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Fox Wilshire/Saban Theatre: lobby areas

8440 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 | map |

Pages about the Fox Wilshire/Saban Theatre: history + exterior views | lobby areas | recent auditorium views | vintage auditorium views | stage | booth |


The south side of the lobby. At the bottom we're looking into an inner lobby area created by Richard McCann in 1981. The seating originally came to a wall right below the "Temple of the Arts" sign. Thanks to John Hough for his 2017 photo, one of many fine views on the Saban Theatre page of OrnateTheatres.com, the website he does with Mark Mulhall.

Vintage lobby photos: Scroll down to the bottom of the page for 25 of them.



A ceiling view. Photo: John Hough - OrnateTheatres.com - 2017 



The ornament above the entrance doors. Photo: John Hough - OrnateTheatres.com - 2017



The house right (west) stairs. Photo: John Hough - OrnateTheatres.com - 2017



A balcony level view of the lobby. Wilshire Blvd. is out to the left. Photo: Zale Richard Rubins - LAHTF Facebook page - 2014

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Across the lobby from the balcony level. Photo: Stephen Russo - LAHTF Facebook page - 2012



A detail of the lobby chandelier. It's original but had been gussied up with the "Skouras treatment" in the late 40s. Photo: Stephen Russo - LAHTF Facebook page - 2013. Thanks, Stephen! 



The balcony level of the lobby looking toward the doors to the auditorium. Photo: John Hough - OrnateTheatres.com - 2017. Thanks for all your great photos, John! 
 
The red period: 


A lobby view by Larry Underhill taken during a Los Angeles Conservancy 2012 "Last Remaining Seats" screening of "The Wizard of Oz." We're looking in from the entrance doors. At this point the lobby was still in its Richard McCann red period. The photo appears in the Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats 2012 album on Facebook.



The view toward Wilshire from the balcony level. Thanks to Ken Roe for this 2002 photo on Flickr. Don't miss his huge Movie Theatres - USA set of over 700 photos.



Above the entrance doors. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2010 



An inner lobby view. This used to be part of the seating area prior to the 1981 Richard McCann renovation. Thanks to the theatre for the photo which appeared on the Saban Facebook page in 2012.



Another look at the inner lobby/bar area. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2010  



The lobby at balcony level. At the right it's the east stairs to the main floor. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF- 2010



Thanks to Eric Lynxwiler for this 2008 photo on Flickr. Also see an auditorium view -- and from there you can page through some other photos as well. For a real treat, browse Eric's Los Angeles Theatres set on Flickr consisting of nearly five hundred photos.

Vintage views: 


A pencil sketch of the lobby. It's on Calisphere from the UCLA S. Charles Lee Papers Collection.



A rendering of the Fox Wilshire lobby "showing unusual adaptation of modern note" from the December 29, 1929 issue of Motion Picture News. It's on Internet Archive.

Section Two of the issue is the "Theatre Building and Equipment Buyers Guide" featuring photos and drawings of many different theatres. Included is an article by S. Charles Lee about the Tower and Fox Wilshire: "Stretching The Building Fund and the Plot Area." A black and white photo of a somewhat different drawing is on Calisphere from the UCLA S. Charles Lee Papers Collection.



An entrance vestibule view. These doors were later removed.  Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



In the entrance vestibule about to take a step into the main lobby. It's a 1930 photo by Keystone Photo Service in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



The main exit doors out to the entrance vestibule. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930

The California State Library photos: In addition to what's shown on these pages, there are many more 1930 Mott Studios photos in the collection. They are cataloged rather haphazardly in six sets -- each with a mix of shots from different areas of the theatre: #001443784 - 8 views | #001443782 - 2 views | #001443449 - 11 views | #001386544 - 17 views | #001386542 - 18 views | #001386306 - 17 views



The house right side of the lobby. The auditorium is off to the left. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



A better view looking up the house right stairs. Check out that painted ceiling pattern up on the balcony level.  Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



A detail of the house right stairs. The book at the left is the "guest register." The photo by Keystone Photo Service was featured in the October 25, 1930 issue of Exhibitors Herald-World with an article by Tom Hacker titled "The Modern Motif in Fantastic Mood." It's on Internet Archive.



The mirror seen straight ahead when you entered the main lobby. The reflections give us a view of the house right stairs. The guest register is gone and there's an organ console parked in its place. It's an undated Los Angeles Public Library photo.



Another look at the house right side of the lobby. The arch at left leads to the entrance for the side aisle. The undated photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



The main lobby chandelier. All the painted detail is now gone from the dome and lobby walls. The chandelier got a 40s Skouras retrofit.  Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



An early view looking over toward the house left (east) side of the lobby. The arch at the left of that chair gets you to the house left side aisle. We're all decked out to celebrate "Fall Flower Week." Thanks to Kate Mercier for the photo on Facebook. Her grandfather managed the theatre.



The house left side of the lobby. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



The alcove leading to the house left side aisle. Photo: Exhibitors Herald-World - 1930



Another look at the house left alcove. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



Another alcove sofa view -- and the coat check room. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



A ladies lounge view. That door at the center gets you into the cosmetics room. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library -1930



The ladies cosmetics room. Photo: Keystone Photo Service - Exhibitors Herald-World - 1930



Another look at the ladies room mirrors. It's a 1930 Mott Studios photo on Calisphere from the UCLA S. Charles Lee Papers Collection.



Another lounge area. That's a phone booth in the middle. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library -1930



More lounge furniture. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library -1930



The vista from the balcony level of the lobby back toward Wilshire Blvd. It's a 1930 shot by Keystone Photo Service that's in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



Looking across from the house right side of the balcony level lobby. Going up the little ramp gets you to the center vomitory. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



A closer view of the sofa seen on the left in the view above. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



The vista across from the house left alcove at balcony level. Photo: Exhibitors Herald-World - 1930



Heading up to the house left entrance into the balcony.  Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1930



"Balcony Closed." Sorry, but there's a rope across the center balcony entrance in this Los Angeles Public Library photo that they date as being from 1945.

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