Lee Remodel

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Coliseum Theatre

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Uploaded on: December 18, 2014

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Lee Remodel

Los Angeles architect, S. Charles Lee designed a low-budget, but still spectacular remodeling for the Coliseum, and records indicate it reopened with this jaw-dropping look in 1931. Most reports agree that the color scheme was very similar to that of Lee’s Fox Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles—black and metallic silver, with gold and coral accents. Fragments of this decorative scheme uncovered when the theatre was being gutted in the early 2000s, and observed by this writer at that time, seem to bear this out. The Loge section, visible in the foreground, held seats ornamented with the same Baroque aisle standards Lee specified for his 1931 Los Angeles Theatre. They remained until the theatre’s interior was destroyed. Jack Tillmany Collection. Posted with permission.

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GaryParks
GaryParks on December 18, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Minor correction: Closer comparison of this photo with the preceding photo from before Lee’s remodeling shows that the Baroque-ornamented Loge seats were already in place before the Art Deco transformation. They would not have dated to the theatre’s original opening, however, as that aisle standard pattern did not exist in 1918.

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