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Pantages Theatre (Hollywood)

Pantages Theater
The Art Deco façade of the Pantages Theater
Location 6233 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California
Coordinates
Public transit    Hollywood/Vine
Owner Nederlander Organization
Type Indoor theatre
Seating type Reserved
Capacity 2,703
Opened June 4, 1930
Website
broadwayla.org
Designated: July 5, 1978[1]
Reference No. 193
Architect: B. Marcus Priteca
Architectural style: Art Deco

The Pantages Theatre, formerly known as RKO Pantages Theatre, is located at Hollywood and Vine (6233 Hollywood Boulevard), in Hollywood. Designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca, it was the last theater built by the vaudeville impresario Alexander Pantages. The palatial Art Deco theater opened on June 4, 1930, as part of the Pantages Theatre Circuit.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Past productions 2
    • 2009 2.1
    • 2010 2.2
    • 2011 2.3
    • 2012-2014 2.4
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

The Pantages Theatre Circuit had been built on vaudeville, and the new Hollywood theater programmed first-run movies alternating through the day with vaudeville acts for its first two years. But like other theaters during the Great Depression, it was forced to economize and thereafter operated primarily as a movie theater, though live entertainment was presented occasionally.

Alexander Pantages sold the Hollywood landmark in 1932 to Fox West Coast Theaters. In 1949, Howard Hughes acquired the Pantages for his RKO Theatre Circuit and moved his personal offices to the building's second floor. From 1949 through 1959, the theatre hosted the American motion picture industry's annual Academy Award Ceremonies.[2] It continued to be a major venue for Road show movies into the 1970s. From 1965, it was operated by Pacific Theatres. The Pantages closed as a movie theater in January, 1977, and re-opened the following month with Bubbling Brown Sugar, the first of the many stage productions that have since become its regular fare.

The interior of the theater

Now operated by an arm of the Disney's The Lion King, which ran at the theatre for over two years, and hosted the long-running Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical Wicked.

Situated on a prime location, the area's building and a rejuvenation boom has spread to Bob Hope Square with the addition of a new W Hotel and retail stores, tied closely to the Hollywood/Vine station. The theater underwent a $10-million restoration and upgrade in 2000. The original plans for the Pantages were for a 12-story building: 2 floors dedicated to theater and 10 floors of office space. Completion of the 10 upper floors was halted due to the 1929 stock market crash during construction. In December 2007, plans were revealed to complete the original design and floors, much due to the rejuvenation of the Hollywood area and the demand for office space.[2]

The theatre has also occasionally hosted popular music concerts, including those of the bands Dream Theater, Foo Fighters and Mark Knopfler [Dire Straits] and Talking Heads' 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense was shot there. In 1997, 4 years before her English crossover, Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira performed her first show in the United States at the Pantages. In 2006, Mexican pop-group RBD recorded their CD/DVD "Live in Hollywood" at the Pantages.

The Pantages Theatre is also a popular location for the filming of movies, TV shows, and music videos. The concert scenes in the 1980 film The Jazz Singer is just one example. Rickie Lee Jones's 1979 self-titled debut LP has a reference to "the Pantages" in her song Chuck E.'s In Love.

Past productions

Pantages Theatre during the 2007-2009 run of Wicked

Productions at the Pantages (presented by Broadway in L.A. since 1996), have included:[3]

2009

2010

2011

2012-2014

See also

References

  1. ^ Department of City Planning. "Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments". City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Vincent, Roger (6 December). "Pantages presents a revival: tower plan from the 1920s.". Los Angeles Times. pp. C1, C4. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Full List of Broadway/L.A. Presentations". Broadway in L.A. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 

External links

  • Official Pantages Theatre website
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