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Hollywood Palace Theater Photos

Hollywood Palace Theater Photos

Some of the finest Hollywood theater photos are on the hollywoodphotographs.com web site. There are more than two hundred images of these fine Theaters. Palace theaters are those type of movie theaters that were very large and extremely ornate.  The first movie theaters were simply storefronts where chairs were placed in front of a table and projector and the image projected onto a white sheet. As movie began to become popular, more elaborate facilities were constructed.  By 1915, movie theaters were very much like they are today, where the projector was enclosed in a small room behind the audience’s seats. The first theater in Hollywood was the Iris Theater, on Hollywood Boulevard. This was followed by the Hollywood Theater, which was built in 1915.

As time went on and as movies were in great demand, larger theaters were built. By the mid-1920s, large and very ornate theaters were beginning to be constructed.  Because Hollywood was now considered the motion Picture capitol of the world, Hollywood had to have its own “Palace Theaters”.

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Grauman’s Egyptian Theater

The first palace theater in Hollywood was Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, on Hollywood Blvd.  Sid’s concept of a theater was revolutionary because he envisioned a large forecourt in front of the auditorium.  Sid Grauman contracted with real estate developer, Charles E. Toberman, to build a large theater, with an Egyptian motif.  Opened on October 19, 1922, the first movie premiere was held for the showing of Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks.  The forecourt was adorned with palm trees and props from the movies that were being shown at the time. Photos of the Grauman’s Egyptian Theater can be seen on the Hollywoodphotographs.com website.

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El Capitan Theater

Less than three years after the opening of Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, Charles Toberman built the beautiful El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd.  This theater, however, was not for the showing of movies but was for legitimate plays.  Opened on May 3, 1926, the theater became an immediate success. Larger than the Egyptian Theater, the El Capitan Theater hosted some the most popular plays, west of New York.  By the 1940, plays seemed to loose favor with he public, so the theater was converted to a movie theater. The theater’s name was changed to Paramount Theater but, in early 2002, Disney purchased the theater and renamed it El Capitan Theater.

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Grauman’s Chinese Theater

In 1925, Sid Grauman, again, contracted with C. E. Toberman to build another theater – this time with a Chinese motif.  Opened in April 1927, the Chinese Theater was more elaborate that the two previous palace type theaters.  Like the Egyptian theater, this theater also had a large forecourt. It was here that the popular Hollywood celebrities would place their hand and footprints in wet cement in the forecourt. Today, Grauman’s Chinese Theater is the most popular tourist attraction in he country.

Warner Bros. Theater.

The fourth palace theater, in Hollywood was the Warner Bros. Theater on Hollywood Blvd. The brothers Warner had a very successful movie studio and wanted theaters that would showcase their films. The began construction of their theater in early 1927 and after fourteen months of construction, the theater opened on April 26, 1928. The theater ran successfully thourgh World War II and then Cinerama became a hit.  The theater closed its doors in the 1990s and today it’s used for religious worship.

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Pantages Theater

Of all the palace type theaters, in Hollywood, the Pantages Theater, on Hollywood Blvd., was the largest and most spectacular of the all.  It opened on the evening of June 4, 1930 with the premiere showing of “Floradora”., starring Marion Davies.  The lobby had a vaulted ceiling, and the auditorium had a capacity of 2812 seats. It is one of the most beautiful theaters in the world.

All the palace theater photos are on the hollywoodphotographs.com website and are available for sale.

 

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