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Opened: 1947 by Freida Berkoff, a member of a famous Russian dancing family. The Coronet has been mostly famous as a legit venue, hosting over 300 productions. It opened with the world premiere of Bertolt Brecht's "Galileo" with Charles Laughton. The location is two blocks north of Beverly Blvd.
The 1950s photo of the Coronet by Danny Rouzer is from the Tim Lanza Collection. It once appeared on the Largo at the Coronet website. It's also been seen on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles where it garnered many interesting comments.
Throughout the 50s the Coronet was a venue for independent and experimental film. In the 60s it was home to Ray Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre Co. In addition to the theatre space, there were acting and dance studios upstairs.
Manohla Dargis, in a November 6, 2011 New York Times article "Laboring in the Shadow of Hollywood" calls the theatre "legendary." The venue as a film theatre was programmed by Raymond Rohauer, who later was involved in programming the twin Rivera and Capri Theatres (now a single screen venue, the New Beverly).
Proscenium width: 39'
Proscenium height: 13'
Curtain to footlights: 3' 6"
Curtain to backwall: 30'
Linesets: None -- what rigging there was used hemp
Grid height: 17' 9"
Theatre location: upstairs
The data appeared in the 1949 edition of the ATPAM Theatre, Arena and Auditorium Guide. Thanks to Bob Foreman for posting the publication on his Vintage Theatre Catalogs blog. They noted that the rent at the time was $500 per week.
Status: Since 2008 the theatre has been the home of Largo at the Coronet, featuring comedy and music performances.
Phone: 310-855-0350 Website: www.largo-la.com
The Coronet Theatre. Photo: Google Maps - c.2010
More information: See the Wikipedia page on the history of the Coronet. Yelp has a page on Largo at the Coronet that includes some photos.
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