Monthly Archives: September 2015

All Things Yummy

The Hollywood Pantages has always had a great relationship with Sweet in Hollywood.  It’s possible you have sampled one of their delicious chocolate bars while visiting us for a show. We have so much fun making our chocolate bars with Sweet we decided to bring you along as we create our Annie inspired chocolate bars. See how it’s done below.

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Photos by Michelle Boxer





Hollywood Pantages IMDB

You haven’t officially made it in Hollywood until you have your own IMDB page. Even The Hollywood Pantages has one! In this post we will highlight some of the best and most memorable scenes filmed in and around the theatre.

The Good Fairy (1935)

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Margaret Sullavan has a neon arrow to direct patrons right or left as they enter the promenade at the rear of the main floor in “The Good Fairy”

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Margaret Sullavan gets a job as an usherette in a large movie palace in Budapest in “The Good Fairy” The lobby of the Pantages in Hollywood is what we see as the theatre’s lobby.

Go West Young Man (1936)

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We get a look at the boxoffice in Henry Hathaway’s “Go West Young Man” with Mae West and Randolph Scott. This island boxoffice was later removed and replaced with the box office windows you see today.

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Entering the lobby of the HollywoodPantages in Henry Hathaway’s “Go West Young Man” with Mae West and Randolph Scott.

Footlight Serenade (1942)

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A look up the stairs to the mezzanine in Gregory Ratoff’s “Footlight Serenade” with John Payne, Betty Grable and Victor Mature

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Descending to the mezzanine lobby in “Footlight Serenade.” That’s the main lobby in view off to the left.

The Jazz Singer (1980)

In this clip from The Jazz Singer, Neil Diamond portrays the character Jess Robin performing a concert in LA. Interiors of the theatre were used for this scene.

The Bodyguard (1992)

In this famous scene Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston’s characters Frank and Rachel attend an Oscar Awards Ceremony shot at The Hollywood Pantages.

Ed Wood (1994)


Johnny Depp stars as Ed Wood in this outdoor shot of the theatre as he attends the premier of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Batman Forever (1995)

In an almost unrecognizable Hollywood Pantages Theatre lobby, The cast of Batman Forever celebrate at the Ritz Gotham Hotel.

Black Sheep (1996)

In this clip Chris Farley as a security guard backstage at Rock The Vote. The backstage area you see is our stage right. (WARNING: SOME ADULT LANGUAGE)

L.A. Confidential (1997)

In this really quick scene Keven Spacey is shown walking out of the Frolic Room located next door to the Hollywood Pantages. You only need to watch the first 12 seconds of this one.

The Aviator (2004)

The photos below depict a scene shot in our lobby where Howard Hughes played by Leonardo DiCaprio is caught between two women on an outing to the theatre.

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Ugly Betty Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006)

Ugly Betty goes to “Broadway” While the exterior shots are NYC the inside of the theatre is all Hollywood Pantages.

Michael Jackson You are Not Alone music video

Michael Jackson sings his heart out on the stage inside the theatre. The beautiful ceiling serves as his background.


Writings on The Wall

In our 85 years we have collected a lot of interesting things like playbills, photos, and ticket stubs. Some of our more priceless items can only be seen on the walls or even in the medicine cabinets of the theatre. Check out the photos below to view these unique treasures.



To make their lives easier, the cast and crew of The Phantom of The Opera created an opening into the fly loft to better operate the chandelier. They left this sign for future tours to appreciate.


Master Electrician, Howard Nugent, keeps a running list of shows near his work station as a reminder of all of his hard work.


A continuation of Howard’s list.


Inside the bathroom of our star dressing room is a medicine cabinet door signed by many of the amazing talent to come through our doors.


In a close up you see the Medicine Cabinet of Fame at the top. Notable name Keala Settle signed her name as part of the 2003-2004 production of Hairspray. You can now find her in Broadway’s new show ‘The Waitress’


Molly Ringwald was kind enough to sign the Cabinet of Fame when she was here in 2006 for ‘Sweet Charity’


No one could ever forget the great Megan Hilty in her performance as Glinda in ‘Wicked’ 2007-2008


Diana Degarmo and Ace Young added their names to the list in 2014 for their roles in ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’


The “Elphaba beam” as it has been known to be called has been signed by the green girls of ‘Wicked’ performances gone by. To avoid spoilers we won’t tell you how the beam is used.

The spotlight room is another place members of our crew have kept a record of all the shows that have stopped at the Hollywood Pantages over the years. The walls are completely covered in posters, playbills, and crew signatures.

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Adjudicator Perspective

The Jerry Herman Awards is a local celebration dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding achievements and excellence in high school musical theatre. Each year a group of people, known as our adjudicators, travel all over the Los Angeles area to evaluate the performances of each participating school.  I asked our very own Michael Angel to share his experience as an adjudicator for The Jerry Herman Awards.

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(Above Best Actor and Actress nominees open the 4th Annual Jerry Herman Awards)

I became a Jerry Herman Awards Adjudicator in our 2012-2013 season and I am still, to this day, so grateful for this experience. I believe that there are many wonderful steps we take in life, but the High School experience is incredibly memorable and can help form what you become in the future. Theatre has left the biggest stamp in my life and it continues to stick with me every day. In High School, we did not have any opportunities such as the Jerry Herman Awards and I am so glad that these students get to have a part of this experience, even if it’s just a small part. I am a huge advocate for theatre education in our schools, which is why I continue to contribute my time each and every year. These kids are the future of theatre and it is such a pleasure to watch and EXPERIENCE the energy and gifts they feed to the audience.

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(Above Brianna Bryan and Joshua Velez compete for the title of Best Actor Actress)

Two of my fellow classmates, Andrew Chappelle and Corbin Bleu, have moved on to star in films and on Broadway in “High School Musical, “In the Heights”, “Mamma Mia!” and “Hamilton”. This just proves that you never know where these high school kids will end up and that is very exciting to me! The future is so bright. The talent is so impressive and these kids continue to blow me away each year.

(Below on left Chaminade Preperatory School performs a number from Beauty and The Beast; Below on right New Community Jewish High School performs a number from Spelling Bee)

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(Above on left Oak Park High School performs a number from Evita; Above on right Palos Verdes Peninsula High School performs a number from Young Frankenstein)

These students get to perform on the stage of the HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE! How fantastic is that?! That fact alone is so rewarding to the students and it is truly something special. If you get the chance, I would highly suggest attending a show at your local high school or the actual Jerry Herman Awards at the end of our season. These kids work so hard and they are all so proud of everything they have put together for their audience. One of most rewarding things that I experience is when I get to talk to a teacher or student and they thank me for my time, with such joy on their faces. It shows that they do appreciate our time and this experience and THAT is why I do what I do.

For more information about The Jerry Herman Awards and how you can participate, visit our website CLICK HERE.