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State Theatre: vintage auditorium views

703 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014  | map |

The State Theatre pages: history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | ticket lobby | lobbies and lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | projection booth | backstage | basement cafeteria |


A 1921 look at the proscenium from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. 



A shot of the front of the auditorium in 1921 with the grand drape open. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.



A proscenium view from the July 1923 issue of  Architect and Engineer appearing as part of a portfolio of various work by the architects, Weeks & Day. The most prominent coverage was of the Fox Oakland (later called the Orpheum). It's on Internet Archive. Note they've added some chairs in the proscenium boxes.



The rear of the auditorium. The photo is from the the July 1923 issue of Architect and Engineer. Note the open standee rail at the rear of the main floor. Also check out the balcony rail. There's no provision to light the stage from that position. But it appears the protruding boxes had uplights for the ceiling as there was no chandelier at the time. That black doorway we see at the top goes to the booth.



Another look at the rear of auditorium. This one, giving us a view of the footlights and pit, is from the 1922 Architectural Digest survey issue covering noteworthy southern California buildings. It's from the Stanford Library and appears on Google Books.   



This view across the State's balcony appears in the Motion Picture News issue of December 28, 1929 on a page of photos of theatres operated by Fox West Coast that were decorated by Robert E. Power Studios. 

Note that for some unknown reason it's been retouched. Much of the side wall decoration has been obliterated. Section Two of the MPN issue is the "Theatre Building and Equipment Buyers Guide" featuring photos of many different theatres. It's on Internet Archive. 



Many of the Fanchon & Marco "Ideas" that accompanied the feature films in Fox West Coast Theatres got their first performances at Loew's State. This proscenium view at the State shows the stage set for an unidentified F&M Idea. It's a Harry Wenger photo on the Huntington Digital Library website. 



The set for the Fanchon and Marco "Greco-Roman Idea," one of four views from that production on the Huntington Digital Library site. It's a Harry Wenger photo. For more on Fanchon & Marco head to the site curated by the family, www.fanchonandmarco.com. Also see their terrific Fanchon & Marco set on Flickr.

The Huntington Library Fanchon and Marco Collection includes several albums online with hundreds photos of various productions by the team. The photos are in the album four to a page. Most are cropped in so closely that one can't identify which theatre they were shot in. With others we get a bit of drapery or the proscenium. 

More views in Album 1 recognizably shot at the State include: "O'Neill Kiddies Idea" - upper right | "Specialties Idea" - lower right | an unidentified Idea - upper right | "Fans Idea" - 2 left photos | "Harps Idea" - same page, 2 right photos | "Haunting Melody Idea" - lower left - or is it the "Violins Idea"? |


Fancifully redone draperies. It's a 1940 photo in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. 



A simpler look, drapery-wise, in this 1964 Los Angeles Public Library photo. Yes, that's the science fiction themed asbestos curtain. Note the repainting of the flat surfaces around the proscenium. We get a glimpse of the organ console off to the left. The pit has been covered by steps.



A look at the house traveler that was in use in 1964. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo. 



The rear of the house. It's a 1964 Los Angeles Public Library photo.



A 1964 ceiling detail in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. 



A wonderful view across the balcony in 1964 with the added bonus of a peek backstage. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.



A rare look across the stage. It's a photo from the Los Angeles Conservancy archives that once appeared on their website as part of a gallery of Broadway theatres. With a site makeover it disappeared. Sorry there's not a larger version available.



A main floor shot by Bill Gabel taken when Metropolitan Theatres was still running the State. It was a post on Cinema Treasures. Thanks, Bill!
 



A great look up toward the ceiling in the days when the State was running films. It's a photo from Bill Gabel that he posted on the Cinema Treasures page about the State.



Another grand view up toward the lattice ceiling. Thanks to Bill Gabel for posting his photo on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



A c.1992 detail of the theatre's chandelier by Berger Conser Architectural Photography. The photo appears on Robert Berger's website in a portfolio of sixteen views from "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown," the lovely book he did with Anne Conser. It's available on Amazon.



A c.1992 detail of some ceiling plasterwork from Berger Conser Architectural Photography. It's a photo appearing in the Robert Berger / Anne Conser book "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Timseltown."



 A c.1992 balcony view by Berger Conser Architectural Photography. The photo, formerly on a web page from the duo, can be seen in their book "The Last Remaining Seats: The Movie Palaces of Tinseltown." Note the very plain valance. More of Robert Berger's work can be found on his website: www.robertbergerphotography.com.



A c.1995 photo showing off the redone draperies both onstage and in the organ grille areas. That's the fanciful asbestos curtain we see onstage. The photo is one of sixteen views on Robert Berger's website in a portfolio of photos from "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown," by Mr. Berger and Anne Conser. You can get a copy on Amazon. It originally came out in 1997 with a reprint in 2004.

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