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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.

The Blue Ceiling and Beyond

There are a few things The Hollywood Pantages is known for. The beautiful Art Deco architecture, the glowing chandeliers, our dazzling marquee, and of course our wonderful shows. There is one other thing about us that is simply unique. Beyond the chandelier and the scrolling ceiling facade is the beautiful sprawling blue ceiling. Check out the photos below as we venture into “Howard’s Hideaway” to see the blue ceiling up close.

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Howard Nugent Master Electrician at the Hollywood Pantages takes us into his “Hideaway” above the scrolling ceiling facade.

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Blue light glows above the theatre as we peer through the ceiling facade to the mezzanine seats below.

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The chandelier is visible hanging over the seats of the mezzanine from above the ceiling facade.

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Blue gels are used to create the blue ceiling effect.

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Howard Nugent explains how the blue gels work to create blue ceiling effect.

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The Nederlander “N” is visible from our location above the scrolling ceiling facade

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Above the stage looking at the proscenium.

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The Grand Chandelier

Many photos have been taken over the years of the beautiful Grand Chandelier that illuminates The 2,703 seats beneath it every performance. There is another view that most people don’t get to see and that is the view from inside the Grand Chandelier. Check out the video and photos below as our own Master Electrician, Howard Nugent takes a walk around the inside of the Grand Chandelier.

 

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A view of the stage from inside the chandelier. (Photo Credit Howard Nugent)

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A view of house right from inside the chandelier. (Photo Credit Howard Nugent)

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A small opening from the ceiling allows access to a narrow ladder that climbs down to the chandelier. (Photo Credit Howard Nugent)

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The great detail seen in all other parts of the theatre continues into the ceiling just above the chandelier. (Photo Credit Howard Nugent)

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A look through the small opening down the ladder into the chandelier.

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Master Electrician Howard Nugent climbs down the small ladder into the chandelier

 

How Many People Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

How many people does it take to change a light bulb? When it comes to our three grand chandeliers in the lobby at the Hollywood Pantages…at least four! In order to keep these beauties burning bright a team of four has to hand crank the three chandeliers down to just inches above the floor and the banisters. Check out the photos and video to see the phenomenon for yourself!

A ladder is used to reach the bulbs in the top half of the chandelier.

A ladder is used to reach the bulbs in the top half of the chandelier.

Chandelier hangs over house left grand staircase.

Chandelier hangs over house left grand staircase.

All lower bulbs have to be reached from the ground.

All lower bulbs have to be reached from the ground.

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Center chandelier lowers to a mere 6 inches off the ground.

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Inside the center chandelier from the top.

 

 

 

Welcome to The 2703

Welcome to The 2703, the brand new Hollywood Pantages Blog. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is, “How many seats are in the theatre?” The answer to that question and the name of our blog is 2,703. It’s that kind of insider knowledge we want to share with you! Have you ever wondered what happens at the Hollywood Pantages while you’re not here? We want to peak your curiosity, take you behind the scenes, into rehearsal rooms, and out into Hollywood. We want to give back to our audiences that fill The 2703 every performance.