, the booth, private boxes and Sid Grauman's office.



A wonderful pre-renovation view toward the screen from the house right box. The occasion was a 2013 Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation tour of the building. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - April 2013



The view toward the sidewall out of the house left box. The boxes were created in the 50s. Prior to that time, the area was not open to the auditorium. In early photos note that there's statuary and drapes in all four openings. The extreme left and right areas are still just drapes up against a solid wall behind. Photo: Michelle Gerdes on Flickr - 2012



The rear of the sidewall house left. Photo: Michelle Gerdes on Flickr - 2012



The view across from the house left box. Thanks to Michelle for her 2012 photos. For more views see the Chinese Theatre set that she has on Flickr.



The rear of the sidewall house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



From the house right box looking across the front of the booth toward the house left wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The floodlights adjacent to the house right box. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The ceiling "doily" as viewed from one of the private boxes. It's a pre-Imax renovation view. Photo: Stephen Russo - LAHTF Facebook page - 2013



The frosted glass windows in Sid's office. These are the windows looking onto the forecourt on the west side of the theatre entrance. Photo: Stephen Russo - LAHTF Facebook page - 2012



The office is L-shaped. These are the windows facing west. In the corridor outside the office, there's a set of stairs leading down to the west side of the forecourt. Photo: Stephen Russo - LAHTF Facebook page - 2012

Stephen Stanton notes: "Stephen Russo's photo of the etched windows shows a picture on the wall from May 1984 when Steven Spielberg & George Lucas put their hand & footprints in the forecourt. I was there that day and am fairly certain the man in the photo pressing on Steven's foot is District Manager Alan Bamossy -- who actually worked out of Sid's office in the 1980s."



 Another office window view. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The desk in the office -- obviously not the one Sid used. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Sid Grauman's office window. Photo: Stephen Stanton - 1981 

Thanks to actor Stephen Stanton for the use of his photos from his site stephenstanton.com. He was a manager at the theatre in the early 80s. Check out his Chinese Theatre pages for many more shots he took while working at the theatre.



An office corner detail. Photo: Stephen Stanton - 1981



An office wall detail - Stephen Stanton - 1981. Head to his website for many more photos on his Chinese Theatre pages.  Thanks, Stephen!



The corridor outside Sid Grauman's office. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 

 
The stairs heading from the office down to the west side of the forecourt. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The windows of Sid's office as seen from the forecourt. Thanks to Kimberly Reiss for her 2012 photo on the LAHTF Facebook page.

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