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Pantages: recent auditorium views


The amazing Pantages chandelier. Thanks to Mike Hume for this 2015 photo and others appearing here. Many Pantages views are in his Theatre set on Flickr. For more treats visit the Historic Theatre Photography section of his website.



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



The main floor with the rear rows of seats removed for the recarpeting. The photo is one on "Tearing it Up!" on the Pantages blog.



An empty main floor in 2017.  The photo appeared with "Tearing it Up!," the theatre's 2017 blog post about the recarpeting project. 



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.



A wonderful 2006 look at the back of the house from Christian Dionne's Theatres set on Flickr.  You can, of course click on the image here for a larger view but 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 peek onto the stage during the 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 view from house right. 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.
 


A dazzling wide angle look to the rear. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - 2015. The photo originally appeared on the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation group Facebook page. Thanks, Wendell!

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



A lovely view of the asbestos thanks to the Pantages Theatre. It appeared on their 2016 blog post titled, appropriately enough, "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 proscenium detail by Noirish Los Angeles contributor Lomara 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 2015 Pantages blog post "The Blue Ceiling and Beyond" 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 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.



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
 


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 across the middle of the main floor. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2010. Thanks, Don!



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



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



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



A nice 2006 cell phone ceiling view from the main floor by Craig Black on Flickr.



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 is one of 7 in the post. It's 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. Before his retirement he was the master electrician at the Pantages.



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!



A 2017 look down at the empty 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.



A balcony view taken during the 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 balcony level sidewall detail. Photo: Mike Hume - 2015



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



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



A proscenium view from the balcony. Photo: Don Solosan - 2010. Don's photos seen here originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page to promote the organization's August 2010 "all-about" theatre tour.  Thanks, Don!



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

More auditorium photos from the LAHTF: across the main floor - Don Solosan - 2010 | auditorium ceiling - 2013 - Stephen Russo |


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.



The chandelier as viewed from the balcony. It's a 2016 Ben Catalan photo on Photos of Los Angeles



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



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 2000 restoration: 



A great shot of the auditorium chandelier taken following the 2000 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.



A view of the Pantages proscenium with the fire curtain down during the 2000 restoration. Note the work going on over on the stage right sidestage.  It's from the AmyHiggins.com page about the Pantages Hollywood.



A balcony view following the 2000 restoration It's a Richard Glenn photo on the Pantages Hollywood page of Amy Higgins' website.  Another version of the photo appears in a set of seven from Arcaid Images taken to document the 2000 restoration of the Pantages by SPF Architects. There it's credited to John Edward Linden.



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 auditorium scaffolded for the 2000 restoration with Amy Higgins at work on the ceiling. See her Pantages Hollywood page for more views of the work she did.



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



Amy Higgins working on some deco details. Her dazzling work on the 2000 Nederlander renovation of the theatre while working with Evergreene Architectural Arts included plaster restoration, decorative painting and gold leaf work. See her Pantages Hollywood page for more photos of her work on the project.  Thanks for the photos, Amy!

Pages on the Pantages:
| 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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