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Shrine Auditorium: Expo Hall + support 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 Expo Hall:


A 1926 view of the Expo Hall, originally called the Banquet Hall and, later, the Ballroom. We're looking north toward the entrance doors on 32nd St. The photo by Keystone Photo Service is in the USC Digital Library collection.



This c.1926 photo by Mott Studios appears with the article "Unusual Engineering Features of the Al Malaikah Temple, Los Angeles" by R. McC. Beanfield, structural engineer for the project. The article, from The American Architect, is on Internet Archive. Thanks to Mike Hume for going on the search to find it.

The caption: "The roof over the Banquet Hall is supported by reinforced concrete arches of 90 ft. clear span. Bending stresses in columns are reduced by the cantilevered balcony. Decorations are painted on concrete." 



A 1934 view, with the hall evidently being used for scenery storage. The open doorway leads directly onto the stage of the Auditorium. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.



The hall set up with rides and booths for a Shrine Circus in 2008. The main performance was given in the Auditorium. Thanks to Floyd Bariscale for his 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.



Another balcony view. Photo: Floyd Bariscale - Flickr - 2008



On the main floor. Yes, that's a carousel set up down at the end. Photo: Floyd Bariscale - Flickr - 2008


Newer Expo Hall views: 


The west entry area leading into the Expo Hall. 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.



Another west entry view. Photo: Shrine Auditorium website.  It's in the photo gallery section of their history page where you'll get a fine tour of the building.



A look in from the southwest corner of the empty hall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2018



The view north to 32nd. St. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018



Turning around 180 degrees, it's a view through the "elephant doors" onto the Shrine Auditorium stage. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018



On the landing up to the balcony. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018



The balcony on the south end of the hall. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018



Power off in a nook in the southeast corner. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018



Along the west side of the hall at balcony level. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018



Looking north toward the 32nd St. entrance doors. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018 



A concrete beam detail. Photo: Mike Hume - 2018



On the balcony above the north entrance doors. The stage of the auditorium is behind the wall at the far end. Photo: Shrine Auditorium website. 


Basement support areas: 


The main building switchboard. Thanks to Dave Bullock for his set of 29 terrific photos from 2007 that appear on his website eecue.



One of the supply fans. Photo: Dave Bullock - eecue - 2007



The boiler room. Photo: Dave Bullock - eecue - 2007



A peek inside one of the boilers. Photo: Dave Bullock - eecue - 2007



A chiller. Photo: Dave Bullock - eecue - 2007



Basement storage. Photo: Dave Bullock - eecue - 2007


Heading to the north dome:


A corridor heading to the dome. Photo: Dave Bullock - eecue - 2007



In the dome. Photo: Dave Bullock - eecue - 2007 



The inside of the dome's roof. Photo: Dave Bullock - eecue - 2007. Thanks for all the terrific photos, Dave!

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

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