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Tower Theatre: lobby areas

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The Apple construction project: 


August 2018 - The Apple renovations begin. Thanks to Skyscraper Page contributor LA Guy 89 for his photo on the Downtown Project Rundown post #7596. And thanks to Hunter Kerhart for spotting the post.



August 2018 - Marble on the stair landing and some of the column capitals are boxed in to protect from damage. Photo: Bill Counter



September 2018 - More critical areas get covered with plywood. Thanks to Hunter Kerhart for the photo.



August 2019 - Construction resumes after a lengthy hiatus. Much of the marble and decorative plaster has been removed exposing the steel structure and the bottom of the balcony seating risers. Photo: Bill Counter


 
August 2019 - A look to the right of the grand stairs on into the back of the auditorium. Note the stripped out side wall and steel truss overhead. Photo: Bill Counter


Earlier lobby views:


The lobby in 1927. The photo appeared in the March 3, 1928 issue of Motion Picture News. The issue also has floorplans, auditorium and lobby photos plus an article titled "A Theatre Built on a Lot 50 x 150 Feet." A version of the photo also appears in the July 1928 issue of Architect and Engineer. Both magazines are on Internet Archive.



The grand stairs in 2012. Around either side of the grand stair you go straight into a little vestibule. Straight ahead from there gets you to the back of the auditorium. Or a turn to center gets you on to the stairs to the basement lounges. Thanks to Wendell Benedetti for his photo on the LAHTF Facebook page. Also see his photo of the stained glass window above the entrance and an ultra wide-angle lobby view.

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The railings at the bottom of the stairs. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Another railing detail. Photo: Escott O. Norton - 2012. See his full 2012 Tower Theatre Tour! set on Facebook. Escott is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation.



The south side of the railing -- and a peek out onto Broadway. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A busy day out on Broadway.  The event was a LAHTF "all-about" tour with a line down the block. That's the 1965 boxoffice in the center of the photo. The boxoffice location was originally in the center of the entrance. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A lovely view of the chandelier and the stained glass window over the entrance. Photo: Rich Alossi - 2009. Thanks, Rich!



Another look at the window. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2009. Thanks, Don!



Afternoon sun on the window. Thanks to Ed Baney, Broadway Theatre Group General Manager, for his 2018 photo. 



The chandelier and front window. Photo: Escott O. Norton - 2012



A detail of the bottom of the chandelier. Note the film unrolling horizontally across the stained glass. Photo: Escott O. Norton - 2012



On the floor gazing up at the chandelier. Thanks to Sandi Hemmerlein for her 2012 photo. Don't miss the photo essays about the Tower on her Avoiding Regret blog: Lobby, House & Balcony and Backstage, Booth and Basement.



A terrific detail of some lobby marble -- lit by sunlight coming through the stained glass. Photo: Escott O. Norton - 2012



On the main floor of the lobby: peeking into a storage room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A look into the house right side of the auditorium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A view back out to Broadway. We're in the vestibule between the lobby and the rear of the auditorium. Stairs to the basement are off to the right. Your photographer is caught in a mirror at the left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The stairs to the basement -- or you could go down then up straight across to house left. The lobby is off to the left, the auditorium to the right. The grand stair up to the balcony is above us. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A marble drinking fountain in the vestibule house left -- just before heading into the auditorium. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The rear of the auditorium as seen from the entrance vestibule. The stairs to the basement lounge are just off to the left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Heading up the stairs to the balcony. Thanks to Broadway Theatre Group, owners of the Tower Theatre, for the photo by Gary Leonard. It appears on the lobby page of their Tower Theatre website.



Another view up the stairs to the balcony. The lobby was said to be modeled on that of the Paris Opera but on a rather Liliputian scale. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2009



A detail of plasterwork atop the baroque pediment over the columns flanking the grand stair. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A column capital detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012 



A look up to the landing. It's a Gary Leonard photo done for the Broadway Theatre Group. Thanks! 



A stair railing detail by Berger Conser Architectural Photography taken for Broadway Theatre Group. See the BTG Tower Theatre website for a photo gallery of the building.



The landing on the way to the balcony. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret - 2012



The marble structure at the landing. Photo: Escott O. Norton - LAHTF - 2012



A detail of the marble "T" at the landing. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2009



From the landing: the stairs up to the mezzanine level of the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012


The view down from the mezzanine toward the main lobby and Broadway. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012


Another view out toward Broadway. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012


The side gallery house left looking toward Broadway. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012


A peek into the single stall restroom at the Broadway end of the house left gallery. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A look across the lobby from the house left gallery. It's a 2015 photo that appeared on a Facebook page that the Tower Theatre had at the time.



The stairs as seen from the house left gallery. It's a c.1992 photo by Berger Conser Architectural Photography from Anne Conser and Robert Berger's great book "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown." It's available on Amazon. See the Robert Berger Photography website for a portfolio of sixteen photos from "The Last Remaining Seats."



The coffered ceiling above one of the side galleries of the lobby. Photo: Escott O. Norton - 2012



Another side gallery ceiling detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The stairs into the balcony house left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



On the mezzanine: a look at the passage over to the house right side of the lobby. The stairs ahead on the left lead you up to the balcony cross aisle. Or take a right and walk toward Broadway along the the side gallery overlooking the lobby. Photo: Escott O. Norton - LAHTF - 2012



The vista toward Broadway from the mezzanine level of the lobby. Photo: Stephen Russo - LAHTF Facebook page - 2012

 

The side gallery house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The view into the lobby (and the stairs down) from house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



Another house right mezzanine level view. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The stairs into the balcony house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The marble drinking fountain near the stairs into the house right side of the balcony. Photo: Escott O. Norton - LAHTF - 2012



A lovely look out toward Broadway from the stairs. Thanks to the Broadway Theatre Group for the Gary Leonard photo. It's one appearing on the lobby photo gallery page of their Tower Theatre website.



An undated look toward Broadway taken when the Tower was still running as a film house. It's a photo from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. Rui Periera comments: "Early to mid 80's with that vid game machine. Wild guess it is PacMan."

Julian David Segovia adds: "Now THIS the Tower Theater I remember as a child. To the right of the Pac Man was a Galaxian arcade cab., later on it was changed to Pole Position. I fondly remember because mom took me to see The Clash of the Titans (1981) at the Tower... for years believing the Tower was Medusa's temple. Afterwards, mom would take me to Woolworth's for a slice o' pizza, then off to the Sassony arcade for more arcade fun. My reward for behaving and being quietisito at church, Saturday afternoons."

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