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Globe Theatre: lobby areas

744 S. Broadway | map |

Note: The pages about the Globe Theatre are [slowly] getting moved to this site. Until the project is complete you might want to head to the main Globe Theatre page on the old platform for navigation assistance. New pages include: recent auditorium views | earlier auditorium views | attic | backstage | basement | garland building |

The ticket lobby: 

The ticket lobby in the early 40s. It's a detail from a photo from the collection of Jack Tillmany that's in the Tom B'hend-Preston Kaufmann Collection, part of the AMPAS Margaret Herrick Digital Library Collections.

The island boxoffice of course wasn't original. Nor was the position of the entrance doors. They were originally much deeper in the space, providing for a long open-air lobby space similar to the configuration that still exists at the Palace.

A detail from a 1945 photo by Harry E. Surerus that gives us a better look at the position of the entrance doors in this era. The full image includes a nice view of the marquee. The photo was once in the collection of Tony Heinsbergen. Thanks to Tom Ohmer for finding it in the Tom B'hend-Preston Kaufmann collection. It has also made appearances on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles and with a May 2014 Curbed L.A. article.

The ticket lobby in 1976 all dressed up as a burlesque theatre for the Peter Hyams film "Peeper" (20th Century Fox).

The look inside in the 70s as seen in "Peeper." This inner portion of the ticket lobby had been made into a main lobby area for the theatre in the 30s by the relocation of the entrance doors closer to Broadway. That's Michael Caine dashing in from Broadway trying to rescue Natalie Wood from her kidnapper. See the Historic L.A. Theatres in Movies post for more shots from the film.

The theatre's entrance repurposed as retail space in the 1990s. The image is a detail from a photo on the fine Broadway Theater Tour on the website of Grace Market Research.

Looking toward Broadway from the former island boxoffice location. Thanks to Hunter Kerhart for his 2014 photo. Keep up with his recent explorations: on Facebook | | on Flickr

A view from deeper in the space. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

For decades there had been a dropped ceiling hiding this 1913 vintage plasterwork. The outer area that became a reduced size ticket lobby in the 30s got a lowered ceiling first. With the retail conversion in the late 1980s, a dropped ceiling was added in the rest of the space and it was walled off from the auditorium. When the theatre was used as a club the entrance was via the alley. Part of the $5 million renovation program begun in 2013 by Erik Chol was to open this space and give the theatre a presence on Broadway once again.

The ticket lobby ceiling. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013

Note the octagonal molding around the fixture boxes seen in the previous photo. These are probably fixtures once there. At the time of the photo, these were up on the 3rd floor of the Garland Building. Other smaller fixtures of the same style (along with a few 40s Skouras-style monstrosities) were found in the basement. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

Another look at one of the lobby fixtures. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 

The south wall. At the extreme left are the house right stairs to the 1st balcony. Even before this was covered by drywall as part of the retail conversion, the lobby had seen a lot of renovations over the years. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013

The original ticket windows were along this wall. Some of the bays on this side are plaster, some drywall. The ones closest to Broadway have a scagliola finish simulating marble -- perhaps they're original. There also was a bit of a greyish/bluish deco wallpaper design surviving. And if that's not enough variety, some bays have the much later installation of mirrors.

A south wall detail. We're at the inner end of the space. The original entrance doors would have been at the left of the mirror. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

A south wall plaster detail. Note the later deco design wallpaper in the bay at the right. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

Another south wall detail, here looking at two of the bays with drywall, not original plaster. Thanks to Sandi Hemmerlein for her photo. It's one of many fine views appearing with her 2014 Avoiding Regret photo essay "The Globe Theatre Under Construction."

The north wall. Note the sprinkler heads hanging down at the level of the dropped ceiling that had been installed for retail use. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013 

A section of the 1913 mosaic tile floor reappears. Thanks to the Globe proprietor Erik Chol for the  February 2014 photo. Erik and his associates worked down through a hundred years of grime and glue to investigate the building's original finishes.

The lobby's tile floor revealed after many, many hours of work. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014 

At the Broadway end of the space looking toward the stage. The 30s vintage entrance doors part way into the space are long gone. In 1913 the entrance doors would have been at the far end of this space where the coffered ceiling ends. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

A look from the end of the ticket lobby through the inner lobby space to the stage. In 1913 there was a standee rail in line with the columns. It was made into a solid wall with doors added when the house went to movies. That was removed after the theatre closed in the 80s. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013

Installing the new mirrors. Thanks to Erik Chol for the May 2014 photo

A view from Broadway after the replacement of missing mirrors. Thanks to Elizabeth Daniels for the January 2015 photo, one that appeared with "Touring the Secret Passages of Broadway's 101-Year-Old Globe...," Bianca Barragan's Curbed L.A. story about the progress of the project. The article included 33 photos by Ms. Daniels.

Recent ticket lobby views:

The ticket lobby's first public appearance since the 1980s was the night of the marquee relighting ceremony, June 24, 2014. At that time the rest of the theatre was still off limits as construction was underway and an occupancy permit was lacking. Thanks to Stephen Russo for his photo taken that night. It appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is actively involved in the study and preservation of the vintage theatres in the L.A. area. The group frequently supports events and offers tours of the buildings. | group Facebook page | official FB page

The lobby during the January 2015 "Night on Broadway." Thanks to Mike Hume for his photo, one that is part of his "Night on Broadway" set on Flickr.

Checking out the mirrors at the 2015 "Night on Broadway."  It's a Zachary Pincus-Roth photo on Instagram that appeared with Bianca Barragan's L.A. Curbed article: "Stunning Looks Inside 7 of Broadway's Seldom Seen Theatres."

A look toward Broadway after entrance doors and bar area had been installed. Thanks to Wendell Benedetti for his July 2015 photo, added as a comment to a post of his on the LAHTF Facebook page.

The new entrance doors as viewed from Broadway. Thanks to Wendell Benedetti for his July 2015 photo on the LAHTF Facebook page.

A north wall view looking toward Broadway. Thanks to Mike Hume for his 2017 photo. Head to his Historic Theatre Photography site for tech info and many fine photos of the theatres he's explored. And don't miss his page on the Globe Theatre.

 The lobby during the in January 2018 "Night on Broadway" event. Photo: Mike Hume

The inner lobby:

The inner lobby in the 70s when the area was still walled off from the auditorium. It's a shot from the Peter Hyams film "Peeper" (20th Century Fox, 1976). That's Michael Caine heading up the house right stairs. The manager, on the right, is going to chase him around the building to try to get him to buy a ticket.

Caine going in to the house right aisle in a shot from "Peeper." The stairs get you up to the 1st balcony level but not on to the 2nd. There are separate stairs accessed in the exit passages north and south of the theatre for that. See the Historic L.A. Theatres in Movies post for more shots from the film.

The house right stairs in the Club 740 days. Thanks to The Location Portal for the photo, one that used to be on their page about the theatre. The firm brokers deals with property owners for those looking for venues for filming or special event uses.

The inner lobby during the Club 740 setup. At the time of the photo the ticket lobby (behind the bar) was walled off from the theatre and was being used for retail. The club's entrance was through the alley. Photo: The Location Portal

A wider view toward the inner lobby spaces as they were set up for Club 740. Photo: The Location Portal

The opened up lobby areas as seen from the middle of the auditorium. At the end of the ticket lobby there's a bit of light coming in from Broadway. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013

The house right side of the inner lobby after a bit of demo in 2013. That's the opened up ticket lobby space heading toward Broadway on the right. Photo: Hunter Kerhart

In 1913 the entrance doors would have been just this side of the mirror we see at the right. On the line of the columns it was an open standee rail with the seating beginning this side of the columns. When the house went to movies that standee rail was replaced with a full height wall to provide a separate lobby. Here we see it opened up again.  

Restoration work on the stairs. It was a long process getting down to the original 1913 marble after removing layers of carpet, pad, paint and grime. Photo: Erik Chol, Globe Threatre - 2013

Another look to house right. Note the missing ceiling above. Take the stairs up and you're in the 1st balcony. The doors go out to an exit passageway and to stairs down to the basement men's room. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

The stairs to the basement men's room. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - 2014

Up to the landing house right. Photo: Sandi Hemmerlein - 2014

From the landing looking into the house right side of the 1st balcony. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

The view back down to the landing. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014 

The house right stairs. The stairs to the men's room are directly below. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

Looking into the void of the missing inner lobby ceiling. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

A view forward at the structure of the 1st balcony. The new-ish decking is at the rear of the 1st balcony where the original seating risers got removed and the area leveled. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

Looking across to house left. A left under the stairs gets you down to the ladies room and into the club space in the plenum. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

The house right end of the inner lobby and the ticket lobby as viewed from the auditorium. That's the front of the 1st balcony at the top of the photo. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013

In the inner lobby looking up at 80s vintage decking. At the bottom of the photo we look out to original plasterwork in the ticket lobby leading to Broadway. Above us in the inner lobby, all the original ceiling has been removed. Not just here in the center but off above the stairs on either side as well. The decking was installed to level out the first balcony. Except for a bit on either side, the risers above the crossaisle were removed and replaced by a flat floor. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013

Looking out toward Broadway from the inner lobby. In 1913 the entrance doors would have been where we see the decorative coffered ceiling beginning. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2014

A closer look at the underside of the concrete encased beam seen in the previous photo. The plaster seen at the bottom of the photo is the beginning of the decorative ceiling in the ticket lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

The house left end of the inner lobby. Go out the exit door and down under the balcony stairs and you're at the ladies lounge or you can continue to the club space in the former plenum under the auditorium. You can also exit to a passageway along the north side of the theatre. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013

The house left stairs as viewed from what once was about three rows from the back of the seating area. It would have ended at the columns. Note on the floor near the left column an indication of where an aisle had been.  Photo: Hunter Kerhart - 2013

The view down the house left stairs. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014

A look toward Broadway. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - January 2014

Looking toward the stage. Note the new steel stud framing overhead to fill in missing inner lobby ceiling. Photo: Hunter Kerhart - April 2014. Thanks, Hunter! Keep up with his recent explorations: on Facebook | | on Flickr

House right in June 2014 after the ceiling had been filled in and work had begun on a new bar area. Thanks to Rebecca Reynoso of Cap Equity Locations [323-375-4192] for this and other photos appearing on these pages. The firm brokers deals between property owners and those looking for filming locations or other special uses. Their Globe Theatre page has 60 photos to browse through.

House left as work continued. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - June 2014 

Looking down the house left stairs. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - June 2014

The stage from the inner lobby. Note the new ceiling overhead. Photo: Elizabeth Daniels - Curbed L.A. - January 2015. Thanks, Elizabeth!

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