The theatre got a remodel in 1961 after a long run as a Cinerama house. Work included new seating, draping the proscenium and a new, more modern look for the lobby areas. Here's how the lounge appeared after the re-do. Cinerama historian Roland Lataille located the photo as part of a March 14, 1962 Motion Picture Herald article about the Warner's makeover. See his In Cinerama site's Warner Theatre page for the full article.
Looking down down the east stairs toward the men's room side of the lounge. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
A downstairs lounge view. Here some of it was partitioned off as a play area for kids when the building was being used for church services. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
A more open view. We're looking west. The ladies room and nursery are at the far end, the men's room behind us. Off to the left is the elevator. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
A look to the left if you're facing the ladies room, toward the south wall. Thanks to Gary Simon for his 2010 photo. His lounge photo set originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page.
The lounge ceiling. Photo: Gary Simon - 2010
Another ceiling shot -- this time they had the center fixture turned on. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2013
The north wall fireplace. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2013
A closer look at the fireplace. Photo: Gary Simon - 2010
A detail of the ceiling out in front of the elevator nook. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2013
A lounge ceiling fixture. Thanks to Irwin Fletcher for his 2006 photo, part of his Warner Theatre set on Flickr.
Another ceiling fixture view. Photo: Irwin Fletcher - 2006. Thanks again, Irwin!
The nook for the elevator on the lounge's south wall. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2013
From a vestibule near the east stairs, a peek into the men's room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
The men's toilet area. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
From the men's toilet area looking toward the doorway back out to the lounge. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
Warner Bros. cartoon characters, perhaps from the 40s, on the walls of the nursery at the west end of the lounge. Thanks to Gary Simon for his 2010 photo. It originally appeared on the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Facebook page. Head to this one and you can page through three more nursery views.
The ladies makeup room. That's our intrepid theatre adventurer Michelle Gerdes in the mirror. She was exploring on the last day the church group using the theatre was having services, June 30, 2013. The doorway we see in the mirror looks out toward the main lounge area.
Looking up the west stairs to the main lobby level from the ladies room side of the lounge. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2013. Thanks, Michelle!
The bottom of the east stairs near the men's end of the lounge. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
The top of the east stairs -- looking out into the main lobby. There are two sets of stairs going down -- straight across beyond that table is the set that gets you down to the ladies room end of the main basement space. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
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