Warner Grand Theatre, Los Angeles

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The Warner Grand Theatre is an historic movie palace that opened on January 20, 1931. It is located in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, at 478 West 6th Street.

The design of the Warner Grand Theatre was a collaboration by architect B. Marcus Priteca and interior designer Anthony Heinsbergen, in the Art Deco—Moderne style. It was one of three similarly lavish Los Angeles area Art Deco movie palaces on which Priteca and Heinsbergen collaborated for the Warner Bros. company in the early 1930s. The others were located in Beverly Hills and Huntington Park. Priteca later designed Hollywood's famous Pantages Theatre.
The Warner Beverly Hills Theatre has been demolished, and the Huntington Park Warner, closed for many years, has been extensively altered, leaving the Grand as the last of the three original theaters remaining intact. By the mid-1990s it had suffered a lengthy period of neglect, despite having been declared a historical and cultural monument of the city in 1982.

The theater was facing possible demolition or re-development when, in 1995, a local group of activists formed the Grand Vision Foundation to work for the preservation of the historic building. Their efforts were successful when the theater was purchased by the Cultural Affairs Department (later renamed the Department of Cultural Affairs) of the City of Los Angeles in 1996. Efforts to both restore and program the theater have been ongoing since the acquisition. That same year, the Grand Vision Foundation incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, to preserve and promote the Warner Grand Theatre. In 1999, the Warner was added to the National Register of Historic Places as building #98001633.

Warner Grand Theatre currently hosts foreign films, art films, and family films presented by Cinema Grand, Grand Vision Foundation, the Los Angeles Harbor International Film Festival, and the San Pedro International Film Festival.

Jack L. Warner called it "The Castle of Your Dreams". The Warner Grand Theatre has also been used as a location in some movies, including Remote Control (1988), What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) and Pearl Harbor (2001).
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  • The Warner Grand Theater is an old movie house from the 40's. It is designed with neon on the outside and art deco interior. The theater is going through renovations, but is still open. The City is...  more »
  • The Theater: It is a historic theater. Mid-size theater, every seat has good view. Sound system is good. Love the theater interior deco, has it's own character. This theater has been around since in.....  more »
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  • I've seen multiple musicals and concerts at this historical venue and I highly recommend the experience. It is a very clean, classic theatre. The stage is about 5 feet high from the orchestra floor, so even the row head a full view of the actors and sets, in a musical or play, or the band, in a concert. Also, if you are at a reserved general admission event where the seats are not assigned, don't be afraid to check the front rows. This was one of three venues, along with the Hollywood Bowl and the Observatory, that I was fortunate enough to see Neutral Milk Hotel, my favorite band, at. I knew that the singer, Jeff Mangum, would be standing at the front of stage left. There were several hundred people waiting in line ahead of us to get in, so I expected to be in the middle to back rows one I found a seat. Just for kicks, I walked up to the front and the entire front row of the right orchestra section was open. We sat close enough that I could have handed Jeff a beer and it was, by far, one of my best concert experiences ever. I hope that you have a good experience too!
  • For the upcoming performance "Hello Dolly" which my school is showing at the Warner grand, I run the lighting. their original board fried itself so they are in need of a new light board for their theater. we are currently bring one of our own boards to use for our show but they need one soon.

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