(Erlanger's) Biltmore Theatre
520 W. 5th St. / Los Angeles, CA 90013
Opened: March 3, 1924
with a production of Sally, Irene and Mary.
(Will Rogers was the emcee and tickets were $10.00.)
(Above: The same box, redecorated.)
The souvenir brass tickets for the opening said:
A.L. Erlanger, Joe Toplitzky, Owners
Edward D. Smith, Manager
March 3, 1924
THIS ENTIRE TICKET MAY BE RETAINED AS A
SOUVENIR OF THE OPENING PERFORMANCE
It was still part of the Erlanger circuit during the 30's and 40's.
The entire downtown LA area was a major venue for Broadway shows playing Los Angeles.
(Above: 1962 marquee.)
Architects: Renowned New York hotel architects Leonard Schultze and S. Fullerton Weaver
designed both the Biltmore Hotel and the adjacent Biltmore Theatre.
(Above: Biltmore balcony and lobby.)
Interior decoration was by John B. Smeraldi.
Anthony Heinsbergen was one of Mr. Smeraldi's apprentices.
(Above: Looking East on 5th Street.)
The theatre was connected to the hotel via an arcade and also had the entrance on 5th St.
(Above: Being demolished in 1964.)
Later a tower addition to the hotel was built on the site.
Programs available from this theatre:
The Shanghai Gesture (1927)
George White's Scandals (1940)
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