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Orpheum Theatre: lobbies and lounges

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

The Orpheum Theatre pages:  history | vintage exterior views | recent exterior views | lobbies and lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | booth | backstage | lofts |  

The main lobby:


A peek into the main lobby from Broadway. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010



The outer lobby during the very busy January 2018 "Night on Broadway" event. Thanks to Mike Hume for his photo. Visit his Historic Theatre Photography site for tech data and hundreds of terrific photos of the theatres he's explored. And don't miss his page on the Orpheum.



The torchiere at the bottom of the stairs. Photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation - c.2009. Thanks, Don!

The LAHTF is actively involved in the study and preservation of the vintage theatres in the Los Angeles area. The group frequently supports events and offers tours of the buildings. www.lahtf.org | group Facebook page | official FB page 



Another torchiere view. It's a c.2006 photo from L.A. Time Machine, a now-vanished website.



Looking across to house left in 1926. Note the drapery treatment on the upper portion of the left wall and the original look of the chandeliers. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.



Across to house left in 2006. Thanks to Kolby for his photo, one in a Broadway Tour set on Flickr taken during an L.A. Conservancy walking tour of the theatre district.



A look up to the balcony promenade during the January 2018 "Night on Broadway." Photo: Mike Hume.



The house left stairs to the balcony. Go around the corner to the right and the stairs down to the basement lounges are underneath this staircase.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Looking back toward Broadway from house left in 1926. Check out that carpet! Thanks to the Orpheum Theatre for the photo. It's one that appears on their website's Gallery page with many other fine views.



Another 1926 view toward Broadway taken a bit closer to the exits. It appears in "American Theatres of Today" by R.W. Sexton and B. F. Betts. The two volumes of the book were published in 1927 and 1930 by the Architectural Book Publishing Co, New York. It was reprinted in one volume in 1977 by the Vestal Press, New York. Thanks to Mike Hume for including a pdf of the four pages of Orpheum material from the book on his Historic Theatre Photography page about the theatre. 



A look back toward Broadway in 2014. Thanks to Hunter Kerhart for his photo. Keep up with his recent explorations: on Facebook | HunterKerhart.com | on Flickr



The wide angle view from house left. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



A peek into the house left aisle. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 


Heading up to the balcony:


The house right stairs to the balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The view from the landing. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



Looking back down the house right stairs toward the entrance. The green area is the inside of the elevator. At the left we're looking into the house right aisle. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Up toward the house right end of the balcony lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The house right end of the balcony level lobby. The stairs go up to the top of the balcony house right. The arch leads to lower level balcony seating, the square doorway beyond is the elevator. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

The balcony promenade is through the arch at the far left of the image. The sign is directing you left to the men's room at the other end of the promenade or right to the balcony ladies rest room tucked underneath the stairs.



Thanks to Alison Martino for this nice detail of the directional sign, taken during the 2015 "Night on Broadway." It's on Instagram.



Looking in toward the balcony crossaisle. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The balcony promenade from house right. The stairs take you up to the top of the balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Another promenade view from house right. Thanks to the Orpheum Theatre for the photo. It's one that appears on their website's Gallery page with many other fine views.



The promenade during the January 2018 "Night on Broadway." The blue neon sign tells you the bar is open in a lounge created from former retail space north of the theatre. Photo: Mike Hume



The balcony level promenade from house left. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - c.2009 



A peek out from the balcony promenade toward the upper level of the main lobby. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



The view toward Broadway from the house left end of the balcony lobby. The promenade and auditorium are off to the left. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - c.2009. Thanks again, Don!



 A chandelier detail. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



The balcony lobby on the house left end. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Looking across to the house left end of the lobby from the balcony promenade. Thanks to Robert Berger and Anne Conser for the great photo, one from their 1992 book "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown." It's available on Amazon. The Robert Berger Photography website has a portfolio of sixteen photos to browse from the book.



A closer look through the arch to the house left stairs. They continue to the upper level of the balcony. There's no lobby at the top -- stairs on both sides just come onto a crossaisle behind the last row of seats. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Looking down the house left stairs from the landing at the top of the balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014  


Down to the main lounge in the basement: 


The house right stairs down from the lobby. We're just inside the main entrance from Broadway. The stairs above us go up to the balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The basement elevator lobby. Follow that arrow into the lounge. That's the men's room this side of the elevator. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The men's room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Looking back up the west stairs to the main lobby. Photo: Stephen Russo - 2013



The lounge as viewed from the elevator lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



Looking east into the basement lounge. The ladies room and the house left stairs are at the far end. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2013. Thanks, Don!



The north wall fireplace. Photo: Stephen Russo - 2013



 A look at the ceiling above the fireplace. Photo: Stephen Russo - 2013



A corner detail. It's a c.2006 photo from the now-vanished website L.A. Time Machine.



A portion of the south wall. Photo: Stephen Russo - 2013. Thanks, Stephen! 



A look back through the lounge toward the elevator lobby. Down at the end the men's room and elevator are off to the left, the main stairway up to the Broadway end of the lobby to the right. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014. Keep up with Hunter's recent explorations: on Facebook | HunterKerhart.com | on Flickr



The east end of the lounge. Through the doorway we see the stairs up to the house left end of the main lobby. The ladies room is just around the corner to the right. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



The ladies room. The spaces off to the right have many additional toilets that the original layout lacked. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Another view of the ladies room sink area. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Ladies room toilet stalls. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A former ladies lounge area at the east end of the basement lounge, now repurposed as a bar. Photo: Bill Counter - 2017



Another view of the ladies lounge/bar area. Photo: Bill Counter - 2017



The east stairs back up to the house left end of the main lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


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