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Shrine Auditorium: lobby areas

665 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 | map |

The Shrine Auditorium pages: history | exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | backstage | expo hall + support areas

The outer lobby:


A construction view of what was originally an open air space. It got enclosed in a 1993 refurbishment of the building. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo. 



A 1926 view south. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo. The California State Library also has a copy of the photo in their set #1445667.

The California State Library has 44 photos of the building in four sets. | set #1445667 - 6 photos including an auditorium view plus exterior and outer lobby shots | set #1387004 - 18 photos of lobbies, auditorium, backstage, expo hall and exterior | set #1447647 - 18 photos of lobbies and exterior | set #1385653 - two exterior views |



The view in from the street. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



Looking out through the arches on the facade. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



The outer lobby in 1937. It's a Herman Schultheis photo in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



Looking toward house right. Thanks to Floyd Bariscale for his 2008 photo, included in his 46 photo Shrine Auditorium set on Flickr. And don't miss the fine article about the Shrine Auditorium on his blog Big Orange Landmarks.



The entrance doors. Thanks to Dave Bullock for this photo, one in a set of 29 terrific views from 2007 that appear on his website eecue.



A look out the front doors from house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



A chandelier and window detail. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018. Visit his Historic Theatre Photography site for hundreds of terrific photos of the theatres he's explored in the Los Angeles area and elsewhere. And don't miss his page on the Shrine Auditorium.



The east wall -- looking toward the inner lobby. Photo: Floyd Bariscale - Flickr - 2008



The outer lobby from house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018 



A 2nd floor window detail. The windows into the lobby at that level. Photo: Floyd Bariscale - Flickr - 2008


The inner lobby:


The inner lobby from house right. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018



Another house right view. The the main floor seating is through any of the "tunnels" at the right. Photo: Floyd Bariscale - Flickr - 2008



A closer look at a ramp up into the main floor seating. In the distance that's the back wall of the stage. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



A view of the space from house left. Photo: Dave Bullock - eecue - 2007



Another look across from house left. A level below this is for restrooms. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019


The 2nd floor lobby:


The area during construction. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



This is the lowest of four levels serving the balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019



Another look across from house left. The windows look down into the main floor outer lobby area.  Lounge areas and elevators are at either end. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019



A detail of the ceiling treatment on the 2nd floor. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019


The 3rd floor lobby: 
 

The lobby from house left. Photo: Floyd Bariscale - Flickr - 2008



Looking across from house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019


 
One of the balcony entrances. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019



Another view from house right. The former lounge area, now a Shrine museum, is through the gated arches. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



A closer look at the plasterwork on the west wall arches. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019



A detail of the 3rd floor lobby ceiling treatment. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019


The 3rd floor lounge area:


Looking north in the lounge area. Note no mural in the arches yet. This space, now used as a Shrine museum, is just west of the 3rd floor lobby and directly above the outer lobby. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



Another view from a bit farther back. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926. There's a shot from even farther back in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. 



A corner of the lounge area. We're looking in from the lobby. Gates are now in these arches. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



The north end of the room after the murals were completed. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1926



The ceiling treatment in the lounge. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019



A Super Simplex on display with a Western Electric 1-A soundhead and a water cooled Magnarc lamp. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019


The 4th floor lobby:


Looking across from house left. At the far end it's one of the two patron elevators. The windows look down on the 3rd floor lounge/museum space. Photo: Mike Hume - 2019



Looking down into the 3rd floor museum. Photo: Mike Hume - 2019


The 5th floor:


There's no corridor across the top of the balcony, it's just a small vestibule at the elevators both house left and house right. Here we're house right looking in toward the auditorium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019



The view down from just inside the doors. Just around a bit to the right is the set of stairs to either go down or, more interestingly, up to the attic, south dome and roof. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019



The house left stairs down from level 5. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019

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