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Opened: July 9, 1970 as the Doheny Plaza Theatre, a single screen theatre operated by Metropolitan Theatres. It's on the ground floor of a parking garage for the Doheny Plaza office complex.
The location is just a half block south of Wilshire. Nearby is the Laemmle Music Hall. The photo is a 2017 Google Maps view.
Website: www.wga.org | film events - members only | www.writersguildtheater.com - theatre tour
Architect: George T. Nowark designed the theatre. The building was designed by Maxwell Starkman and Associates.
Seating: 541 at one time, now down to 473.
Screen: 15' x 35'
Projection: 2 Simplex XL with Simplex soundheads plus Dolby Digital on top. The digital projector is a Barco DP2K-32B 2K with a Doremi server. 3-D is the Dolby process. Sound processing is a Dolby 650 unit. Amps are by QSC, speakers by JBL. At one time the house had been equipped with Simplex 35/70s.
Status: Operated by the Writers Guild of America, West as a members-only venue with lots of film screenings.
A lobby view from the photo page on the Writers Guild Theater website. The lobby areas were expanded by taking over what had been an adjoining retail space. The four interior photos seen here are by William MacCollum.
A look toward the front of the auditorium.
Along the front.
The rear of the auditorium. The theatre's website has thirty five additional photos.
The exterior prior to renovation. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
The entrance to the WGA Theater in 2010. Photo: Bill Counter
A Ken McIntyre shot of the exterior of the Writer's Guild Theater. It was a 2013 post on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.
An exterior view of the theatre from Martin on the great site You-Are-Here.
Martin's shot on You-Are-Here looking north toward Wilshire Blvd. Take his tour down Wilshire Boulevard for lots of terrific photos.
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the WGA Theater for a history. The Cinema Tour page on the theater has some nice 2008 photos by Bob Meza, including views of the booth.
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