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Holidays in Hollywood

While some people dream of a white Christmas, most Angelenos are quite content drinking their peppermint mocha’s in 80 degree weather. The constant sunshine and enticing temperatures means that many folks in Los Angeles end up with a house full of family around the holidays. In an effort to help you get the in laws out of the house for a few hours we have compiled a list of things to do in Hollywood this holiday season.

The Escape Hotel

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The Escape Hotel opened in Hollywood in early 2016.  Escape rooms are best be described as a live puzzle game, utilizing a team (from two-12 people, depending on the size of the room and your ability to get along with others) to figure out clues and puzzles, and that all add up to the ability to unlock a door after a set amount of time (usually 30 minutes to an hour, again depending on your ability to get along with others; if you’re super-stuck, there’s always someone watching who’ll give you a hint… if you want it).

Escape Hotel would like to offer season ticket holders a 10% discount on individual tickets and a 15% discount on group tickets. To receive the discount holders will need to contact Escape Hotel Hollywood at 323-848-4954 and use the special password, Lloyd.

Website: http://escapehotelhollywood.com/

 

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Opening its doors in 1979, the World Famous Laugh Factory has been recognized as “the #1 comedy club in the country” by such high-profile media as USA Today. With southern California locations in Hollywood (its original Sunset Boulevard locale) and Long Beach (opened in 2008), comedy’s top stars, as well as today’s brightest emerging talent, shine on its legendary stage.

Complimentary General Admission tickets for up to four guests to our Hollywood location. Guests may choose from our Monday – Thursday, 8PM or 10PM shows.
2 drink minimum. 18+

To make your reservation please call our box office in advance, (323) 656-1336 ext 1.

Make sure to mention the Hollywood Pantages to redeem your complimentary tickets.

Exceptions apply. No special events. Monday-Thursday only.

Website: www.laughfactory.com  

 

Starline Tours

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As L.A.’s leading sightseeing company, Starline Tours is pleased to offer a wide range of exciting Los Angeles tours from our Hollywood terminal. Discover the unique celebrity culture and history of this fascinating city, or let us conveniently transport you to and from many of Southern California’s most popular attractions!

Starline Tours is offering buy one, get one half off! Season Ticket Holders call 1 (800) 959-3131 for special rate.Blackout Dates: November 25 – 26, 2016 and December 26 – January 8, 2017

Website: www.StarlineTours.com  

 

Museum of Broken Relationships

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The Museum of Broken Relationships explores broken love and other human relationships – what they mean to us, what they tell us about what we share and how we can learn and grow from them.  It is composed of objects donated anonymously by members of the public from all over the world.  Each exhibit is an object (some of them ordinary, some of them extraordinary) and a story, which together recount a watershed event in someone’s life.

15% off tickets for season ticket holders.

Website: http://brokenships.la

 

One Night Only

On September 11, 2016, The Hollywood Pantages made history once again by hosting the live filming of the musical Newsies. The show will be aired as a Fathom event in movie theaters across the country next year. In addition to the excitement of a live filming nine original cast members from the Broadway production of Newsies lent their talent for One Night Only.

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The event was invite only but a standby line was available to hardcore Fansies who started lining up at 1am Sunday morning.

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11 cameras were brought in for the filming

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Broadway cast members spent an entire week together rehearsing before the live filming.

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Special merchandise was available for this one time only event.

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The cast dressed and ready to go. From Left Andrew Keenan-Bolger ‘Crutchie’, Kara Lindsay ‘Katherine’, Ben Fankhauser ‘Davey’, and Jeremy Jordan ‘Jack Kelly’

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The audience waiting for the filming to begin

UPDATE!

Disney’s Newsies Live, filmed at the Hollywood Pantages, opens in select theaters Feb 16, 18, and the 22. Check out the video below as Newsies goes behind the scenes at the Hollywood Pantages.

 

Hollywood Pantages Season Ticket Holders were invited to a screening of Newsies and surprised by a Q&A afterwards with Nico DeJesus, a Newsie from the filming.

Jeff Loeb, General Manager of the Hollywood Pantages conducts a post screening Q&A with Nico DeJesus, Newsies cast member.

 

Two more chances to see Newsies. February 18 and 22, 2017

Nico DeJesus discusses his experience filming a live theatrical production.

Update Update

You can now purchase Newsies live on iTunes. This digital version includes 11 minutes of special features, a sing a long version, and a theatrical version with a built in intermission. Not to mention the beautiful sweeping shots of the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

Rooftop Film Club

Picture this. You are on a rooftop in the middle of Hollywood lounging in a comfy chair with snacks in your lap, a drink in your hand and your favorite movie is playing on a big screen. What could be better? We take our movie experiences very seriously here in Hollywood and now the experience is on a whole other level, literally the top level.

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Ariel view of the Rooftop Film Club located on the roof of The Montálban Theatre in Hollywood

The Montálban theatre is getting ready for its second season as a part of the Rooftop Film Club. Taking full advantage of the Montálban rooftop’s beautiful city view, RFC promises to offer some of the most unique and incredible movie-going opportunities for film lovers. You don’t even need to bring your own blanket or camping chair—Rooftop Film Club provides you with your very own comfy lawn chair, as well as blankets on request for the ultimate cozy experience. And instead of listening to the movie over loudspeakers, you’ll get a set of wireless headphones so you never have to miss a word.

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RFC goers enjoy a movie surrounded by the lights of Hollywood

Los Angeles is not the only city partying it up on the rooftops. If you happen to be in London or New York check out their Rooftop Film Clubs as well. For other amazing photos head over to Instagram and look for their hashtag #rooftopfilmclub for more amazing photos.

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Movie intro Rooftop Film Club. Photo credit Rosanna Barrón

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Wireless headphones so you don’t miss a word. Photo credit Rosanna Barrón

To learn more about the Rooftop Film Club experience CLICK HERE

 

The Montalbán

Hollywood is constantly changing as we mentioned in last weeks post about all of the construction happening in our neighborhood. However, there are still some good old classics in the area that really make Hollywood a special place. Located just around the corner from the Hollywood Pantages is The Montalbán Theatre.

Built in 1926, the theatre’s architect was Myron Hunt, whose work included the Rose Bowl, CalTech, the Ambassador Hotel, and many other Southern California landmarks. Named The Wilkes Brothers Vine Street Theatre in honor of its builders, it was the first legitimate Broadway-style theatre in Hollywood. Its inaugural presentation in 1927 was an acclaimed production of Theodore Dreiser’s “an American Tragedy.”

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The Mirror Theatre now known as The Montalbán Theatre in 1932

The Montalbán and The Hollywood Pantages have more in common than a zip code. In the early 1930’s Howard Hughes acquired the theatre to convert it into the first fully-automated cinema and renamed it the Mirror. The Hollywood Pantages too was owned by Hughes in the early 1950’s.

By 1935 Hughes was out of the movie business and sold the theatre to CBS Radio. Durring this time local station KNX hosted its now famous Lux Radio Theatre. For many years legendary producer/director Cecil B. DeMille was the producer and host.

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An early incarnation of the Montalbán Theatre as the CBS KNX Radio Playhouse

As the years went on the focus turned to television. CBS sold the theatre to Huntington Hartford, heir to the A&P grocery store fortune. He spent $750,000 to remodel and restore the theatre into a legitimate stage venue.

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The Huntington Hartford Theatre now known as the Montalbán in 1963

In 1964 James Doolittle, who at the time was running the Greek Theatre purchased the theatre. Over the next 20 years Doolittle added to the reputation of the theatre with his smart productions.

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Interiors of The Montalbán Theatre.

When the Doolittle era came to an end, UCLA took over, but, after several years, the theatre went dark until Ricardo Montalbán stepped in. He envisioned having a physical presence in Hollywood that would provide inspiration and training for emerging artists in the Hispanic community and thus enable them to mainstream into the performing arts and the broader entertainment industry. The theatre was a perfect home base for implementing that vision, and the Hispanic community, which respected his talent, success and his inclusive politics, mobilized to support the acquisition of the theatre. In 1999 a generous and anonymous donation enabled the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation to buy the building, and the Foundation reopened the theatre in May 2004 as The Montalbán.

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Ricardo Montalbán in The King and I.

Today the Montalbán Theatre is one of the few remaining mid-sized and fully-equipped proscenium theatres in Los Angeles and is known for its excellent sight lines and acoustics. The Theatre and the Foundation are partnered with community performing arts groups such as the Harmony Project, the Lula Washington Dance Company, the Tierra Blanca Arts Center and the UDLA. The Montalbán has also hosted a variety of professional productions including Selena, Culture Clash’s Zorro in Hell, The Who’s Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar (with the original cast), A Night Without Monty Python (with Eric Idle and other stars), a closed-circuit broadcast of the World Cup, an evening with comedian Billy Connolly, and most recently a two-week run of John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown.

For more information about The Montalbán theatre and their events  CLICK HERE.

 Blog Source: http://www.themontalban.com/history-of-our-theater/

Don’t Be Jimmy

With a line up that includes, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, White Christmas, The King and I, Rent, Motown, Circus 1903, Finding Neverland, American in Paris, The Bodyguard, The Book of Mormon, and Hamilton, the Hollywood Pantages 2016-2017 season is one for the record books. While the crew here at the theatre is jumping up and down with excitement, we are also very worried. There are a lot of websites popping up claiming to have tickets to shows that have yet to go on sale. We always want to make sure that everyone that buys a ticket to one of our shows gets to walk through the doors hassle free and be a part of Hollywood History. PLEASE read the information below and watch the video. Share with friends so that no one has to experience the pain of fraudulent tickets.

There are many ticket re-sellers and secondary markets for tickets. For the best seats and to eliminate the risk of fraud, get tickets through the Hollywood Pantages Box Office, HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster. Purchasing tickets from any other seller runs a high risk of receiving fraudulent tickets.

 

 

I Auditioned for HAMILTON

Step One: Admit You Have A Problem

Greetings! I am Michael, Office Manager at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. If you are a theatre nerd like me, you probably have the new musical, “Hamilton”, on repeat in your car. I was fortunate enough to see the show on Broadway a few months ago and it completely moved me. I am still recovering to this day. Baby steps.

A few weeks ago it had been announced that the casting team behind “Hamilton” would be hosting an open call in Los Angeles. I was not going to throw away my shot! Yes, that show reference just happened. Sorry, not sorry.

Saturday, April 16th. The day was finally here! I had my sheet music, headshot and resume ready to go! I met up with my friend Nina and we carpooled to save ourselves the crazy parking hassle. We arrived at the Hollywood United Methodist Church, right in the heart of Hollywood, at 8:30am (Sign In began at 10 a.m.), thinking we were a little “early”. Little did I know, auditioners had arrived as early as 6:30 and I was given #250. The first 2 hours were spent waiting outside in line. Note to self: bring an umbrella to the next open call. From there we were brought into the church’s gym where we signed in and received an audition form. By the time I had reached the front of the line, the chairs/space in the gym had already filled up. I saw an open door leading outside and I decided to take a walk. I found a beautiful rose garden and most importantly: SHADE! I decided to make that my home for the remainder of the audition day.

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The halls were alive with the sound of music! See? Theatre nerd, I warned you. Numerous auditioners were spread out throughout the area doing vocal warm-ups or rehearsing their audition pieces “one last time”. Another HAM reference…I’m a monster that cannot be stopped! Due to the large turnout, we were instructed to do away with our sheet music and go a Capella and the 16-32 bar requirement for our audition song was lowered to 8 bars. I decided to change my song completely and I went with “A House Is Not A Home” by Luther Vandross because I felt I could show/give more in 8 bars with that song, rather than my first song choice. By 12 p.m., they had 600 auditioners and the line had to be cut off. After about an hour, the casting team started lining up the first 50 people and they were put in numerical order and it went on as the day went by. In the waiting process I met many people from various backgrounds and it was great to see this wonderful show bring people together. I met a girl in line from Upstate New York who had just moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She heard about the auditions and immediately cleared her schedule for the weekend. Another person I met was from New York as well, here on vacation. His friend is in the Ensemble of the Broadway cast and filled him in on the audition notice and encouraged him to audition.

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The audition team had the process down to a science and I was truly impressed. Instead of a Broadway audition it felt like an audition for “The Voice” or “American Idol” where you are lined up and then sent to different tables of casting directors. It was about 2:30 p.m. when my group of numbers got called. THIS IS IT! We were lined up, walked to our audition space and then waited outside the room, where we were instructed to go in one by one. I walked in to the cold, quiet audition room also known as The Grant Hall. I walked in to see a casting director, sitting at a table by himself. I walked in, was asked to introduce myself and tell him what I was singing. I got about 30 seconds to sing my song and that was that. If they were considering you for a callback, you were asked to step into another room to sing another song selection or a musical theatre piece and from there they would decide whether or not to call you back the next day.

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In the end, I left without a callback but gained a wonderful experience. I got to audition for THE hottest show in the world and be in a room filled with bright, future stars of tomorrow. Everyone I met was so excited to be there and it was great to see a show like this EXCITE so many people.

As an actor, you will hear a lot of no’s, but it’s up to YOU to pick yourself up and start again.

The next chapter begins…now.

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Michael currently works as the Office Manager for the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. He was bitten by the theatre bug at the age of 4, when his grandmother encouraged him to audition for his first musical. Michael not only loves to perform, but he loves watching live theatre whenever he gets the chance and is a huge advocate for Arts education in our schools. When not at work or performing, Michael serves as Vice President for the Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse, a Board Member for the California State Thespian Society and an adjudicator for Pantages’ very own Jerry Herman Awards. Michael has performed all around Southern California in shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Urinetown, Grease and West Side Story…to name a few. Theatre is a huge part of his life, so he thanks you for your patronage and for helping to keep the theatre community alive and thriving!

Hollywood History, On Hollywood’s Biggest Night

By Alyssa Appleton

Living in Los Angeles, the hotbed of the entertainment industry, one cannot make it through the beginning of the year without being privy to multiple conversations about The Golden Globes®, The SAG Awards®, The Critics’ Choice Awards®…and the one night often thought to be at the pinnacle, The Academy Awards®. For a number of months, the entertainment industry buckles down and three words are uttered over and over again: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. And whether the murmurs on Hollywood’s lips are regarding the significant, continual lack of diversity in the Oscars® race, to Jennifer Lawrence’s newest role, to who’s-wearing-whom, the conversations are always surrounding one topic: Award Season.

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The 1954 Academy Awards® Presentations. George Silk/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images.

If you are unfamiliar with the history of the Hollywood Pantages, you may be asking yourself why this live theatre has a blog post up about the film industry’s biggest time of the year. But this theatre was not always a stage for touring Broadway shows and live events. The Hollywood Pantages was once both a Vaudeville house and a movie theater—one of the most popular in all of Hollywood—showing the hottest films, sometimes with live orchestras, to eager, excited audiences. And since the Oscars® are mere weeks away, a little history about the Awards in relation to our wonderful 2703 seemed fitting.

In the early 1950s, the Academy Awards® decided to call the Hollywood Pantages home. Yes, for nearly a decade, Oscar® knew the Hollywood Pantages as his inner sanctum. On March 19, 1953, when the Awards turned a quarter of a century old, they were televised for the first time. Cecil B. DeMille took home the Oscar® that night not only for best film of the year (The Greatest Show on Earth), but also the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award. The following year, From Here to Eternity swept with eight awards, including one for its Best Supporting Actor, the incomparable Frank Sinatra. Yul Brynner was awarded for The King and I in 1957, a story well-loved both by film and stage audiences. The Hollywood Pantages will have the pleasure of hosting the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The King and I in our upcoming season.

Clark Gable and Grace Kelly during the 1954 Academy Awards®.

Clark Gable and Grace Kelly during the 1954 Academy Awards®.

Just like people crowd the Kodak Theatre today on the afternoon of the Academy Awards®, thousands of people surrounded the Hollywood Pantages on “The Biggest Night in Hollywood,” hoping to catch a glimpse of Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and many more beloved celebrities of the time.

Glistening gowns, handsome tuxes, the echo of heels, the clamor of fans, the whispers of filmmakers…the Hollywood Pantages has seen it all. And oh, if that marquee could tell us the stories of what it is she’s seen.

Backstage at the first televised Academy Awards® in 1953.

Backstage at the first televised Academy Awards® in 1953.

 

Alyssa Appleton is a writer/actor living in Los Angeles, devoted to all things in nerdculture: TV, film, books, gaming, theatre, comedy, you name it. Like this post? You can her out on her website: www.alyssaappleton.com, or follow her on twitter: www.twitter.com/alyssaappleton.

Alyssa Appleton is a writer/actor living in Los Angeles, devoted to all things in nerdculture: TV, film, books, gaming, theatre, comedy, you name it. Like this post? You can check her out on her website: www.alyssaappleton.com, or follow her on twitter: @alyssaappleton.

The Eternal House Staff

The season of spooks and ghouls is upon us. It would be remiss of us if we didn’t take you into the dark side of the Hollywood Pantages. In our 85 years here in Hollywood we have picked up an interesting story or two. The best stories are about our guests that never truly leave the theatre.

The Sisters

Many theatre employees have said to have seen a pair of sisters sitting in the mezzanine. They always seem to be sitting in the same seats in the front row of the mezzanine. We don’t blame them for never giving up such good seats.

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The front row of the mezzanine where The Sisters have been spotted.

The Dog

For years theatre employees have reported hearing the barking of a dog coming from the basement. Occasionally the jingling of dog tags is also heard. No evidence of an animal trapped in the basement has ever been found…or stepped in.

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The Mirror Room

If you ever want to hear creepy stories about the theatre the best people to ask are our ushers. After every performance here at the theatre, the ushers check each restroom to make sure they are clear of patrons. One evening a female usher wandered down to the the ladies restroom on the left side of the lobby near the lower bar to check for remaining patrons. (For those of you who have been to the theatre this is the restroom with the mirrored powder room attached.)  When she got there she saw a woman standing near the last sink. She told her supervisor that there was one lady finishing up in the restroom. As the minutes went on and no one came out of the restroom the usher went back down to check on the woman. She was nowhere to be seen. No one had seen anyone exit the restroom. Others have reported seeing a woman’s face in a particular piece of mirrored glass within the mirror room.

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The ladies restroom just off of the mirrored powder room where an usher saw a woman at the last sink in the row.

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The mirrored powder room. Some have said to see the face of a woman in on of the pieces of mirrored glass.

Tunnel 4

Each night the ushers are assigned their positions. Many ushers dislike the position known as Tunnel 4. (also known as the mezzanine entrance on house left) When placed in this position the usher is responsible for directing patrons to their seats. After the show begins the usher in that position takes a seat at the end of the hall. Whenever a patron walks by the usher stands out of respect for the patron and to be ready to help if needed. Ushers have reported hearing footsteps coming down the hall which cues them to stand up only to find no one there.

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The entrance to Tunnel 4

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Tunnel 4

The Gentleman in the Bowler Hat

During our renovation in 2000 the entire theatre was filled to the ceiling with scaffolding. One of the workers was on the scaffolding in the back corner of the mezzanine when he turned around to see a man standing near the door wearing a hat. At first the worker didn’t think anything of it but when he turned back around to ask why he was there the man was gone. Shortly after that the entire work crew walked off the job. This particular spirit has been seen by many of the ushers after the show is over and everyone has left the building sitting in his seat in the mezzanine. Others that have reported seeing this man in the hat claim that he is the ghost of the late Howard Hughes who owned the Hollywood Pantages from 1949 – 1959. During that time period Hughes resided in an apartment above the theatre where our Marketing, Advertising and Group Sales offices are located today.

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Howard Hughes

The Singing Ghost

There is a lot of mystery surrounding this ghost. Some say she was an aspiring actress that committed suicide. Some say she died in the mezzanine during a show. (Although there are no reports of a death at the theatre) People have reported hearing a voice being picked up over the microphone system during shows. She apparently has a thing for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber because her favorites to sing along to are The Phantom of The Opera and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

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

www.hollywoodpantages.com/annie

www.sweetlosangeles.com

 

 

 

 

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)

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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.