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Carthay Circle Theatre: interior views

6316 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035  | map | 

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The lobby wrapping around the rear of the main floor. It's a 1926 Mott Studios photo in the California State Library collection. All ten of the Library's interior views are cataloged as set #001384380.



A later lobby view after the addition of a bit of merchandising. Thanks to Kenny Adamson for the photo from his collection, a post on the Facebook page The Streamline Moderne Era.



The balcony lobby. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



The rotunda upstairs -- in the area underneath the tower. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



The balcony lobby a bit later. The stairs at the right go down to the main floor. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library - 1942



Another balcony lobby view. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library - 1942



The sculpture in the rotunda. Her nickname was "California Sunshine." Photo: Los Angeles Public Library - 1962



A main floor view. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926. The Los Angeles Public Library also has a copy.



The proscenium with a bonus look at the grand drape. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library - 1926



The organ grille area house right. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



The house left organ grille. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



A closer view of the mural in front of the house left organ chamber. The organ chamber murals as well as the asbestos were by Frank Tenney Johnson. The photo appeared with a four page article in the November 1928 issue of Architect and Engineer. It's on Internet Archive.



A rare view from the stage to the rear of the house. Thanks to Bill Housos for the photo from his collection. He notes that he purchased it decades ago from the Theatre Historical Society.



The balcony soffit and seating near the rear of the main floor. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



A ceiling view. Those are the booth ports at the bottom of the image. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



A later look at the ceiling. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library - 1942



A balcony view c.1926. Thanks to Bill Housos for the photo from his collection. It was a purchase from the Theatre Historical Society. The Padilla Co. photo had appeared with a four page article in the November 1928 issue of Architect and Engineer. It's on Internet Archive.

The article notes that the inspiration for the ceiling was a Moorish textile pattern. The seats "are of a new design, exceptionally comfortable and covered with black and taupe velour with piping of orange velvet."

The proscenium is intentionally simple right near the arch and "the ornament is kept well away from the opening and the stage picture is framed merely by a huge plaster cove entirely surrounding the opening finished in old gold. Massive columns covered with a freely wrought Mexican design done in gold leaf stand at either side of this cove and uphold a great dark hood which extends across the entire proscenium opening."



Another balcony view. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



Looking over a bit more for a peek into the pit. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



Removal of the proscenium plasterwork in preparation for the TODD-AO installation in 1956. This rare view is a Kenny Adamson photo on the Carthay Circle History Facebook page. 



The front of the house after the TODD-AO installation. It's a photo from the Kenny Adamson collection added to the Carthay Circle History Facebook page. He comments: "Balcony ceiling covered, seats added to orchestra pit, projection booth moved to ground floor. Mid Mod draperage."



An interesting view of the Carthay Circle asbestos curtain hanging onstage at the United Artists. It's a 2010 Wendell Benedetti photo on the LAHTF Facebook page. The curtain, painted by Frank Tenney Johnson, is discussed by Hillsman Wright on Don Solosan's 2010 video about the United Artists, "Insiders Peek #9." It went into storage when the church sold the building for the Ace Hotel project and still needs a new home. Jerome Adamson of Adamson-Duvannes Galleries (323-653-1015) is the agent.

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