Pantages Theater


The Pantages Theatre, formerly known as RKO Pantages Theatre, is located at Hollywood and Vine (6233 Hollywood Boulevard), Hollywood, California in the United States of America. Designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca, it was the last theatre built for the impresario Alexander Pantages. The palatial Art Deco theatre opened on June 4, 1930, as part of the Pantages Theatre Circuit. The Pantages Theatre Circuit had been built on Vaudeville, and the new Hollywood theatre programmed first-run movies alternating through the day with Vaudeville acts for its first two years. But like other theatres during the Great Depression, it was forced to economize and thereafter operated primarily as a movie theatre, though live entertainment was presented occasionally. Pantages sold the Hollywood landmark in 1932 to Fox West Coast Theaters. In 1949, Howard Hughes acquired the Pantages under his RKO Theatre Circuit and moved his personal offices to the building's second floor. From 1949 through 1959, the theatre hosted the American motion picture industry's annual Academy Award Ceremonies. It continued to be a major venue for Road show movies into the 1970s. From 1965, it was operated by Pacific Theatres. The Pantages closed as a movie theatre in January, 1977, and re-opened the following month with Bubbling Brown Sugar, the first of the many stage productions that have since become its regular fare. There are many fine Pantages Theater Photos on this site. Now operated by an arm of the Nederlander Organization, the Pantages is one of Los Angeles' leading homes of legitimate theatre (the five highest-grossing weeks in L.A.'s theatrical history were all shows at the Pantages) and a favorite location for TV shows, movies and music videos. The Pantages Theatre has recently shown large scale production musicals such as Disney's The Lion King, which ran at the theatre for over two years, and recently hosted the Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical Wicked. Situated on a prime location, the area's building and a rejuvenation boom has spread to Bob Hope Square with the addition of a new W Hotel and retail, tied closely to the Hollywood/Vine station. The theater underwent a $10-million restoration and upgrade in 2000. The original plans for the Pantages were for a 12 story building; 2 floors dedicated to theater and 10 floors of office space. Completion of the 10 upper floors were halted due to the 1929 stock market crash during construction. In December 2007, plans were revealed to complete the original design and floors, much due to the rejuvenation of the Hollywood area and the demand for office space. It has also occasionally hosted rock concerts, for such bands as Dream Theater and Foo Fighters. Talking Heads' 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense was shot here. In 1997, 4 years before her English crossover, Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira performed her first show in the United States at the Pantages. In 2006, Mexican pop-group RBD recorded their CD/DVD "Live in Hollywood" at the Pantages. The concert scenes in the 1980 film The Jazz Singer were filmed here. All the Pantages Theater Photographs are available for purchase. Many premieres were held at the Pantages Theater.  Other similar images can be found in the Garden of Allah Hotel category

Click to Enlarge
PANTAGES THEATER PREMIERE
Click to Enlarge
Premiere At Pantages Theater
Click to Enlarge
Pantages Theater Premiere
Click to Enlarge
Academy Awards at the Pantages Theater
Pantages TheaterPANTAGES THEATER PREMIERE
PRM-005-2
1939
Pantages TheaterPremiere At Pantages Theater
PRM-005-3
1939
Pantages TheaterPantages Theater Premiere
PRM-005-4
1939
Pantages TheaterAcademy Awards at the Pantages Theater
PRM-005-6
1950
Click to Enlarge
Premiere at PANTAGES THEATER
Click to Enlarge
PANTAGES THEATER
Click to Enlarge
Pantages Theater
Click to Enlarge
Pantages Theater
Pantages TheaterPremiere at PANTAGES THEATER
PRM-005-7
1960
Pantages TheaterPANTAGES THEATER
T-041-1
1930
Pantages TheaterPantages Theater
T-041-2
1930
Pantages TheaterPantages Theater
T-041-3
1930
Click to Enlarge
Interior of the Pantages Theater
Click to Enlarge
Pantages Theater Lobby
Click to Enlarge
Pantages Theater
Click to Enlarge
Pantages Theater
Pantages TheaterInterior of the Pantages Theater
T-041-5
1930
Pantages TheaterPantages Theater Lobby
T-041-6
1934
Pantages TheaterPantages Theater
T-041-7
1972
Pantages TheaterPantages Theater
T-041-8
1977