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Palace Theatre: vintage auditorium views

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Nearly ready to open in 1911. It's a photo from the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



A look down at the new theatre from the 2nd balcony. That's the asbestos we're seeing with the trompe l'oeil drapery folds. Note that at this level it was regular theatre seats in the lower section of the balcony. Above the crossaisle it was bench seating. 

This is one of 21 photos of the theatre that appeared with the article "The New Orpheum Theater Building, Los Angeles" in the September 1911 issue of Architect and Engineer. Following the main article, G. Albert Lansburgh adds "An Architect's Tribute to Domingo Mora," the artist who did the sculptural work on the project. The issue can be viewed on Internet Archive.  

Thanks to Mike Hume for finding the articles in Architect and Engineer. Visit his Historic Theatre Photography site for hundreds of great photos of theatres he's explored. And, of course, there's a lovely page on the Palace



A tinted postcard version of the photo above. The card is from the collection of Brooklyn-based theatre historian Cezar Del Valle. Check out his latest adventures on his Theatre Talks website and Theatre Talks blog. A version of the card is also on the site Card Cow.



A 1911 view across from the 1st balcony level from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. A version of the photo also appears in the September 1911 issue of Architect and Engineer.

The Architect and Engineer article noted: "The general color scheme is a warm roseate old gold and ivory, highlighted with bronze and burnished gold, which contrasts most successfully with the gendarme blue draperies and old rose curtain. There are several innovations worthy of note, such as the indirect lighting done by means of concealed lights and reflectors artfully hidden in the domes and penetrations of the ceiling..."



A lovely look at the house right boxes. Photo: Architect and Engineer - September 1911. A slightly cropped version of the photo appeared on the website of the Theatre Historical Society. Noirish Los Angeles contributor Ethereal Reality spotted it there and included it with other Palace views in his Noirish post #20960.



A detail of the upper boxes house right. Photo: Architect and Engineer - September 1911



A proscenium view from the 1st balcony. Photo: Architect and Engineer - September 1911



A ceiling detail. Photo: Architect and Engineer - September 1911



A closer look at the top of the proscenium. Photo: Architect and Engineer - September 1911. Thanks again to Mike Hume for finding the A&E photos.



A peek backstage from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. Note the annunciator announcing a "Pictorial Novelty." The Library dates this shot as from 1927 but it's probably earlier as Orpheum had moved their live shows down the street to their new theatre in 1926.



A c.1990 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. The photo is included on the Robert Berger Photography website in a portfolio of sixteen photos from "The Last Remaining Seats."  The photo also appears in the Palace Theatre website photo gallery's auditorium album. Head to the Palace's gallery page for the full tour of the theatre.



Thanks to Tom Zimmerman for this 1998 look at the bench seating in the 2nd balcony. It's a  photo in the California State Library collection.

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