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Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills

Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills

First Opened: 19th September 1930 (89 years ago)

Former Names: Fox Wilshire Theater, the Wilshire Theatre

Website: www.sabantheatre.org Open website in new window

Telephone: (323) 655-0111 Call (323) 655-0111

Address: 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Show address in Google Maps (new window)

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Overview

The Saban opened as the Fox Wilshire Theater in September 1930 and is one of Los Angeles’ most notable Art Deco buildings. Theatre architect S. Charles Lee designed the Saban to be fully capable as a theatre for vaudeville in addition to its main focus as a major film presentation house.

The theatre was S. Charles Lee’s third theatre design, following the Tower Theatre (1927) and Los Angeles Theatre (1931), both in Downtown Los Angeles. Originally seating 2,295, the theatre now has capacity for 1,900 with the rear Orchestra section having been turned into an extended lobby, bar, and circulation space. The Balcony has a moveable curtain which reduces the Balcony capacity by roughly half for smaller shows, although its use precludes any form of projection or followspots being used from the projection booth. Despite two renovations and various modernizations the theatre retains much of its original appearance.

The theatre’s original color scheme was silver, black, and coral. At the time of opening the proscenium doubled as the organ grilles and was finished in silver, with colored electric lamps behind, which could create multi-colored light effects spilling into the auditorium.

For many years the theatre operated as one of 20th Century Fox’s premiere theatres. The theatre’s wide proscenium arch allowed for an extra large screen, which, coupled with re-equipping for 70mm movie projection in 1959, made it a natural home for long runs of widescreen films such as Exodus (1960), Goodbye, Mr Chips (1969), Fiddler On The Roof (1970), Man Of La Mancha (1972), and The Sound of Music (1965) – which ran for 93 weeks! Fox closed the theatre in 1977, then in 1981 it was taken over by the Nederlander Organization and renovated for stage use. Temple Of The Arts has owned and operated the theatre since 2005, and in 2009 it was renamed the Saban following a $5M grant from Haim and Cheryl Saban.

The house curtain opened with vertical panels rising from the center out to the sides, and with its Art Deco curlicue design must have been quite a sight to see.

Many television recordings have taken place at the Saban including Last Comic Standing, Eddie Murphy: One Night Only (2012), Extraordinary: Stan Lee (2017), and movies such as Night Of The Running Man (1995).

Movie, TV & Music Video Appearances

Movies

Television

Documentary

How do I visit the Saban Theatre?

As of mid-2017 the Saban does not offer tours however they host many events which are available to book online at the theatre’s website Link opens in new window.

Upcoming Special Events
Carol Burnett: Laughter & Reflection

Carol Burnett: Laughter & Reflection (14th March 2020, 8pm)

CAROL BURNETT: LAUGHTER & REFLECTION is a 90 minute interactive experience where the audience asks questions. The format harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers. This is a great evening of fun, nostalgia and true reflections.

Carol Burnett, an award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work for her comedic and dramatic roles on television, film, and Broadway, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history.

As a highly acclaimed actress, Ms. Burnett has been honored with Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, the Horatio Alger Award, an Ace Award, the Peabody, and a Grammy. A Kennedy Center Honoree, the recipient of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom; was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland Ave. and Selma directly adjacent to Hollywood High School, Carol’s alma mater, Carol Burnett Square and CBS Studios dedicated “The Carol Burnett Artist Entrance” in her honor. Carol was celebrated by her colleagues and fellow actors with the Life Achievement honors at the 2016 SAG Awards.

Tickets $69 / $79 / $99 / $250 + applicable fees. Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult.

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Further Reading

Online

Books

Technical Information

Flying System
Average batten length 53ft 2in
Distance between Linesets 6in
Flying System Single Purchase Counterweight
Maximum Trim Height 56ft 8in
Number of linesets 46 (40 usable)
Operation Stage Right at Stage level; Linesets 12-22 operable only from Crow's Nest, 9ft 8in above Stage level, and have a 10ft lower trim level
General Information
Balcony Overhang Row I of Orchestra (i.e. the row behind row H)
Movie Projection
Cinema Screen Perforated; 20ft by 46ft
Distance from Balcony Rail to Screen 65ft
Distance from Projection Booth to Screen 165ft
Projector Christie Solaria Series CP4220 4K 22,000 lumens projector
Orchestra Pit
Apron overhang 43in
Height to Auditorium level 30in
Height to Stage 42in
Length 50ft 7in
Widest width distance 13ft
Stage Dimensions
Apron to Back Wall 33ft 5in
Apron to Back Wall Columns 31ft 6in
Center line to Stage Left 39ft
Center line to Stage Right 32ft 4in
Curtain line to Apron 7ft
Grid Height 66ft 4in
Proscenium Height 31ft
Proscenium Width 50ft
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External and Public Areas



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