Pantages Theatre

6233 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on September 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Hello From NYC-

i recently got the Blu-ray disc of The Great Race which has always been my favorite of the large scale action comedies released in the 60s. if I am not mistaken TGR played at this theater in a traditional roadshow engagement which lased I think between 5 and 6 months.

did anyone happen to see it during said run?

GLOCKJOCK
GLOCKJOCK on March 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

The auditorium was much as it is today. The stage remained covered and the upper balcony was closed off. Then there was that horrible tile and dropped ceiling of the ticket lobby. That remained until Disney restored the theatre for Lion King. The “improvements” were all done so they could be reversed later on, though I doubt that’s what they had in mind.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hello From NYC-

i read above that the theater closed up as a movie house in Jan. of ‘77. to which a question- the last reserved seat engagement was “Tora Tora Tora” which opened the fall of '70. so i was wondering what was the decor of the theater’s interior at that point as opposed to today?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

Doctored photo used by Norelco in this 1962 trade ad: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

$100,000 worth of renovations described in this 1960 trade article: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

Pictured in this 1953 trade article: boxoffice

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on March 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm

i thank brucec for his reply. but i am intrigued by your
comment-“Radio City was stuck with product like The Happiest
Millionaire and was locked out of getting better product”. one
question. how was Radio City “stuck” with the film? films
ran just so long at the Music Hall to begin with so how could
one film not being a box office hit effect the Music Hall's
over all financial well being? also how did booking THM for the
Thanksgiving 1967 period prevent the Music Hall from booking
“better product” when THM’s run ended? hear from you soon.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on March 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

The Happiest Millionaire was not a box office success for Walt Disney. I remember reading in the New York Times that Radio City was stuck with product like the “Happiest Millionaire” and locked out of getting better product. This was the start of the decline of Radio City stage and film combo which would last for another 10 years.The Pantages run of the Happiest Millionaire may have been a contract to run so many weeks.brucec

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on March 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

i thank Michael C. for the info.one of course should never assume
things but i always assumed that THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE’s roadshow
run at the Pantages was a disappointment. i based this assumption
on the fact the film didn’t open in NYC till like 5 months later
with no intermission, 25mins. cut out and on a non-roadshow basis.
but an almost 7 month roadshow run at the Pantages seems decent
enough so i wonder why Disney chose to release it in NYC the way
they did.

Coate
Coate on March 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

ChrisD…The roadshow run of The Happiest Millionaire at the Pantages played 31 weeks.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on March 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

Hollywood’s biggest movie star from the Golden Age of Hollywood,Elizabeth Taylor passed away today.She became a star at MGM Hollyood’s greatest studio in “National Velvet” in 1944. She stteneded the Pantagees throughout her long career.“Cleopatra” premiered at the Pantages in 1963.She met Richard Burton during the making of “Cleopatra” and her celebrity reached heights no other actress has reached since. She was in the Top Ten at the Box Office from 1958-1968. She was nominated for Oscars four years in a row 1957’s “Raintree County”,1958’s “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”,1959’s “Suddenly Last Summer” and 1960’s “Butterfied 8”. She won two Oscar’s for 1960’s “Butterfield” and 1966’s “Whos Afraid of Virginia Wolf”.I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen.She also was a huge supporter on the fight against aids when nobody else would touch it after her friend Rock Hudson died. She was the biggest movie star in the world since 1960 and one of the last to come out of the studio system.We will never see anyone like her again.brucec

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

hollywood tonight, the new michael jackson video, was shot in this theater.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on January 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm

again thanks to my fellow posters for replying to my questions.
i have a new one. Disney’s “The Happiest Millionaire” opened in
New York City at Radio City Music Hall in Nov. of 1967. it had
a running time of 2hrs. 25mins. with no intermission and a
souvenir program was sold in the lobby. now the film had its
premiere engagement several months earlier at the Pantages in July of 1967. not only that but it was a roadshow run and it had a
running time of 2hrs. 52mins. with an imtermission. how long did
this roadshow engagement at the Pantages last?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 17, 2011 at 8:12 am

Thanks, William, and thanks to Ken Roe for the great new Introduction for this theater!

William
William on January 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm

“Spartacus” opened on Oct. 20, 1960 (West Coast Prem. Oct. 19)
“Cleopatra” opened on June 20, 1963 (West Coast Prem. Jun. 19)

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

William, if you can please specify the years when Cleoapatra and Spartacus were shown, then we may include that information in the Introduction.

William
William on January 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

The top six 70MM Roadshow engagements at the Pantages Theatre:
“Cleopatra” @ 72 weeks
“Spartacus” @ 61 weeks
“Tora! Tora! Tora! @ 35 weeks
"Patton” (non-D-150 run) @ 23 weeks m/over to Pacific’s Beverly
“Sweet Charity” @ 20 weeks
“The Great Race” @ 19 weeks

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on January 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

during the many years it was a premiere first run movie theater
how many reserved seat or to use the trade term roadshow films
did the Pantages show. is there a way of finding out?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

A televsion program that aired on NBC Chicago-12/18/10 called “LX.TV 1st Look”, included a segment about the Pantages. Celebrating their 80th Anniversary and currently running a stage version of “West Side Story”.
Also mentioned was the Pantage’s history of hosting 11 Academy Awards presentations.

Plenty of nice footage showcasing the Pantage’s interior and some backstage dressing shots.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on November 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Thank you for the clarification, William; I also posted it at the WARRENS Theatre page, and it probably shouldn’t be here even though there is a familial tie. Perhaps the moderator should delete it. And thanks again.

William
William on November 7, 2010 at 8:11 am

Louis, the post about Mr. Pantages’s problem happened at the Pantages Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles at 7th. and Hill Street (aka. Warren, Warner Downtown) in 1929. The Hollywood Pantages opened in June of 1930.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 7, 2010 at 6:42 am

Alexander Pantages was still in jail on the night of the opening of the Hollywood Pantages. The warder kindly sent a radio to Pantages' cell so that he could listen to the broadcast of the ceremonies.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on November 7, 2010 at 3:51 am

Associated Press, August 10, 1929)
Alexander Pantages Involved with 16 Year-Old Dancer at Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, Cal., Aug. 10. â€" (AP)â€"Alexander Pantages, millionaire theatre magnate, today was charged with two offenses against a 16-year-old dancer, Eunice Prince, in a complaint issued by District Attorney Buron Fitts. Pantages' attorneys immediately announced they would institute habeas corpus proceedings.

Los Angeles, Cal., Aug. 10. â€" (AP) â€" Alexander Pantages, millionaire vaudeville theatre operator, was in the city jail today, charged with suspicion of committing a statutory offense against Eunice Pringle, 16-year-old dancer and daughter of a
Los Angeles physician.
Miss Pringle, who graduated from high school last year, the youngest in her class, and entered the University of Southern California, was placed in the custody o£ juvenile authorities after she had told the police that Pantages had attacked her.
Pantages was taken into custody yesterday when the girl ran out of his office screaming, her clothes disarranged.
One witness to the occurrence said Miss Pringle fell fainting out of the theatre magnate’s office. Other witnesses declared the clothing of both Pantages and the girl
was torn and disarranged. Several persons reported hearing the girl’s screams emanating from Pantages' office.

Denies Girl’s Charges.

The theatre magnate denied the girl’s charges and hinted that it was a “frameup.” He told police he had booked Miss Pringle two weeks ago for a dancing act, but that she
had proved a failure. He said she had frequented his office for two days, begging for another chance.
Pantages declared Miss Pringle asked him for an interview yesterday afternoon. After a preliminary conversation he said, she leaned close to him and said, “I’ll make you
take my act.” Pantages asserted the girl then pushed him into another room and ran down the hall.
Fred Weise, who was in the hall, told officers he heard the girl screaming and saw Miss Pringle emerge from Pantages' office with the theatre magnate chasing her. Weise
said the clothing of both Pantages and Miss Pringle was in disarray.

Got $15,000,000 Recently.

Chief of Detectives A. E. Taylor said Pantages told him that Miss Pringle, realizing she was not to be re-employed, forcibly removed his coat and then tried to tear the remainder of his clothing into a state of disarray.
District Attorney Buron Fitts said a formal complaint would be issued today, pending which the wealthy theatre operator was to be held in jail. Pantages recently sold six of his theatres to the Radio-Keith-Orpheum circuit for a reputed price of $12,000,000. This week he sold two others to a Hollywood corporation for $3,000,000. Pantages' wife, Mrs. Lois Pantages, is scheduled to go on trial here Sept. 2, on charges of second degree murder, resulting from the death of Joe Rokumoto, a Japanese, following the collision of their automobiles.

pasadena
pasadena on October 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I remember seeing films at the Pantages in the 1950s. Due to union regulations, they still had a stage hand “on stage” to dim the lights and operate the curtains. One saturday morning, my father took me to see the place before it was open for the day’s showing. I saw the huge switchboard backstage and was shown the several house curtains that included a traveler, a contour curtain that could be “programmed', and my favorite the "oleo” curtain (as they referred to it). The orchestra pit was on an elevator and there was a bandstand that traveled on tracks from the back of the stage and onto the pit when it was raised to stage level. At the Pantages, the large chandelier at the center of the auditorium was not lowered for relamping, the technician actually climbed into it from ladders accessed above the ceiling. The original air condition system worked with water and during the summer the auditorium had a damp smell.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Thanks so much guys for putting these pictures on,what a lot of rich history.