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Warner Hollywood: main lobby


A 1928 look west toward the main stairs in the lobby of the Warner Hollywood. The doors out to Hollywood Blvd. are at the left. The stairs down to the basement lounge and the elevator are through the arches beyond the balcony stairs. The theatre was featured in a seven page article on "Warner Bros. New Theatre" in the December 1928 issue of Architect and Engineer.  It's on Internet Archive.



A narrower Keystone Studios shot looking toward the entrance arches from the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



The same view as in the photo above but with somewhat different lighting -- and a sculpture down near the lounge arches that's not in the LAPL shot. This one is from the July 14, 1928 issue of Motion Picture News. The Warner was featured in an article in the titled "Spanish Atmospheric Style Featured in Design of New Warner Theatre in Hollywood." It's on Internet Archive.



A closer look at the the house right set of main stairs to the balcony. These and the companion set out of the frame to the right head up to the mid balcony level lobby. The auditorium is off to our right.  It's a 1928 Mott Studios photo from view from the Mott-Merge Collection at the California State Library as part of their set #001386583. The photo is also in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



A detail of the arches
in front of the house right set of main stairs to the balcony from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The Keystone photo also appears in the article "Warner Bros. New Theatre" in the December 1928 issue of Architect and Engineer.



A look back from the west toward the main entrance doors, an area that was opened up during a 1961 remodel. The stairs down to the lounge are in that dark nook nearest us.  The photo appeared in the December 1928 issue of Architect and Engineer.



Back a bit farther west of the main entrance doors (beyond the elevator alcove and stairs to the downstairs lounge) we get the second main set of stairs up to the balcony. They go to the same landing as the first ones just inside the entrance and from there on up to the mid balcony lobby. The Keystone photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



At the far west end of the lobby we get doors out onto Wilcox Ave. (at left) and another set of stairs to the balcony -- to the lower crossaisle house left.  It's a Keystone photo in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.  Through those arches the lobby continues as the house left side aisle.



A view deeper into the area beyond the arches looking down the house left side aisle. It's a Los Angeles Public Library collection photo.



Turning around at the house left arches and looking back toward center. The stairs we see are the house left half of the two sets leading to the mid balcony lobby. The main Hollywood Blvd. entrance is farther around the curve to the left.  The doors at right lead into into the Wilcox entrance lobby.

Behind us the lobby wraps around the auditorium and turns into the house left side aisle.  It's a photo that appeared in the December 1928 issue of Architect and Engineer, part of an article titled "Warner Bros. New Theatre," available on Internet Archive.

The photo above also appears on page 122 of "American Theatres of Today" by R.W. Sexton and B. F. Betts, Architectural Book Publishing Co., New York. The two volumes were published in 1927 and 1930 and reprinted in one volume in 1977 and 1985 by the Vestal Press, New York. Theatre Historical Society also did a reprint in 2009. It's usually available on Amazon.



Around toward the east (house right) end of the lobby and we get this view of one of the two  secondary stairs to the balcony. This gets you to a little vestibule and then in to the lower crossaisle house right. That archway on the left of the photo is the extension of the lobby around to become the house right side aisle. The auditorium is off to our left. It's another 1928 Mott Studios photo from view from the Mott-Merge Collection at the California State Library as part of their set #001386583.



The lobby's wrap-around design can best be visualized in plan view. Note that the auditorium is placed diagonally on the site so coming in from Hollywood Blvd. you're not on the centerline of either the auditorium or the lobby. That's Hollywood Blvd. at the bottom, the second entrance on Wilcox Ave. at the left. The plan appeared in the December 1928 issue of Architect and Engineer, available on Internet Archive.



A look at the snackbar after the 1961 renovations done by Stanley-Warner. Cinerama historian
Roland Lataille
located the March 14, 1962 Motion Picture Herald article the photo appeared with.  See the Warner Theatre page on his site In Cinerama for lots more about the theatre's days as a Cinerama house.



A view toward the center of the lobby with the snackbar at the right. We're looking west with the auditorium off to the right. Hollywood Blvd. is through the two arches at the left of the photo.

We enter the lobby way off its centerline due to the diagonal placement of the auditorium. Beyond (with the 3 little arches sloping up) is the east main stair to the balcony. The 2 arches beyond lead to two stairways down to the basement lounge. The west main stair to the balcony is visible beyond. Photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation - c. 2009. Thanks, Don!

The LAHTF is actively involved in the study and preservation of the vintage theatres in the Los Angeles area. The group frequently supports events and offers tours of the buildings.



On the east (house right) side of the lobby -- looking back toward the main entrance. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Another view of the east stairs seen in the photo above.  This is one of two sets of secondary stairs that you to a small vestibule either house left or house right and then in to the balcony's lower crossaisle. The stairs farther around, on the auditorium's centerline, get you up to the mid balcony lobby instead.  Photo: Michelle Gerdes - LAHTF - 2013



At the east (house right) end of the lobby: a plaster detail near the secondary stairs to the balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Another look back from the east end of the lobby toward the entrance. It's a 2010 photo by Cinema Treasures contributor Hollywood 90038 that was once on the Cinema Treasures page about what they call the Pacific 1-2-3.



A detail of the ceiling plaster near the house right secondary stairs to the balcony.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


The peephole in the door to the door to the manager's office, under the house right stairs. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - LAHTF - 2013



Inside the manager's office house right. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - LAHTF - 2013



The side aisle house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Looking out toward Hollywood Blvd.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


A chandelier in the entrance vestibule. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



A view of the lobby from center toward the west side. The snack bar is out of the frame to the right. Beyond the arches at the center of the photo the lobby curves around along the house left side of the auditorium. Also note a stairway there leading up to the house left side of the balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Another view toward the west end of the lobby -- this time from up on the balcony stairs.  It's a 1992 photo by Berger Conser Architectural Photography from Anne Conser and Robert Berger's great book "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown."  It's available on Amazon. Robert Berger's website has a portfolio of 16 photos from "The Last Remaining Seats."

 

A great view of one of the lobby chandeliers. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - c.2009
 
 

The elevator to the basement lounge and the balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


The lobby from the west side looking back toward center.  The auditorium is at the left. The west main stairs to the balcony and arches leading to the basement lounge stairs are at the center of the photo. At the far right we see the railing for the west secondary stairs to the balcony. No, the welcome arrow pointing toward the balcony stairs doesn't mean you can go up --the upstairs theatres were off limits when the theatre was being used for church services.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Through the arches in the center of the photo above that are on the auditorium centerline: in the nook there's the elevator and the stairs down to the lounges.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012




A lobby wall sconce. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2013
 


Another view from the west toward the center of the lobby. The two arches at the center of the photo lead to the basement lounges.  The farthest arch you can see is the main entrance from Hollywood Blvd.  Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - c.2009.    Thanks, Don!



In the Wilcox Ave. exit vestibule: a look south at the ceiling. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



In the Wilcox Ave. exit vestibule: a ceiling beam stencil detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



In the Wilcox Ave. exit vestibule: a door panel detail.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



In the Wilcox Ave. exit vestibule: doors headed out onto the street. There was a second boxoffice on Wilcox so this area could also be used as an entrance.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A closer look at the exit sign and plaster work. Photo: Gary Simon - 2010



One of the chandeliers in the Wilcox Ave. exit vestibule. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



A house left lobby door detail. Photo: Gary Simon - 2010



Carol Burnett at the Warner. Photo: Gary Simon - 2010. Thanks, Gary! His three 2010 lobby photos seen here originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page. The occasion was a 50th anniversary celebration of the Walk of Fame. The event included open houses and tours at many Hollywood landmarks. Ms. Burnett used to be an usherette at the Warner -- her star is out front.



From the center looking toward the east end of the lobby. Hollywood Blvd. is off to the right. The doors at left go to the aisle left of center. Or continue straight ahead and you wrap around to the house right side of the auditorium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Into the lobby from the secondary stairs to the balcony on the house left.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2012




A bit higher on the secondary stairs to the balcony on the house left (west) side of the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012

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