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Los Angeles Theatre: basement - intermediate lounge level

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We're down at the intermediate lounge level looking back up to the the main floor inner lobby. The lights at the top are those above a bar location.  Photo: Bill Counter - 2013  



A detail of the ceiling above the top of the stairs as you come down from the main floor. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009. See her Los Angeles Theatre set on Flickr for 72 great views of the theatre.



Another look at the ceiling. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013  



The stairway at the intermediate lounge level. At center, we go back up to the main floor. The main lounge is down another level via the stairs at the left or right. Thanks to Angelo Costa for his photo, one taken after the installation of new carpet in 2016. It appears on the Sandra Costa Design Group Facebook page as well as in the Los Angeles Theatre set on the Angelo Costa Photography website.

The carpet design was a joint project of Daelen Cory and Paul L'Esperance of L' Esperance Design, Sandra Costa of Sandra Costa Design Group and SDE Carpet Technology.



Looking south across the stairs. Photo: Floyd B. Bariscale - 2009. Check out his Big Orange Landmarks blog, the Los Angeles Theatre article and the 93 item Los Angeles Theatre set on Flickr.



In the middle of the lounge looking west back toward the stairs, here seen with the older carpet on them. We're looking toward the stage end of the building. Thanks to Don Solosan for the 2009 photo taken for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation.

The LAHTF is active in promoting awareness of the historic theatres of Los Angeles and works toward their preservation. They frequently offer tours and sponsor other events related to historic preservation. www.lahtf.org | group Facebook page | official Facebook page



Looking east into the lounge from the stairs. Once upon a time, the area behind the center window was used for live radio broadcasts of performances at the theatre. The door on the right leads to the theatre's offices, the one on the left to a storage area that was formerly a checkroom. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2009



A closer look at the chandelier. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF - 2009 



A straight up chandelier view from Greg Velasquez on Instagram in 2015. The photo accompanies Bianca Barragan's L.A. Curbed article: "Stunning Looks inside 7 of Broadway's Rarely opened Theatres." The piece features many other theatre photos taken during the January 2015 "Night on Broadway."



The south wall of the intermediate lounge. Two doorways have been cut into the wall panels to provide access to the basement under the south retail space for additional event areas and storage. Photo: Ȑoobik Boodaghians - 2013



The basement of the south storefront seen through the arches in the photo above. The oval rug, frequently used in the main lounge, is the last remnant of the theatre's original 1931 carpeting. See the retail & support areas page for more photos of the basement spaces. Photo: Ȑoobik Boodaghians - 2013



A closer view of the east wall. At the far right is one of the arches going into the retail space basement. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



The office doorway. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



A lounge plaster detail. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



The big window with the blinds open. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009



Another look across the window. Note the speaker behind the plaster filigree. Photo: Floyd B. Bariscale - 2009. Thanks, Floyd!



The east wall north of the office window. The door goes to a storage area. Photo: Ȑoobik Boodaghians - 2013



A detail of the grille in the door. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013 



The north side of the intermediate lounge. The right doorway is the storage room. The openings in the two left arches are not original. Like what was done on the other side of the lounge, these lead into the basement at this level below the north storefront.  If you go through the arches and down one more level you're in the main electrical and mechanical rooms for the building. Photo: Ȑoobik Boodaghians - 2013



Looking east toward Broadway in the basement space below the north storefronts. The doorways at the right with the black drapes get you out to the intermediate lounge. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



The north stairs down to the main lounge. Photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009



A wide angle view of the space from the south side of the stairs. Those two arches to the far left aren't really mirrors -- it's just pieces of mylar to keep people out of the basement space under the north storefronts. Photo: Angelo Costa Photography- 2016



A look down the south flight of stairs to the main lounge. Photo: Angelo Costa Photography- 2016. Thanks, Angelo!


Vintage intermediate lounge views:


Looking toward the east wall of the lounge. The signs over the doors say "Check Room" on the left and "Offices" on the right. The stairs either up to the lobby or down to the main lounge are behind us. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library set # 001454717 - 1931



A view looking around more to the south wall. The area with the mirror and cabinet on the right has been opened up for access to the basement space associated with the south storefronts. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library set # 001387263 - 1931



A wider view of the east and south walls. How nice. They've brought in some flowers. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library set # 001387267 - 1931



A furniture detail on the north wall. That arch is now an open doorway into the basement below the north retail space. Photo: Mott Studios - California State Library set # 001387267 - 1931



The intermediate lounge's newly installed fruit juice bar in 1944. "Refreshing ice cold drinks are served here for your enjoyment, during all hours of the theatre's operation." Thanks to Wally Shidler for the photo. It's from the program for MGM's "National Velvet" at the Los Angeles. Also thanks to Michelle Gerdes for finding the program in the collection and photographing it.

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