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Pantages: recent auditorium views

6233 Hollywood Blvd.  Los Angeles 90028  | map |

Pages about the Pantages Theatre: Pantages overview | street views 1929 to 1954 | street views 1955 to present | ticket lobby | entrance vestibule | main lobby | main lounges | main floor inner lobby | balcony lobby and lounge areas | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | backstage | booth | support areas |


On the main floor: 


A peek into the auditorium from the main floor inner lobby. Thanks to Mike Hume for his 2016 photo. See the great Pantages Theatre section on his website for additional photos, technical data and more.



The side aisle house left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2017



The rear of the main floor as the carpet gets replaced in 2017. Thanks to the Pantages for the photo. It appeared with "Tearing it Up!," their blog post about the process.



A view across the middle of the main floor. Photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation - 2010. His photos seen here originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page to promote a  2010 "all-about" theatre tour. Thanks, Don!

The LAHTF is actively involved in the study and preservation of the vintage theatres in the L.A. area. The group frequently  supports events and offers tours of the buildings. www.lahtf.org | group Facebook page | official FB page



The main floor before a performance of "Motown: The Musical." Photo: Bill Counter - 2017



One of the balcony soffit fixtures. Photo: Mike Hume - 2015



Another soffit view. Thanks to Sandi Hemmerlein for her photo. It's one of many great views with "The Last of Pantages' Vaudeville Palaces," her 2017 Avoiding Regret photo essay.



A look at several of the balcony soffit fixtures from the website of Litemakers. The firm was the supplier of many of the lighting fixtures for the 2000 renovation project at the theatre.  You can get an idea of this company's other projects on their restoration page.  



The view across from the front as new carpet was being installed for a run of "Phantom of the Opera." Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF - 2010



A wide angle view from house left. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - 2015. The photo originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page. Thanks, Wendell!



A peek onto the stage during a 2016 open house for season subscribers. Thanks to Mike Hume for his photo, appearing as part of a set on the LAHTF Facebook page.



Exploring the house right side stage. Photo: Mike Hume - 2015



The treatment at the top of the house right side stage. Photo: Mike Hume - 2015



A view toward house left. Thanks to Mike Hume for his 2016 photo, featured in the Pantages Theatre section of his website.  You can also find his ongoing theatre photography work on the Facebook page Historic Theatre Photography.



The house left organ grille. Photo: Mike Hume - 2015



The plasterwork at top of the house left organ grille. Photo: Mike Hume - 2015



Plasterwork house left between the side stage and the organ grille. Photo: Mike Hume - 2015



A fine view of the asbestos from a March 2020 Broadway in Hollywood post on Instagram. The theatre was all ready for "Hamilton" with performances postponed due to the Coronavirus shutdown. A similar view of the curtain appeared with the theatre's 2016 blog post titled, "The Fire Curtain."



Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor Lomara for this look onto the stage. It's one of eight views on Noirish post #37599 taken during a 2016 open house for season subscribers.



A wonderful 2006 look at the back of the house from Christian Dionne's Theatres set on Flickr. You might want to go to Flickr for the hi-res version where you can pan around and look at details. Thanks, Christian! The photo can also be seen on the "Welcome to the 2703" post of the Pantages blog. 2703 is, of course, the answer to the frequent question "How many seats are in the theatre?"



A 2016 view into the house with the lighting truss a bit lower than we normally see it. Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor Lomara for the photo. It's one of eight views on Noirish post #37599 taken during an open house for season subscribers.



The main floor with the rear rows of seats removed for the recarpeting. The photo is one on "Tearing it Up!," the theatre's 2017 blog post about the recarpeting project.



An empty main floor in 2017. The photo is another that appeared with the "Tearing it Up!" Pantages blog post.



The vista up toward architect B. Marcus Priteca's elaborate ceiling. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2010

The ceiling, now always lit in blue, originally had several different color circuits. In addition, there were twinkling stars and cloud projectors to add to the illusion of an open sky. See the vintage auditorium views page for a bit of discussion and a photo of one of the original cloud projectors. 


Up in the balcony:


A view of the proscenium and the fire curtain taken during the 2000 restoration, a project headed by SPF Architects. Note the work going on over on the stage right sidestage. Thanks to Amy Higgins for the photo, one appearing on the AmyHiggins.com site's page about the Pantages Hollywood. Ms. Higgins did extensive restoration work on decorative finishes and other aspects of the project.
 


An uncredited photo posted by Graeme McBain on the Facebook page Theatre Architecture. Mike Hume commented: "FYI this photo is from roughly October 2000, just after the completion of a $10.8 million renovation by the Nederlander Organization. The post-renovation production was Disney’s “The Lion King”, which ran at the theatre until January 2003. Note the production’s musical instruments in the side stages."
 
 

Another photo taken during the 2000-2003 "Lion King" engagement. It's a Richard Glenn photo on the Pantages Hollywood page of the website of Amy Higgins. Another version of the photo appears in a set of seven 2000 vintage shots from Arcaid Images where it's credited to John Edward Linden. 
 


Across the house from the front of the balcony. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF - 2010



Thanks to Albert Domasin on Flickr for this luscious look at the proscenium and the fire curtain. Check out all 53 photos in his 2010 LAHTF Pantages Tour set.



A great proscenium detail taken from the balcony by Steve Shriver on Flickr. See the 57 terrific views in his Hollywood Pantages Theatre set. They were taken taken at the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation's 2010 "all about" tour.



A proscenium view from house right. Photo: Don Solosan - 2010
 


A sidewall detail house right. Photo: Mike Hume - 2015
 


A proscenium shot by Ben Catalan. It's a January 2016 photo he posted on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles. Thanks, Ben!
 


Thanks to the Pantages for this view from an upper sidewall alcove, appearing with their 2016 blog post "7 Reasons Why the Mezzanine is the Best!"
 


A house left view taken during a December 2016 open house for season subscribers. Thanks to Mike Hume for his photo, appearing as part of a set on the LAHTF Facebook page.



A 2017 look down at the main floor during the recarpeting project. The theatre's photo appeared with "Tearing it Up!," their blog post about the process.



A bit later in the recarpeting process. All the main floor seats were removed to allow replacement of the carpet between the rows. For more photos see "Tearing it Up!," their 2017 blog post.


More ceiling views: 


The amazing Pantages chandelier. Photo: Mike Hume - 2015. For more great photos of the theatres he's explored visit his Historic Theatre Photography site. And don't miss his page about the Pantages.



A chandelier shot from Ben Catalan. The 2016 photo appeared on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles



A 2006 chandelier detail by Ashley Collins on Flickr. Also by Ms. Collins: facade at duskstage view - "Foo Fighters" |



The ceiling near the proscenium. Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor Lomara for the photo appearing on Noirish post #37599.



Thanks to the Pantages for this ceiling detail, appearing with their 2016 blog post "7 Reasons Why the Mezzanine is the Best!"
 


Thanks to Ben Catalan for this great ceiling detail, a 2016 post on Photos of Los Angeles.



 A ceiling detail from the 2015 Pantages blog post "The Blue Ceiling and Beyond," an article that followed Howard Nugent up above the decorative plaster to the luminous blue dome above. At the time Mr. Nugent was master electrician at the theatre.



A shot of the auditorium chandelier taken following the 2000 Nederlander restoration. Thanks to scenic artist and restoration expert Amy Higgins for the photo. It's on her Pantages Hollywood page that details her work on the project. Her dazzling work with Evergreene Architectural Arts included plaster restoration, decorative painting and gold leaf work.



The auditorium scaffolded for the 2000 restoration with Amy Higgins at work on the ceiling.



A closer look at Ms. Higgins doing ceiling restoration work in 2000. 



Amy Higgins working on some deco details. See her Pantages Hollywood page for more photos of her work on the project. Thanks for the photos, Amy!


Above the ceiling:


A look down into the balcony seats from up above. It's a photo with the Pantages blog's 2015 post "The Blue Ceiling and Beyond."



A bit of the main chandelier as seen from above the ceiling plasterwork. See the 2015 Pantages post "The Blue Ceiling and Beyond" for 5 more great photos.



Up in the ceiling structure: a look across the abyss with the main chandelier over on the right. Photo: Howard Nugent collection



The chandelier in the center of the auditorium's ceiling was the subject of "The Grand Chandelier," an August 2015 post on the theatre's blog. This photo, one of 7 in the post, is by Howard Nugent, former head electrician at the theatre. Down below, we're looking toward the stage.



Another Howard Nugent photo appearing in the Pantages blog post of "The Grand Chandelier," this time looking out over the edge toward the house right organ grille area.



A lovely view by Mr. Nugent looking out from the center toward some deco ceiling ornament. Thanks, Howard!  See the Pantages blog post on "The Grand Chandelier" for 4 more photos as well as a nice commentary.



An amazing peek down into the Pantages chandelier. Here the chandelier is relamped by climbing down inside it rather than lowering it by a winch, the more standard design. Thanks to Howard Nugent for the photo.



In the attic looking down through the access hole toward the chandelier. Photo: Howard Nugent - 2013



Part way down. Photo: Howard Nugent - 2013



The view from the chandelier back up toward the attic access hole. Photo: Howard Nugent - 2013. Thanks, Howard!

Pages about the Pantages Theatre:
| Pantages overview | street views 1929 to 1954 | street views 1955 to present | ticket lobby | entrance vestibule | main lobby | main lounges | main floor inner lobby | balcony lobby and lounge areas | vintage auditorium views | back to top - recent auditorium views | backstage | booth | support areas |

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