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Globe Theatre: basement

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

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Under the auditorium: 


A wide angle look at the club area under the auditorium floor. We're looking toward house right with the stage basement off to the left. The exit behind us goes to the ladies lounge and up to the house left side of the main floor. Photo: Wendell Benedetti - LAHTF Facebook page - 2014

This area used to be a plenum for supply air to the auditorium. The ceiling slab here has plugged holes that used to be for mushroom diffusers under the seats.  Beyond that clump of sofas at the center is a tunnel under the orchestra pit to get you backstage.



The tunnel under the orchestra pit to the musicians' room and trap room beyond. There used to be a fire door at the other end. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



 Looking toward house right along the proscenium wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A bar at the house right side of the space. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



Looking into the mirrors at the end of the bar. Thanks to Sandi Hemmerlein for the photo, one of many fine views appearing with her 2014 Avoiding Regret photo essay "The Globe Theatre Under Construction." They were taken during a Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation tour of the building.

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A set of stairs on the house right wall near the bar. They're blocked off -- it used to be an exit up to the south exit passageway along side the theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The gloom in the house right corner farthest from the stage. There's an exit there to the men's room and house right stairs to the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A wide angle vista toward the house left side of the space.  Note the filled-in mushroom holes in the ceiling slab. The proscenium wall is off to our right. The door at the far right beyond the couches goes to an electric equipment room. Thanks to Hunter Kerhart for his 2014 photo. Keep up with his recent explorations: on Facebook | HunterKerhart.com | on Flickr

The black wall at the left is the west end of the plenum. There's a doorway to spaces closer to Broadway hiding behind the left column. The exit to the ladies lounge is way in the corner at the center of the image. The bar and exit to the men's room are out of the frame to the left.



Looking toward Broadway down the centerline of the space. The office building portion of the basement as well as former theatre office space and staff changing areas are down the passage. The chairs against the black door were the security precautions at the time. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A closer look toward the doorway to the electric room in the far house left corner of the space nearest to the proscenium wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The switchboard in the electric room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


 
Looking toward the corner in the house left side of the space farthest from the stage. The exit door goes to the area outside the ladies room and the stairs up to the house left side of the main floor. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


Under the inner lobby: 


The stripped out ladies room, ready for the renovation. We're under the house left end of the inner lobby that's at the rear of the main floor. There's a door out of the frame to the left leading to a small lounge space and the stairs up to house left. Thanks to Rebecca Reynoso of Cap Equity Locations [323-375-4192] for her 2014 photo. The firm brokers deals between property owners and those looking for filming locations or other special uses. The firm's Globe Theatre page has 60 photos to browse through.



Another exciting ladies room view. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



The stairs up from the area outside the ladies lounge. The men's room is similarly situated on the house right side. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2014



Looking up from the landing to main floor level. We're directly below the house left stairs to the 1st balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A pre-renovation view of the men's room. It's under the house right side of the inner lobby. The club area under the auditorium floor is off to the left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Another men's room view. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014  



The house right stairs up to the inner lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


Under the outer lobby:


In the middle of the basement just forward of the plenum space there's lots of electrical gear of various vintages. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

Off to the right it's the club space under the auditorium floor. In the nook there's a lovely marble-backed live front switchboard for the office building. Off to our left you're heading west under the lobby to the "big room" of the office building basement.



A wide-angle look at the marble office building switchboard. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



A closer look at the left side of the 1913 vintage switchboard. Note a few later additions at the left and ghosts of meters at the top right. Many of these switches were feeding sub panels in retail spaces as well as on each floor of the office building for lighting and receptacle loads. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

There are other pieces of abandoned electrical gear of various vintages in the basement as well as areas where equipment has been removed such as in the "big room" and in the boiler room. The current electrical service is alongside the building in the north exit passageway. 



3 phase disconnects of various vintages at the left end of the board. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Meter sockets and other gear at the right end of the main board. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Farther around the right end of the board are disconnects for 3 phase theatre loads. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Behind the marble switchboard. A lovely mess it is. At the left, we see that everything has been disconnected from the back of the board. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A branch circuit fuse panel with a marble interior. Similar panels are on each floor of the office building. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - 2014



In the big room. We're centered in the office building basement looking east back toward the stage. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

From this room you can go in all sorts of interesting directions. Through the door at the center of the photo you're heading east toward the club area in the plenum under the auditorium. The time clock for the marquee is just to the left of the doorway. The abandoned electrical gear including the marble backed board seen in earlier photos is through the doorway and off to the left..

The black door to the right (don't go in there!) gets you to a separate basement area for the retail space south of the theatre entrance as well as stairs up to the store. The black boards on the left side of the photo once had all sorts of electrical gear mounted on them. Look through holes in the boards and you get a view of the boiler room. The grey item near the corner is yet another piece of abandoned electrical switchgear.

Behind us going to the right there's a corridor heading south (around the south retail space basement area) leading to theatre office space and staff changing areas. There are also restrooms accessible from the south exit passageway that were once used for 2nd balcony patrons.

Behind us going to the left there's a corridor leading north to the office building elevator. Off to the left of the corridor closer to Broadway you're under the north retail spaces. Off to the right there are several office/storage rooms and the boiler room.



Looking along the east wall of the big room. We're just west of the room where the marble switchboard was. The time clock is for the theatre's marquee. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014



A 40s vintage Skouras-style chandelier alonng the north wall in the big room. Was the chandelier hanging in the center of the auditorium ceiling when the theatre closed in the 80s? It's unknown. The boiler room is behind this wall. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



In the big room looking toward Broadway. The wiring mess you're looking at is the main telephone terminal board for the Garland Building. Behind this wall is another storage room with the sprinkler system mains. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

Off to the right we're in a corridor heading north. At the extreme right edge of the photo is a sliver of light from a doorway heading under one of the north retail spaces.



In the big room under the outer lobby looking down the north corridor. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

Straight ahead and you end up under the office building lobby. The black door is the elevator. Off to the left and you're under the lobby and retail spaces north of the theatre entrance. Off to the right closest to us it's offices and storage rooms. The last doorway on the right gets you into the office building's boiler room.


The north side of the basement near Broadway: 


Along the corridor from the big room to the boiler room -- a peek into a storage room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Another exciting basement vista. It's a labyrinth. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014
In the boiler room under the rear of the office building lobby. We're about 40' back from Broadway. Off to the right from this photo we get a ventilation shaft and stairs up to the office building lobby. On the walls of the boiler room there's still a lot of control gear but all the equipment has vanished: no boiler, no motors, no pumps. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014
The east wall of the boiler room. We're looking north. Behind the gate, narrow stairs lead up to the rear of the office building lobby. That void on the left side of the photo is an airshaft up to the roof. The wires perhaps are feeders to office building sub-panels with a missing junction box. Behind us, we're close to the room in the middle of the basement with the main marble-backed office building electrical switchboard. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 

The narrow service stairs up to the back of the office building lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


The boiler room airshaft. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


A peek from the corridor into the area under the office building lobby and north retail space. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


Abandoned stairs up to the office building lobby. These look like they were never finished. There's a slab at the top closing them off. They would have come down from the front of the lobby, right off Broadway. Perhaps a tenant never materialized for this basement space. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


Looking away from Broadway back toward the corridor -- and the boiler room beyond. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


Looking back down the corridor toward the big room in the middle of the basement. We're looking south with Broadway off about 40' to our right. The boiler room is off to our left. Directly behind us is the elevator up to the office building lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014


The south side of the basement near Broadway:


We're west of the big room with that wall on the right located under the Broadway sidewalk. Through the door are the building's sprinkler mains. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A service passage along Broadway. The wall at the left is the west wall of the corridor leading to theatre office and changing areas. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Heading to offices and theatre staff lockers. We're parallel to Broadway looking toward the southwest corner of the basement. It's unknown whether or not the skeleton belonged to the Mexican wax museum once on the 3rd floor. That drywalled area to the left is the storage area for the retail space just south of the theatre entrance. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



In the front of the basement on the south side looking east toward the stage end of the building. The stairs used to go up to the south exit passageway. Restrooms for staff and, presumably, 2nd balcony patrons are to the right of the stairs. There are no restrooms up at the 2nd balcony level. Near us on the right, it looks like the candy storage room with the shelves and chickenwire. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



Looking out toward the stairs from an office in the southwest corner of the basement. Broadway is behind us. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A closer look at the stairs up to the exit passage along the south side of the theatre. The doorways to the right are to restrooms. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The staff and 2nd balcony restrooms. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



The stairs out -- now blocked. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 



Looking back toward Broadway at the storage areas, offices and a staff locker room. Beyond these little rooms at the left is the south wall of the building -- beyond that you'd be in the Chapman Building basement. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



A light fixture, possibly original. This one was used in the club in recent years. The sockets are new and that aluminum quick-link certainly wasn't part of the original hanging hardware. Stylistically, this
matches the much larger octagonal fixtures from the Broadway lobby that were found stashed on the 3rd floor of the Garland Building. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014



More fixtures from the theatre. Some 40s stuff, some earlier. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

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