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Variety Arts Theatre: interior views

940 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015 | map |

Also see: Variety Arts Theatre: history + exterior views

The outer lobby: 


A 1924 Mott Studios lobby photo in the California State Library collection. It's one of twelve photos of the building in their set #001384324.  Figueroa St. is off to the left, the inner lobby through the doors at the right. The doors were later removed.



A lobby view toward house right. The doors at the left go to the inner lobby. Straight ahead is the elevator lobby as well as stairs to the balcony. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1924



A lounge area. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1924 



A lobby view from the 2012 Curbed L.A. story "Touring South Park's...1924 Variety Arts Theatre,"  about the use of the building for a haunted house extravaganza. It features a wonderful 25 photo set by Elizabeth Daniels.



A look toward the exit doors. That's the elevator lobby through the doorway at the left. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014

Cap Equity brokers deals between various building owners and those seeking spaces for filming or other purposes. See their Variety Arts page for nearly 200 photos of the building. Thanks to Rebecca Reynoso for the use of the firm's photos.



The view back into the main lobby from the elevator lobby. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



Looking toward the house left side of the lobby and the boxoffice windows. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



The alcove beyond the boxoffice area with stairs to the basement and up to the balcony. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



The main lobby during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019


The elevator lobby:


A look at the stairs up to the balcony from the elevator lobby, off the house right (south) side of the main lobby. It's from the October 1924 issue of Architect and Engineer. They gave the building a big spread including thirteen photos in an article entitled "A New Club Building in Southern California."



The elevator lobby. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



Looking toward Figueroa St. and into the main lobby. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014  



The elevators. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



The stairs house right, adjacent to the elevators. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



The elevator lobby during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019


The inner lobby: 


A nook in the inner lobby. Photo: Architect and Engineer - October 1924
 


A view in from the outer lobby. It's one of 72 photos from the Variety Arts Center page of the site The Location Portal. The firm represents property owners in negotiations with companies looking for locations for filming or special events.  



The inner lobby looking toward house left. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



The inner lobby toward house right. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014  


The auditorium of the main theatre: 


A main floor view. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1924



Another look toward the proscenium. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1924 



The house left wall from the main floor. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1924



A house right vista in the balcony. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1924



A ceiling detail. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1924



The house left wall from the balcony. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library - 1924



A look down the house left aisle. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



The view from the rear of the main floor house right. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014   



An evocative look to the rear. Photo: Elizabeth Daniels / Curbed L.A. - 2012



Another look to the rear. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



A classy view from Martin on his site You-Are-Here
 


A view along the house left wall from the stage. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



An impressionistic view across the house. Things were smoky for the haunted house event. Photo: Elizabeth Daniels / Curbed L.A. - 2012    



Across the front from house left. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



A look back up the side aisle. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



In the corridor leading to the house left side of the balcony. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



A peek into the balcony. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



The view across from house left. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



Up toward the booth. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



A look across the house from the sidewall arcade. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014 



A balcony view toward the stage. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



From the top of the balcony. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



Toward the rear of the auditorium along the house left balcony arcade. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014
 


A ceiling detail. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



Across the balcony from house right. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 


The auditorium during renovations:


A look toward the empty stage. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019

 

Toward house right. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019

 

 The rear of the 1,200 seat house. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019



Let's go to the booth! Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019

 
 
A look across from the side colonnade. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019


Stage and stage basement: 

Counterweight system: About 30 wire guide sets, operated at stage level stage right.

Flyfloors: Both stage left and stage right. There's a walkway between the two sides up against the back wall. Access is via a ladder on the back wall stage right.

Stage floor: Masonite over wood. It's all trappable.

Orchestra pit: Needs some work, including installation of a railing, to be usable again.  

Power: The company switch and main control area is off right. Whatever dimmer board was in the house in the 20s has been removed.

Dressing rooms: Stacked off left as well as in the basement.

Loading: The doors are upstage center, opening onto a parking lot behind the theatre.



The view from upstage right. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



 Another shot from stage right. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



Looking across from stage left. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



A look at the electrical installation and wire guide counterweight system stage right. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



A view from stage left during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019 



A view into the house. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019 



A dressing room corridor view. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



A basement dressing room. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014 



Another dressing room. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



In the trap room looking toward stage left. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014  



In the trap room looking toward stage right -- with stairs to the now-covered orchestra pit. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014


Other basement areas: 


The basement lounge area, used as a bar in the Variety Arts days. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014 



Another look at the basement bar area. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014



The bar during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019



Another bar view. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019  



A basement restroom. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014 



Another basement restroom view. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014



The restroom during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019



The electrical service gear. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014. See their page for photos of other basement areas.



Lost in the basement during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019



Another basement view. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019  


The mezzanine between 1st  and 2nd floors: 


On the mezzanine looking out onto the outer lobby. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014


The 2nd floor club spaces: 


A fireplace detail. Photo: Architect and Engineer - October 1924 



On the 2nd floor. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



The space dressed up for a Halloween haunted house. Photo: Elizabeth Daniels / Curbed L.A. - 2012



Another 2nd floor view. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014



The entrance to the former library during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019



A closer look at the fireplace area. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019  



The bar at the end of the space. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019  


The smaller upstairs theatre, 3rd floor: 


The rear of what was originally called the Lecture Hall.  Photo: Architect and Engineer - October 1924



A corner of the room. Photo: Architect and Engineer - October 1924



The lobby area for the smaller theatre. The elevators are behind us. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014   



A peek in toward the proscenium. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



The room with an earlier paint job. This 3rd floor theatre has a capacity of about 250. When Milt Larsen had the building he called it The Masquers Theatre. Photo: Elizabeth Daniels / Curbed L.A. -  2012



 A main floor view of the small theatre. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - c.2012



The area on the mezzanine at the rear of the small theatre. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



A look down toward the stage of the 250 seat third floor theatre from the mezzanine level between 3rd & 4th floors. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2012 



The rear of the third floor theatre. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2012



The theatre during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019


The 4th floor ballroom space: 


The foyer outside the ballroom/dining room. The windows on the left overlook Figueroa St. Photo: Architect and Engineer - October 1924 



The ballroom, here set up for a meal. We're looking east with the entrance to the kitchen behind the screen at the end of the room. Photo: Architect and Engineer - October 1924



A peek into the ballroom from the lobby area. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014  
 


The 4th floor ballroom set up as a club. We're looking toward Figueroa St. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014



Looking down into the ballroom after a bit of demo. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014



A view back toward the kitchen. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014



Looking back toward the ballroom lobby fronting on Figueroa St. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014



The ballroom during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019



The east end of the space. The kitchen is beyond. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019  



The 4th floor kitchen, on the east end of the ballroom. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014



The kitchen during renovations. That bricked-in stack is one of the two smoke vents coming up from the theatre's stagehouse. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019



Another kitchen view. We're at the east end of the building. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019  


The 5th floor:


Outside the elevators, on the southwest corner of the building. The rooms off to the left of the corridor overlook Figueroa St. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019
 


Farther down the corridor. Photo: The Location Portal - c.2014



The corridor during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019



The north end of the corridor. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019  



In the wood paneled room. We're looking west with the windows overlooking Figueroa St. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019  



A 5th floor meeting room. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



The meeting room during renovations. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019



Another room on 5. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - July 2019  

Thanks to The Location Portal for all their photos. Visit the Variety Arts Center page of their website for several hundred photos of all areas of the building. The firm represents property owners in negotiations with companies looking for locations for filming or special events. They can be reached at 310-928-3456.
  
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