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Wilshire Ebell Theatre

Wilshire Ebell Theatre

First Opened: 29th December 1927 (92 years ago)

Former Names: Windsor Square Playhouse

Website: ebellofla.com/theatre/ Open website in new window

Telephone: (323) 939-1128 Call (323) 939-1128

Address: 4401 West 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005 Show address in Google Maps (new window)

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Overview

The Wilshire Ebell Theatre is part of a larger complex, completed in 1927, as the clubhouse for The Ebell of Los Angeles, a prominent Los Angeles women’s club formed in 1894. The theatre is relatively intimate in size, seating just under 1,300, and is well known for its excellent acoustics. It has hosted musical performances and lectures by top artists and world leaders.

The etymology of the theatre’s name reflects that of the club, based on the principles and teachings of Adrian Ebell and founded in his name. Ebell was a pioneer in women’s education and the organization of societies for women in the 1890s. At its forming, the Ebell of Los Angeles’ purpose was stated as being “to interest women in the study of all branches of literature, art and science and the advancement of women in every branch of culture”.

The 1927 clubhouse complex, including the theatre, was designed in an Italian style by Sumner P. Hunt of architectural firm Hunt & Burns. A major renovation took place in 1989 which saw the stage refitted, the auditorium seating and carpets replaced, and new lighting/sounds systems installed.

The Wilshire Ebell has played host to many notable performances during its 80+ year tenure. Judy Garland, known at the time as Baby Frances Gumm, first auditioned for MGM on the Wilshire Ebell’s stage in the 1930s. Amelia Earhart made her last appearance and public speech on the theatre’s stage before departing on her ill-fated 1937 round-the-world flight. Igor Stravinsky conducted the premiere of Danses Concertantes here in 1942, his first major work composed entirely in the United States. “One of jazz’s first pop stars”, according to the LA Times, jazz great Dave Brubeck, performed at the Wilshire Ebell two years after forming the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet and one year before appearing on the cover of Time magazine. The album “Dave Brubeck Quartet at the Wilshire Ebell” lives on as a jazz classic. The American Foundation for Equal Rights held their west coast premiere reading of the play “8” here in 2012. Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jaime Lee Curtis, Matt Bomer, Kevin Bacon, Christine Lahti, John C. Reilly, and directed by Rob Reiner, the star-studded performance benefited the court fight that ultimately led to a historic victory in the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of marriage equality.

The theatre houses a 3/13 Barton pipe organ which is currently owned and maintained by the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society.

The theatre and particularly the clubhouse complex is a very popular movie and TV filming location. The general location’s headline features include: Columbo (1971 TV series), 24 (2001 TV series), Mad Men (2007-2015 TV series), Feud (2017 TV series), Ghost (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Air Force One (1997), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Wedding Crashers (2005), and Oscar-winning The Artist (2001). Specific titles filmed at the theatre are listed below.

Movie, TV & Music Video Appearances

Movies

Television

How do I visit the Wilshire Ebell Theatre?

As of late-2017 the Wilshire Ebell Theare does not offer tours however it hosts many events which are listed on the theatre’s calendar of events Link opens in new window.


Upcoming Special Events
** CANCELED ** Mike Birbiglia Live!

** CANCELED ** Mike Birbiglia Live! (28th April 2020, 7pm)

** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED **

Fresh off his hit Broadway show and Netflix special The New One, comedian MIKE BIRBIGLIA returns with an all new show. His last show was about birth. His new show: death. Join Mike as he takes on life’s darkest topic with the only weapon we have: jokes.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA has performed for audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Broadway. His shows, The New One, Thank God for Jokes, and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend are all on Netflix. He’s also the author of the New York Times bestseller, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories. His new book, The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad, arrives May 5th.

Tickets $85 to $105. This event is part of Netflix Is A Joke Fest Link opens in new window running at various venues throughout Los Angeles from 27th April to 3rd May.

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** CANCELED ** Congratulations Podcast LIVE!

** CANCELED ** Congratulations Podcast LIVE! (29th April 2020, 8pm)

** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED **

Chris D’Elia has become one of the most in-demand performers in comedy. As a stand-up, D’Elia recently finished up touring the United States and Canada with his show, FOLLOW THE LEADER. D’Elia has three comedy specials available on Netflix, MAN ON FIRE (2017), INCORRIGIBLE (2015) and he was chosen as one of four comics to represent the US in Netflix’s 2019 series, COMEDIANS OF THE WORLD which features 47 comedians from 13 regions in eight different languages. His upcoming special is set to release in Spring 2020. His first special, WHITE MALE. BLACK COMIC, debuted on Comedy Central in 2013 and he can also be seen on Comedy Central’s ROAST OF JUSTIN BIEBER (2015). D’Elia also hosts the highly successful podcast CONGRATULATIONS WITH CHRIS D’ELIA which has been a mainstay on iTunes’ comedy podcast charts since its debut in February 2017.

On screen, D’Elia is most known for his starring role in the NBC’s comedy series UNDATEABLE. Most recently, D’Elia can be seen in season 2 of YOU on Netflix and can be seen in the upcoming Netflix Action Film ARMY OF THE DEAD with Director Zack Snyder. He can also be seen in the Netflix feature LITTLE EVIL opposite Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly. He has also appeared on ABC’s THE GOOD DOCTOR, Freeform’s ALONE TOGETHER, Comedy Central’s WORKAHOLICS and TBS’s GLORY DAZE. He also has numerous appearances on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, and COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS and CONAN. D’Elia currently lives in Los Angeles.

Tickets $129 to $258. This event is part of Netflix Is A Joke Fest Link opens in new window running at various venues throughout Los Angeles from 27th April to 3rd May.

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** CANCELED ** Michelle Wolf

** CANCELED ** Michelle Wolf (30th April 2020, 8pm)

** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED **

MICHELLE WOLF has quickly become one of the most influential voices in the comedy landscape with the Village Voice calling her “the voice comedy needs right now” and The Daily Beast declaring, “Michelle Wolf is the future of stand-up comedy.” She recently released her second hour-long stand-up special “Michelle Wolf: Joke Show” on Netflix. Previously, she made international headlines as the much buzzed-about headliner of the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner.

In 2017, Wolf debuted her first hour-long stand-up special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady”, on HBO. The well-reviewed special garnered her a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special. Wolf’s other credits include writing and being an on-air contributor for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and a writing supervisor and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers,” where she also made her late-night television debut in 2014.

Tickets $65 to $125. This event is part of Netflix Is A Joke Fest Link opens in new window running at various venues throughout Los Angeles from 27th April to 3rd May.

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** CANCELED ** Middleditch & Schwartz

** CANCELED ** Middleditch & Schwartz (1st May 2020, 8pm)

** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED **

Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, House of Lies) perform a completely improvised show.

Tickets $79 to $150. This event is part of Netflix Is A Joke Fest Link opens in new window running at various venues throughout Los Angeles from 27th April to 3rd May.

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Further Reading

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Technical Information

Flying System
Batten Length
50ft
Grid Height
60ft
Lock Rail
Stage Right (exception for Lineset “I”, 23ft 10in from Plaster Line, which is operated from Upstage Left
System Type
Wire Guide Single Purchase
Total Linesets
34
Trim Heights
16ft: Main Drape and Borders; 20ft: Electrics
General Information
Seating Capacity
Orchestra 883; Loge 168; Balcony 215; Total 1,266.
Lighting
Console
ETC Impression 2 with monitor, operable from FOH or Backstage
Dimmers
167 ETC dimmers rated at 2.4kW
Followspots
2 @ 1.2kW Selecon followspots; color temperature 6000K
Movie Projection
Balcony Rail to Movie Screen
50ft
Movie Screen
16ft x 12ft and usually hung on Batten #5 (4ft 10in upstage of Plaster Line)
Projection Booth to Movie Screen
80ft
Stage Dimensions
Loading Door Dimensions
8ft x 8ft, loading onto Stage from USR
Orchestra Pit Cover Depth
6ft 1in
Prosc Height
27ft 3in
Prosc Width
39ft
Stage Depth
31ft 2in
Wing Space SL
12ft (some restrictions overhead)
Wing Space SR
8ft
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Auditorium

Backstage

Exterior and Public Areas

Projection Booth



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