Art-Deco Ceiling

Larry Costales

Lake Elsinore, United States

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Warner Grand Theater ceiling – San Pedro, CA Info from Website:
This lavish Art-Deco theater was originally opened to the public on January 20, 1931 with a star-studded gala premier. It was designed by B. Marcus Prieca who had formerly been the “house architect” for the Pantages Theater chain. The Warner Brothers hired the architect to build three lavish Art-Deco Palaces located in San Pedro, Beverly Hills and Huntington Beach, California.

The Warner Grand Theatre is the last of the three original theaters left intact. It is one of the few remaining theaters of its kind anywhere. It boasted an opulent lobby with decorative ceilings, etched glass chandeliers and colorfully-tiled fountains. A double staircase led to equally ornate mezzanine lounges. The auditorium included such details as floral stenciling on the ceilings, period lighting fixtures, lavish organ screens, and a curtain featuring a castle rising from the sea, in keeping with the theater’s billing as “The Castle of Your Dreams”. It was the first sound-equipped theater in all of the South Bay. As with virtually all of the theaters of that day, it was designed to accommodate traveling vaudeville circuits with a full stage house, orchestra pit and basement designed for dressing rooms, but unfortunately stage performances were never pursued under the Warner Brothers flag.

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