Wiltern Theater

3790 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Now one of Los Angeles' greatest concert venues, this immaculate green-gilded Art-Deco palace in the Mid-Wilshire area was restored to its original opulence in 1985.

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BlueJade
BlueJade on January 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I used to work in a landscape architectural firm that was located in the tower of the Wiltern. The elevators are beautiful and the polished stone throughout the building is a knockout, classic deco. A co-worker dubbed the building the Emerald City which stuck, still call it that. I never tired of it’s beauty, approaching it on the drive to work, even on bad days.

furious
furious on January 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

i worked at the wiltern from nov.1968 to june 1969 $1.35 an hour.. and would be interested in talking to other who were there at the same time.

Bill H
Bill H on October 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Its amazing that the Wiltern Theater opened its doors 80 years ago today in 1931 !!

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on November 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

I am attending the 12/9 concert by “A Capella Group Straight No Chaser.” Tix are only $20 on Goldstar. Haven’t been to the Wiltern since 1995 and love the fact I can Metro in from N Hollywood.

dtrigubetz
dtrigubetz on December 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm

The Straight No Chaser concert was a fabulous sold-out event. I sat in the upper mezzanine and noticed that the theater seats, except for reupholstering, are vintage. Ironically, the so-called premium orchestra seats have been replaced by hotel meeting type seats with no arm rest!

The upper mezzanine had great acoustics and sightlines. I am going back today for the Aimee Mann Christmas Show, also $20 on Goldstar.

meheuck
meheuck on May 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

I am trying to identify what I think is a former theatre just south of the Wiltern. The location is 721 S. Western Ave., zip code 90005. It is currently the home of a nightclub called Vibe, and was previously known as Le Cercle Super Club and Le Prive. The reviews on Yelp look pretty disturbing, something about it being a “booking” club…but anyway. There is a big marquee outside that looks very much like a theatrical marquee, so I’m wondering if anyone can verify if this was a movie house previously or did they just use that style of marquee for the building?

Here is a photo from its previous incarnation as Le Cercle:

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/86u5jycaWXRCDKs7_cJ52g?select=5zg8sR2mVVbdcr6LsywRjA

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

meheuck: The building at 721 S. Western Avenue formerly housed a bowling alley that was probably built in the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was converted into a restaurant in 1984, according to this L.A. Times review.

At one time there were a number of streamline modern bowling alleys with theater-style marquees around Los Angeles. As far as I know, all the survivors have been converted to other uses. They can usually be distinguished from theaters by the fact that their roofs were typically lower toward the back, where the lanes were, than at the front, where many of them had a mezzanine housing rest rooms, a storage area, and a manager’s office.

meheuck
meheuck on May 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Excellent. Thank you Joe!

LOCAL150IATSE
LOCAL150IATSE on June 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I WAS A FILM PROJECTIONIST AT THIS FAMOUS THEATRE IN EITHER THE EARLY 80’S OR LATE 70’S. IT WAS A UNION JOB. IT WAS A TEMPORARY JOB BECAUSE SOMEONE WAS ON LEAVE. I USED TO GO THERE AS A PATRON IN THE 1950’S!

JCharles
JCharles on April 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Both the interior and exterior of the theatre are featured in the Chuck Norris thriller HERO AND THE TERROR (1988).

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