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 inner lobby. Thanks to Mike Hume for his 2016 photo. See the great Pantages Theatre page on his Historic Theatre Photography website for additional photos, technical data and more.
A view toward house left. Thanks to Mike Hume for this 2016 photo from the Pantages Theatre page of his website. You can also find his ongoing theatre photography work on the Historic Theatre Photography Facebook page.
A look onto the stage during a 2016 open house for season subscribers. Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor Lomara for the photo, one of eight views on Noirish post #37599.
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."
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 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.
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.
Thanks to Albert Domasin for this luscious look at the proscenium and the fire curtain. Check out all 53 photos in his 2010 LAHTF Pantages Tour set on Flickr.
A great proscenium detail taken from the balcony by Steve Shriver. See the 57 terrific views in his Hollywood Pantages Theatre set on Flickr. They were taken taken at the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation's 2010 "all about" tour.
A shot by Ben Catalan. It's a January 2016 photo he posted on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles. Thanks, Ben!
A 2017 look down 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 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.
Above the ceiling:
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.
Part way down. Photo: Howard Nugent - 2013
Pages about the Pantages Theatre:
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