Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Warner Brothers Western Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

ID: 225
Alt. Name: Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Construction Date: Start Date: 1930
End Date: 1931
Notes: The Western Theatre occupied a corner of the Pellissier Building, designed by Morgan, Walls, and Clements; the theatre opened as the Warner Brothers Western Theatre, 10/06/1931 with approximately 2,334 seats. It seated 2,200 in 2005.
Alteration Note: Noted Los Angeles Muralist Antoon B. Heinsbergen (1894-1981) painted wall and ceiling decorations in the Wiltern Theatre in 1941. Restoration c. 1984-1985 by Brenda Levin and Associates for owner and preservation supporter Wayne Ratkovich of the real estate firm, Ratkovich, Bowers and Perez, Incorporated (later called "The Ratkovich Company"; seats of the renovated Wiltern Theatre were obtained from the Portland (OR) Paramount Theatre; the Pellissier Building was renovated at this time by Rossetti Associates; the original theatre organ, removed by the Pacific Theatres chain, was replaced by one obtained from the Forum Theatre on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA; the Wiltern Theatre was closed between 1980-1985, before reopening on Wednesday, 05/01/1985.
Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres
Locations: Structure:
3790 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
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