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Warner Grand San Pedro: lobby areas

478 W. 6th St. San Pedro (Los Angeles), CA 90731 | map |

The Warner Grand pages: history + exterior views | lobby areas | auditorium | stage + basement | booth |


A look into the lobby from the entrance doors. It's a photo included with "The Warner in San Pedro," an article on the new theatre in the Better Theatres section of the July 4, 1931 issue of Motion Picture Herald. It's on Internet Archive. The photo also appears in spread on Foyers in the November 21, 1931 issue.



 The lobby in 1931. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library



The stairs up to the balcony. Photo: Motion Picture Herald - July 4, 1931



The balcony level lobby. We're looking toward house left -- the auditorium entrances are to our right. Photo: Motion Picture Herald - July 4, 1931


Recent main lobby views:


Looking into the Warner's lobby. The stairs at left head down to the basement restrooms and lounge. The doors to the auditorium are off to the right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



A bit deeper into the lobby. Those are just exit doors to the alley ahead. Thanks to Hile Hight for the photo, a post on the SoCal Historic Architecture Facebook page. Also see an auditorium view on Nile's post.



A closer look at the niche on the lobby east wall -- formerly a fountain. Thanks to Steve Milner for his 2016 photo. It appeared as one of a set of seven on the SoCal Historic Architecture Facebook page.



The stairs to the balcony. The exits to the street are off to the left. The lobby used to have an elaborate deco paint job. The hope is to eventually do a restoration. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



A closer look at the mirror on the landing. Thanks to Claudia Mullins for her 2017 photo. It's one in a set of 21 on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles. The extra nautical decor was for a Los Angeles Conservancy "Last Remaining Seats" screening of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."



The vista down the row of lobby chandeliers. Photo: Steve Milner - 2016



The view back down the length of the lobby toward the entrance doors. Thanks to Don Solosan for his 2009 photo on the LAHTF Facebook page.  Also see his downstairs lounge sign and lobby poster case photos.

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is actively involved in the study and preservation of the vintage theatres in the Los Angeles area. The group frequently supports events and offers tours of the buildings. www.lahtf.org | on Facebook



A lobby plaster detail. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - 2013. Don't miss her two Avoiding Regret photo essays on the Warner. You'll find many photos, a history of the building, and lots of information about her exploration of the theatre. There's one on the public spaces, "Open to the Public," and one on the non-public areas, "Behind Closed Doors."


The basement lounges:


Signage in the lobby indicating the way down to the basement lounge areas. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret -2013



The basement lounge area. The doorway is to the men's room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Work earlier in 2014 on the basement lounge alcove by KC Restoration, a Culver City firm. It's a photo appearing on their Facebook page.



Thanks to Mr. Arteest for this 2008 lounge view. It's one of 72 great photos in his Warner Grand set on Flickr. That's the men's room entrance we see. The ladies room is behind us.



One of the ceiling fixtures. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A 2008 view of one of the lounge fixtures after refurbishment. The photo is in Mr. Arteest's Warner Grand set on Flickr.



A detail of the painted ceiling. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



In the ladies room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



Looking out from the ladies room. That's the black-tiled men's room across the way. The stairs back up to the main lobby are out there, off to the right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



In the men's room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



Another men's room view. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


Heading up to the balcony:


The house right stairs to the balcony. Photo: Claudia Mullins - Photos of Los Angeles - 2017



In the main lobby looking upstairs via the house left stairs. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A sconce on the stairs. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



An exit sign at the top of the stairs. Photo: Berger Conser Architectural Photography - c.1992. The photo appears in Anne Conser and Robert Berger's great book "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown," available on Amazon. The Robert Berger Photography website has a portfolio of sixteen photos from "The Last Remaining Seats."



A look down from the house left end of the balcony lobby. The open door nearest us is the men's room -- the ladies is down at the other end. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The balcony lobby from house left. That's the manager's office at the far end. Thanks to Stephen Russo for his 2013 photo on the LAHTF Facebook page.



A peek into the auditorium house left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The repurposed drinking fountain on the west wall. Thanks to Gary Simon for his 2014 photo on the LAHTF Facebook page.



An earlier drinking fountain view. Thanks to Don Solosan for the 2009 photo on the LAHTF Facebook page.



A ceiling detail. Photo: Claudia Mullins - Photos of Los Angeles - 2017  



One of the balcony lobby's pilasters. Photo: Claudia Mullins - Photos of Los Angeles - 2017



A closer look at a pilaster capital. Photo: Claudia Mullins - Photos of Los Angeles - 2017 



The manager's office doors at the house right end of the lobby. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret - 2013



A peek into the manager's office. Photo: Mr. Arteest on Flickr - 2008



The balcony lobby from the house right end. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014. Thanks, Hunter! Keep up with his recent explorations: on Facebook | hunterkerhart.com | on Flickr



Down the house right stairs. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014  



Another wall and ceiling detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



A lovely lady on the ceiling. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



The men's room on the house left end of the balcony lobby. We're looking out from the toilet area toward some fine woodwork on the entrance vestibule door. The guys got black tile, the ladies got green. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The balcony men's room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The balcony men's room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The entrance to the balcony ladies room on the house right side of the lobby. Photo: Claudia Mullins - Photos of Los Angeles - 2017. Thanks for all your photos, Claudia! 



In the balcony ladies room. We're looking out from the toilet area to the lounge beyond. The fancy door gets you out to the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Another balcony ladies room view. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

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