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Westlake Theatre: interior views

638 S. Alvarado St. Los Angeles, CA 90057 | map |

Also see: Westlake Theatre - history + exterior views



The two-story outer lobby. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - 2017. The photo originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page. Thanks, Wendell!

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



Explorers from the LAHTF check out the lobby. The building's use as a swap meet ended in 2011 but much debris from that venture still remains. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



A wide angle view of the lobby's ceiling. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



The ceiling mural in the lobby. Photo: Sean Ault - 2006. Thanks for all the fine photos, Sean!



The original look of the lobby ceiling. The photo appeared in the December 28, 1929 issue of Motion Picture News on a page devoted to Fox Theatres. Robert Power Studios is credited as the decorator. The page was part of section two of the issue, the "Theatre Building and Equipment Buyers Guide." The issue is on Internet Archive.



A lobby view. Thanks to Michele Gerdes for the 2009 photo. See her full Westlake Theatre set of twenty four photos on Flickr.



Another lobby view looking up toward the balcony level. Photo: Sean Ault - 2006 



A 2009 lobby photo by Ken McIntyre on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



A lobby plasterwork detail. And a look at some of the finer merchandise on sale at the time. Photo: Ken McIntyre - Photos of Los Angeles - 2009



An ornate corner of the lobby. Photo: Sean Ault - 2006



A plaster frieze detail. Photo: Sean Ault - 2006



 One of the sets of stairs up to the balcony. Photo: Sean Ault - 2006



A detail of the ceiling above the stairs. It's a Sandi Hemmerlein photo appearing with her 2017 Avoiding Regret photo essay "Down the Rabbit Hole..."



Up in the balcony level of the lobby, looking across the two-story entrance area. Photo: Sean Ault - 2006



Looking down from balcony level. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2017



The balcony lobby near the center. In this wide angle view that's the upper part of the two-story lobby area at the right and one of the balcony entrances at the left. In the middle is an arch leading to a small lounge area at the center of the lobby. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



A detail of the arches and ceiling. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret - 2017



The balcony lobby house left end. At the right is one of the sets of stairs down to the main floor. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



A lobby plaster detail. Photo: Sean Ault - 2006



The balcony lobby house right end. The auditorium is off to the right. The first door is one of the restrooms with an entrance to the balcony beyond. Photo: Wendell Benedetti -  LAHTF Facebook page - 2017

 In the Auditorium:


A nice shot of the Westlake's proscenium and asbestos. Back in the days when it still had seats. And footlights! The undated photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. No other vintage auditorium photos have surfaced.



Looking in toward the stage from the back of the main floor in 2017. The swap meet had closed long ago but nobody cleared the junk out of the building. It's a Sandi Hemmerlein photo appearing with her Avoiding Regret photo essay "Down the Rabbit Hole..." Thanks, Sandi.



Some interesting plasterwork on the balcony soffit. Thanks to Stephen Friday for his photo. It's one of 29 photos in his Westlake Theatre set on Flickr from 2008.



Another plaster grille back under the balcony. Photo: Stephen Friday on Flickr - 2008
 


The view toward the proscenium in the theatre's swap meet days. Thanks to Jason Turner for his photo.



Another stroll down the center aisle. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for his 2008 photo, a post on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



A detail of the top of the proscenium. Photo: Michele Gerdes - 2009



A great look at the bottom of the asbestos. Photo: Sean Ault - 2006



In case you were wondering who the decorator was, Steve Shriver gives us this detail of the lower right corner of the asbestos. It's part of his twelve photo Westlake Theatre set on Flickr from 2010.



A detail of the proscenium mural. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



A closer look at the mural above the proscenium. Photo: Sean Ault - 2006 



A detail of the figures in the center of the mural. Thanks to Steve Shriver on Flickr for the photo.



The view up toward one of the organ grilles. Photo: Michele Gerdes -  2009



A plaster detail. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret - 2017. Thanks, Sandi!



Ornate plasterwork and swap meet stuff. Thanks to Stephen Friday for the photo. It's one of 29 in his Westlake Theatre set on Flickr from 2008.



A ceiling detail. Photo: Stephen Friday on Flickr - 2008



Offstage right. It's an Armstrong-Power wire guide counterweight system. Thanks to Steve Shriver for the photo. It's part of his twelve photo Westlake Theatre set on Flickr from 2010.



A look offstage left above the merchandise, now gone. Photo: Stephen Friday on Flickr - 2008. Thanks, Stephen!



Exploring in the orchestra pit. The main floor had been leveled for the swap meet operation. LAHTF's Bill Givens checks out what's underneath that concrete slab. The stage is to the right. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



In the plenum under the main floor. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



The view across the balcony. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



The back of the balcony. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016. Thanks for all the great work, Wendell!



A balcony plaster detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2017



House right: the last remaining original wall sconce. Photo: Bill Counter - 2017



In the balcony looking back toward the booth. Photo: Michele Gerdes - 2009



In the booth -- Michelle Gerdes explores the mess. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2016



 More booth messes on the back wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2017



A booth front wall view. Photo: Bill Counter - 2017



From the top row. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2017



The vista from the balcony down across the swap meet merchandise. Photo: Michele Gerdes - 2009



Another look down from Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. They have a great portfolio of photos of ruined or decaying theatres around the country called Theaters (2005-20xx) on their website -- still a work in progress.  Also see their very interesting Ruins of Detroit section.

A selection of the duo's theatre photos are featured in "Beautiful Photographs of Decaying & Repurposed Movie Palaces," Jason Bailey's May 2012 article on Flavorwire.



The front of the auditorium in 2017. It's a Matt Lambros photo. Matt hosted the Theatre Historical Society 2017 Conclave "Afterglow" day which included a tour of the Westlake.



The proscenium mural. It's a 2017 Matt Lambros photo. Visit him on his blog After the Final Curtain and on his After the Final Curtain Facebook page. Thanks, Matt!



The front of the auditorium. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2017

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