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Shrine Auditorium

2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection.
665 W Jefferson Blvd
University Park (Los Angeles) CA 90007

Live Theatre
Record #25480  
 Opened: January 23, 1926
Capacity: 6717 seats
Architect(s): John C. Austin; A.M. Edelman
Architectural Style(s): Moorish
National Register:
Current Organ: 4/74 Moller
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

This is the largest theatre built in the USA and even with its current reduced seating capacity of 6,308 it still beats the 5,940 seats of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The interior design of the Shrine Auditorium was by theatre architect Albert G. Lansburg. It became a full time cinema for a short while in 1928, but it is mainly used for special events, concerts, circus and sporting events.

The annual Academy Award ceremony has been held here on numerous occasions from 1947 until 2001 and the theatre can be seen in the movies as well ... as it stood in for a New York theatre in the original 1933 'King Kong' when Kong was first exhibited after capture and escapes from the chains that bind him and also in the 1954 version of 'A Star is Born' where Judy Garland performs at the 'Oscar' ceremony at the beginning and end of the movie.

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2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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