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Warner Grand, San Pedro

Warner Grand, San Pedro

First Opened: 20th January 1931 (88 years ago)

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

Telephone: (310) 548-2493 Call (310) 548-2493

Address: 478 West 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731 Show address in Google Maps (new window)

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The Warner Grand was opened in January 1931 as a movie palace for Warner Bros. Architect B. Marcus Priteca, noted for the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, and interior designer Anthony Heinsbergen were contracted to design and build three theatres for Warner Bros in the popular Art Deco style, of which the Warner Grand is the best surviving example.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the theatre was run as a Spanish-language film house called Teatro Juarez. By 1995 the theatre had suffered a lengthy period of neglect and the Grand Vision Foundation was formed with the aim of preserving the building rather than let it be demolished or re-developed. The City of Los Angeles purchased the building in 1996; Grand Vision continues to raise funds for ongoing restoration and upgrades, as well as promoting events at the theatre.

As was typical of movie palaces of the time the proscenium arch is both wide and high but the stage depth is very shallow. Basic hemp-line flying facilities were included when built and were upgraded to a counterweight system in 2007.

The Warner Grand has featured in many television shows and movies, examples being “Melrose Place” (Fox, 1992–99), “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX, 2017–), “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (1993), “Pearl Harbor” (2001), “Seabiscuit” (2003), and “Live by Night” (2017).

The Warner Grand’s two sister theatres did not fair so well. The Beverly Hills Warner Theatre (May 1931) was demolished in 1988 and replaced with a parking lot. The Huntington Park Warner (November 1930) was significantly altered in the 1980s, shuttered in the 1990s and will likely face adaptive reuse in the near future.

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 How do I visit the Warner Grand?

The Warner Grand does not offer theatre tours however a wide variety of programs run at the theatre all year round. Check out the Warner Grand’s website Link opens in new window for the full calendar of events.

As of June 2017 the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats program has started using the Warner Grand as a venue for screening classic films several times a year. Pre-screening Backstage tours are often available but very limited in numbers and fill-up quickly. Check out the Last Remaining Seats website Link opens in new window for schedule and more information.

Upcoming Special Events
Gathering for the Grand: Space Oddity

Gathering for the Grand: Space Oddity (27th April 2019, 8pm)

The Gathering for the Grand Annual Gala is TRANSFORMING into a live concert benefit series featuring professional, in-demand tribute acts and popular local openers. This three part series is happening at San Pedro's beloved art-deco movie palace, the Warner Grand Theatre!

A brilliant tribute to one of most electrifying 20th-21st century performers. From rock and roll space alien Ziggy Stardust to pop/rock legend, Bowie look-alike/sound-alike, DAVID BRIGHTON and his all star SPACE ODDITY band showcase Bowie's unique musical journey!

VIP ticket purchases include one premium orchestra seat, invitation to VIP pre-Concert Reception from 6-7:30pm with appetizers and one complimentary drink, access to private no host bar before concert and during intermission.

Opener: The Glass Family. Tickets $27.50 to $105.

Click here to go to the event website. Link opens in new window

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 Technical Information

Flying System
Flying System Single Purchase counterweight operated Stage Right
Grid Height 65ft
Linesets 16, 15 usable
General Information
Seating Capacity (Balcony) 597
Seating Capacity (Orchestra) 926
Total Seating Capacity 1,523 (originally 1,598)
Balcony Rail to last lineset 80ft
Balcony Rail to prosc line 61ft
Control System Strand 520i console
Dimmer System Located DSR, 48 @ 2.4kW and a 24 @ 2.4kW (all CD80)
Followspots 4 @ Strong Super Trooper 1600 Xenon
Projection Booth to prosc line 122ft
Movie Projection
Projection Booth to prosc line 122ft
Projectors 2 matched Norelco AA 35mm projectors with optical and LED stereo sound supported by SR and Dolby noise reduction
Screen Size 50ft x 21ft
Stage Dimensions
Apron Depth 10ft
Center Line to SL wall 35ft
Center Line to SR wall 45ft
Proscenium Height 32ft
Proscenium Width 50ft
Stage Depth 19ft
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