Wednesday, September 03, 2014
The Wiltern's neon sign
Clad in blue-green Gladding-McBean terracotta tile, the Wiltern Theatre is one of the most magnificent buildings in Los Angeles and may, indeed, be one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the U.S. Built in 1931, the theater majestically sits at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Western. Hence its name: Wiltern.
Blue-green terracotta exterior
Exterior entrance: art deco detail above the old box office
We’ve seen many concerts here—plus, I love showing it off to out-of-towners—so we know the Wiltern. However, the day before leaving for Alaska (see below), we got the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour with the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and truly saw the building for the first time.
Wall and ceiling detail
Art deco staircase: ceiling detail
Auditorium wall detail
The stage: view from the balcony
Stage from the catwalk above
Fire curtain, lowered right before we left
OK, so we kinda went berserk taking pictures of lamps. But seriously, aren’t these the most beautiful light fixtures you’ve ever seen? Be sure to click on the images to enlarge.
Inside the auditorium
Chandelier mural detail