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Pantages Theatre

Pantages Theatre

First Opened: 4th June 1930 (89 years ago)

Website: www.hollywoodpantages.com Open website in new window

Telephone: (323) 468-1770 Call (323) 468-1770

Address: 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Show address in Google Maps (new window)

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The Pantages was the United States’ first Art Deco theatre, completed in June 1930. No expense was spared on its opulent interior. For a time the theatre was owned by Howard Hughes who maintained his personal offices above the theatre. It is now owned and managed by the Nederlander Organization and was extensively refurbished 1999-2000. The theatre now brings Broadway hits to the Los Angeles and wider Southern California audiences.

The theatre was designed by B. Marcus Priteca and was the last theatre built by Alexander Pantages. The original plan called for 10 floors of office space above the 2 floors housing the theatre however the upper floors were scrapped during the theatre’s construction as a result of the 1929 Stock Market crash. Whereas it was originally designed with a mix of vaudeville and movies in mind, the Great Depression saw the theatre economize and show mostly movies, then in 1932 Pantages sold the theatre to Fox West Coast Theatres. Howard Hughes bought the theatre in 1949 as an addition to his RKO Theatre Circuit, and then in 1965 it was sold to Pacific Theatres. It is currently owned and operated by the Nederlander Organization.

The theatre was fully renovated and restored in 1999-2000 and now looks as good, if not better, than it did when it opened in 1930. The first production following restoration was the long-running (over 2 years) Disney’s “The Lion King”, which necessitated major works backstage in creating a 40ft by 40ft pit under the stage to house set pieces and hydraulics. Understage dressing rooms were relocated and the theatre now boasts an extremely flexible understage area which can accommodate any manner of openings in the stage floor.

The seating capacity was designed to be 3,212 however the theatre opened with a capacity of 2,812 by virtue of wider seats and increased legroom. The current seating capacity is 2,703. There are small side stages immediately flanking either side of the proscenium arch, and between those and the auditorium side walls are organ chambers, despite no organ ever having been installed in the theatre. The centerpiece of the auditorium ceiling is an elegant starburst chandelier suspended above a blue backlit upper ceiling, creating a mesmerizing 3D effect.

The Grand Lobby is dedicated to Los Angeles and California of the 1930s. Elaborate panels depict the important industries of the time such as agriculture, oil, gold, lumber, movies and the arts, sports and real estate. There are also some hidden nods to local colleges USC and UCLA. Grand byzantine figurines watch over the Grand Lobby from the side walls. The staircases to the balcony level are adorned by life-size figures depicting the aviation and movie industries.

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Music Videos


Award Shows

 Listed/Landmark Building Status

 How do I visit the Pantages Theatre?

Public access tours are not generally available due to the busy nature of this venue, however, over the last few years Pantages Theatre subscribers have been invited to a private Open House event every year, with free access through Front-of-House, Dressing Rooms, Backstage and even under the stage itself! If you love LA theatre, and the Pantages, your best bet to see more is to subscribe to their season - check out the Hollywood Pantages Theatre website Link opens in new window for more details! Information correct as of May 2017.

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 Technical Information

Flying System
Arbor Max Weight 1,300lbs
Curtain to first Lineset 6in
Curtain to last Lineset 35ft 6in
Floor to Grid 68ft 6in
Height Above Grid 8ft
House Masking 4 sets Black Legs and Borders
Linesets 74 Single Purchase on 6in Centers
Maximum Trim Height 61ft
Pin Rail Location Stage Right
Pipe Length 55ft to 70ft
Purchase Lines ¾in; 5 Lines per Set
General Information
Balcony Overhang Row V of Orchestra
Balcony Rail 120ft long, 2 parallel 1½in pipes 1ft apart. 36x20A outlets (Socapex) terminate Stage Right
Far Box Booms 8x20A outlets terminating Stage Right. Approx 75ft from Center Apron.
Followspots 3x2K Xenon Super Troopers. Booth will accommodate 4 Followspots. Throw approx 135ft to Apron
House Lights Controlled from Stage Right
House Truss 60ft long 24in Box Truss with Ladder, approx 33ft Downstage of Proscenium Arch. 24x20A outlets (Socapex) terminate Stage Right
Near Box Booms 8x20A outlets terminating Stage Right. Approx 54ft from Center Apron
Orchestra Pit
Pit Edge to Back Wall 99ft 9in
Stage Dimensions
Center Line to Stage Left 67ft 9in
Center Line to Stage Right 61ft 11in
Curtain Line to Back Wall 38ft
Floor Surface ¾in MDF, ¾in Plywood, 3½in Hardwood
Proscenium Height 26ft 8in
Proscenium Width 57ft 4in
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Lobby and Public Areas

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