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Palace Theatre: recent auditorium views

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On the main floor: 


A look in from the rear of the main floor. Broadway Theatre Group gave the house a $1 restoration to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2011. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014. Keep up with Hunter's recent explorations: on Faceboook | HunterKerhart.com | on Flickr



The illuminated frosted glass panels under the front edge of the 1st balcony -- and the ceiling mural beyond. The glass panels came along later. In 1911 the bulbs were exposed. Thanks to Sandi Hemmerlein for the photo. Head to her Avoiding Regret photo essay about the July 2012 LAHTF tour to see the rest of the set of 28 photos: "Downtown LA's Palace Theatre, Restored (But Not Completely)."

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A 2015 "Night on Broadway" view. Thanks to Mike Hume for the photo, part of his Night on Broadway set on Flickr. Visit the Palace Theatre page on his Historic Theatre Photography site for more of his great work.



A look across the auditorium on June 25, 2011, the eve of the Palace's 100th birthday. The event was Ed Kelsey's presentation "Broadway at 100." It's a photo that appeared on the Bringing Back Broadway Facebook page. See the page's 100th Birthday Album for more views of the celebration.



A delicious look across the main floor of the Palace during the June 26, 2011 100th birthday celebration. The feature film was "Sunset Boulevard." The feature was on 35mm from the booth on the 1st balcony level. The projector you see here on the main floor was for a slide presentation. The L.A. Times story "Palace Marks 100th Anniversary..." by Bob Poole included this photo by Luis Sinco.



A c.2009 main floor view by Gary Leonard showing the look of the house prior to the 2011 restoration work. Thanks to Broadway Theatre Group for the photo. It's one of many great views in the Palace Theatre website photo gallery's auditorium album.



The rear of the main floor before the 2011 renovations. It's a Gary Leonard photo in the Palace Theatre's auditorium album.



A look across the main floor before a 2006 Los Angeles Conservancy film screening at the Palace. Thanks to Don Solosan for his photo.



A proscenium plaster detail taken at a 2006 L.A. Conservancy screening. It's a photo from Pleasure Palate on Flickr. See the '06 Last Remaining Seats set for 48 nice shots of the theatre.



40s vintage balcony soffit light fixtures at the rear of the main floor. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret - 2012



Across the stage into the wings. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



A detail of the wall treatment at one of the side exits. Thanks to Albert Domasin for his 2012 photo, one appearing in LAHTF Tour of the Palace Theatre, his 63 photo set on Flickr.



Cornucopia ornament above an exit door prior to restoration. Thanks to Pleasure Palate on Flickr for the 2006 photo, appearing in their '06 Last Remaining Seats set. 



A pre-restoration view of ornament on a column near one of the murals. Thanks to Will Campbell for the photo. See his full 2009 A Morning at the Palace Theater set on Flickr.



A look up one of the columns. Photo: Leo Quijano II - 2013



A plaster detail house right. Photo: Leo Quijano II - 2013



Looking up the main floor house right aisle from the stairs up to the former box area. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A wide angle view house right. The stairs would have taken you up to the upper proscenium boxes - but they're gone. It also serves as an exit from the front of the first balcony. The little doorway goes backstage. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



The house left mural area -- once the site of an amazing array of proscenium boxes. Photo: Robert Rosenblum - Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page - 2013. Thanks, Robert!



A closer look at the house left mural. Thanks to Stephen Russo for his photo, originally appearing as a post on the L.A. Conservancy Facebook page.



A detail from the house left mural. Thanks to the Bringing Back Broadway Facebook page for the photo.



The route to backstage from the house left side aisle. The stairs go up behind what used to be the boxes and on to the 1st balcony Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A look up the house left aisle. Thanks to Albert Domasin for his 2012 photo, one appearing in LAHTF Tour of the Palace Theatre, his 63 photo set on Flickr.



The auditorium ready for the January 2014 "Day on Broadway" event. Photo: Hunter Kerhart



A closer view of the house right mural, executed by Anthony Heinsbergen. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2011. Thanks, Wendell! Also see his photo of the house left mural.



A detail from the house right mural. It's a photo that appeared on the Bringing Back Broadway Facebook page.



The two balconies and the rear of the ceiling from the main floor. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A lovely shot of the rear of the house used to advertise the November 2015 Cinespia showing of "Rushmore." The photo appeared on the Cinespia Facebook page.



A wide angle shot from the stage. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2012



A great view looking back into the auditorium at the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation sponsored "Broadway at 100" event. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - hi-res version on Flickr - May 25, 2011



A look at toward the rear of the auditorium before the 2011 renovations. Thanks to Broadway Theatre Group for the Gary Leonard photo. It's one of many great views in the Palace Theatre website photo gallery's auditorium album.



The auditorium ceiling from onstage. Thanks to August Bradley for the 2014 photo. It originally appeared on the Palace Theatre Facebook page. It's also on the Palace Theatre website, with many other terrific photos.


Up in the 1st balcony:


The 1st balcony vomitory house left -- looking back to the lobby stairs. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The 1st balcony vomitory house right -- looking back to the lobby stairs. Take a sharp right before the stairs and you're in the balcony restroom area. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



 A 2017 "Night on Broadway" view. Photo: Mike Hume - Historic Theatre Photography



A December 2015 view across the packed house with "Gremlins" on the big screen. It's a photo that's appeared on the Cinespia Facebook page and also on the Palace Theatre Facebook page.



A 1st balcony view during the 2015 "Night on Broadway." Photo: Mike Hume - Historic Theatre Photography. Thanks, Mike! The photo is part of his Night on Broadway set on Flickr. 



The 1st balcony from house right. The three talented theatre photographers in the picture are Stephen Russo, Hunter Kerhart and Katie Kerhart. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The wide-angle view with the stage setup for a film. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



Up toward the ceiling from house right. Thanks to Leo Leo Quijano II for his photo taken at the June 2013 L.A. Conservancy screening of "La Bamba."



An evocative view onto the bare stage from the 1st balcony. Thanks to August Bradley for the 2014 photo, one appearing on the Palace Theatre Facebook page.



A lovely view across from house left. "America's Vanishing Historic Movie Theatres," a July 2014 Slate article by David Rosenberg, profiled various theatres across the country using photographs by Stephanie Klavens. The Palace and the Alex in Glendale were those featured from the Los Angeles area.

 

A panoramic look at the theatre from the 1st balcony house left. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2012



Another view across the 1st balcony toward where the boxes used to be. Thanks to Michelle Gerdes for the 2011 photo. See her Palace Theatre set on Flickr for many more interior views -- most taken during the theatre's 100th birthday celebration on June 26, 2011.

 

A detail of the area above the house right mural. Photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation - c. 2009



A pre-restoration view of the house right mural. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010



The top of the proscenium. Photo: Stephen Russo - L.A. Conservancy Facebook page - 2011. Thanks, Stephen! Also see his 2011 top of proscenum detail on the Conservancy's page and a 2012 center mural photo on the LAHTF Facebook page.



A closer look at the draperies and the area above the proscenium. Thanks to Don Solosan for his c.2009 photo.



A detail of the top of the proscenium. Photo: Robert Rosenblum - 2013



The "muse" above the proscenium. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2012



The three ceiling coves. It's a 2011 photo by Stephen Russo on the L.A. Conservancy Facebook page.



A fine view back in the other direction. We're looking at the ceiling pointed back toward the balconies. Photo: Robert Rosenblum - 2013



The main mural in the cove above the proscenium. Photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation - c. 2009



A closer look at the main ceiling mural. It's a photo from the Palace Theatre that appeared on the Palace Theatre Facebook page in 2015. Also see a slightly wider photo of the area that was on the theatre's Facebook page.



The house left rear ceiling mural. Photo: Floyd Bariscale - 2009. The view appears in Mr. Bariscale's Flickr collection. Don't miss his articles on Los Angeles landmarks that have appeared on his blog Big Orange Landmarks. Thanks, Floyd!



The acrobatic young lady appearing in the house right rear ceiling mural. Thanks to the Palace Theatre for the photo. It originally appeared on the Palace Theatre Facebook page in 2014.



The view across toward the booth. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



A 40s vintage light fixture at the rear of the 1st balcony. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - Avoiding Regret - 2012



A 2009 pre-restoration look at one of the fixtures. Thanks to Will Campbell for the photo. See his 65 photo A Morning at the Palace Theater set on Flickr for many interesting shots. 



The rear of the 1st balcony house right. That fire door gets you into the office building where you can access the house right stairs to the 2nd balcony -- in the boxed in area to the left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Down toward the stage from the rear of the 1st balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The stairs down at the front of the 1st balcony house right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The upper landing on the stairs down from the front of the balcony house right. Note the trim to the left of the coat hooks -- it's where you would have walked out into the box seating area. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The lower landing on the stairs down from the front of the 1st balcony house right. Down the stairs and you're in the house right side aisle. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A c.2009 Gary Leonard photo showing the house before the 2011 renovations. Thanks to Broadway Theatre Group for the photo. It's one of many great views in the Palace Theatre website photo gallery's auditorium album.



Another view down c.2009. It's a Gary Leonard photo appearing in the Palace Theatre website photo gallery's auditorium album.


Up in the 2nd balcony: 


The 2nd balcony entrance house left. The 2nd balcony stairs on either side would get you down to street level without connecting to the 1st balcony or main lobby areas. This stair down (on the right) is blocked just down beyond the first turn. Its exit onto Broadway had been on the north side of the building (matching the doorway to the office building on the south side) but that has become expanded retail space. In the 2nd balcony "lobby" (really just a corridor) the men's room is back there in the corner right above the stairs. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2015

The 2nd balcony has been closed to the public for decades -- perhaps since the early 30s. Until recently, part of the area was occupied by an air conditioning system, removed during the 2011 restoration work. At one point, the building's owners were intending to turn this balcony into a VIP area.



The house right stairs to the 2nd balcony. Yes, there would have been a railing where the cone and tape are. Down the stairs on the left we see on the landing an open doorway that leads to the 2nd floor of the office building. The stairs turn right at the landing and continue down to the exit passageway south of the theatre with the entrance doors just east of the office building lobby.

The narrow walkway we see to the right goes back to the 2nd balcony "lobby," a corridor leading to the ladies room (behind that lit hole in the wall), vomitories to the upper seating section of the 2nd balcony, and on over to the other side. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2016



An impressionistic look across the 2nd balcony. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - 2015. He noted that coming into the second balcony when it's dark up there (and the lower levels of the theatre are lit) everything looks black and it takes your eyes a few minutes to adjust.



A view across from the house right side. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2016



Another look down onto the stage. Thanks to Will Campbell for his 2009 photo on Flickr



Another look across with a better look at the rear domes. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2015



The vista across below the crossaisle. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2015



The crossaisle from house right -- and a glimpse out to the 2nd balcony "lobby." The openings we see in the wall on the upper side of the crossaisle get you out to the 2nd balcony lobby. Access to seating on the upper section of the 2nd balcony is from that corridor. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2015



From the 2nd balcony lobby, a look up through one of one of the vomitories leading to the upper section of seats. Photo: Bill Counter - 2016



The view from the upper section of seating back down into the 2nd balcony lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2016



A look toward the rear of the upper seating area -- and a view of the original bench seating. Thanks to Sandi Hemmerlein for her photo, one included in her photo essay "Downtown LA's Palace Theatre, Restored (But Not Completely)" about the July 2012 LAHTF tour.



A look back in the upper house left corner. Thanks to Will Campbell for the photo. See his full 2009 A Morning at the Palace Theater set on Flickr. 



The wide angle view from the top. Look at the matching sets of double doors on each side of front of the balcony. The ones on the right get you down a dedicated stairway straight to the alley. The ones at the left are not exit doors at all -- they lead to the attic. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2016



In the attic via the double doors at the front of the 2nd balcony house left. The plank walkway gets you up around the proscenium cove. The concrete wall at the left is the front of the stagehouse. Note the front of the 2nd balcony seating section through the doors at the right. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2016



Note the hole in the plaster in the lower left in the photo above. This is the view through the hole. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2016



The angle to the stage from near the exit doors at the front of the balcony house right. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2016. Thanks, Hunter! Keep up with his latest explorations explorations: on Facebook | HunterKerhart.com | on Flickr



The view down the house right stairs to the alley from the front of the 2nd balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2016

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