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Warner Grand San Pedro: stage + basement

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

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

Looking toward stage right. Yes, it really is a shallow stage. Like other Warner theatres of this vintage, it was built with a stage but never fully equipped. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

Proscenium width: 50'

Proscenium height: 32'

Stage depth:  20'8" from the upstage edge of the smoke pocket to the face of the backwall columns.

Apron depth: 10'. Thus the total usable stage depth is 30'8"'

Stage wall to wall: 80'

Grid height: 65'

Rigging: The earlier wireguide and hemp system was replaced with a new counterweight system in 2007. There are 16 linesets. The system is operated at stage level stage right. Some sets are 1,000 pound capacity, some 1,900. There's provision to add more sets on the T-wall, up to a total of 25. The asbestos also operates from the lockrail.

Power: 1 - 600A 3 phase, 1 - 400A 3 phase, 1 - 200A 3 phase. All are located downstage right.

F.O.H. circuits: Patchable DSR

Dimmers: 72 2.4Kw Strand CD80. The console is a Strand 520i.

Booth to proscenium: 122'

Balcony rail to proscenium: 61'

Screen size: 21' x 48'

House mix position: Main floor house left, 2/3 of the way back

Loading: On 6th St. east of the storefronts.

Dressing rooms: All the dressing rooms are in the basement.

Pipe organ: Chambers were included in the design but the house never got an organ installation as the theatre came along too late.

More information: See the tech PDF on the Grand Vision website for more data.

 A main floor plan showing the stage layout. The dimmerboard shown stage right is no longer there.

Another look across to the right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

The switchboard nook offstage right. The original dimmerboard is now in storage in the basement. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

The view upstage right across the rigging. The 2007 counterweight system installation by Tru-Roll replaced the inadequate gear originally installed. By the time the theatre opened Warner Bros. knew the stage wasn't going to get any serious use. The new installation includes a caged ladder to the grid and a loading bridge. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

A view from upstage right. Thanks to Dave Newey for his photo, one that appeared in a set of nine on the LAHTF Facebook page. Dave took his shots at an August 2013 open house at the theatre.

A look into the house from from off right. That's the edge of the screen frame we see on the left -- it was a movie night. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

A look across toward the open loading doors onto 6th St. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014. Thanks, Hunter! Keep up with his recent explorations: on Facebook | | on Flickr

Off to stage left with an emptier stage. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

The view from the house. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 

The upstage right stairs down to the basement dressing rooms. Thanks to Sandi Hemmerlein for her photo. Don't miss her two 2013 Avoiding Regret photo essays on the Warner. You'll find more 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." Thanks, Sandi!

A basement plan. Thanks to Mike Hume for including the plans on the Warner Grand page of his Historic Theatre Photography site. 

The basement dressing room corridor. Here we're at the bottom of the stage right stairs looking toward stage left. Halfway down you can take a right and go into the orchestra pit. Go all the way and take a right to check out the mechanical room.

Behind us is an exit to outside the north side of the building. Also on this side, under the front of the auditorium, is the main electric room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

A chorus dressing room in the Warner's basement. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

In the orchestra pit. The auditorium is off to the right. The posts are supports for the removable stage extension. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

Looking into the main electric room in the basement stage right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

The electrical panel in the mechanical room as we look in from the stage left end of the dressing room corridor. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013

Lost deep in the basement. We're in the mechanical room under the auditorium house right. That's part of the AC system on the left as we look back out toward the dressing room corridor. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret - 2013

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