Wiltern Theater Background and History:
IThis awesome theatre, in combination with the Pellissier Building , is referred to all together as theWiltern. Built in 1931, it stands as a lovely part of the Los Angeles landscape and is in many postcards of Hollywood .
The Wiltern Theatre's interior was designed by G. Albert Lansburgh. Anthony Heinsburgen was contracted by Lansburgh to finish the multi-colored tiles and murals line the interior walls. Heinsbergen included a sunburst on the ceiling with each ray painted into a skyscraper; something Lansburgh hoped Wilshire Blvd. would someday become.
Its exterior was designed by Stiles O. Clements who worked for Los Angeles ' oldest architectural firm. Originally the Wiltern Theater was intended for vaudeville and opened its doors under the name Warner Brothers Western Theater. It closed a year later, and then in the mid-30's it opened as the Wiltern Theater we know so well today.
In 1983, the Wiltern was sold to Wayne Ratkovich, who recruited architect Brenda Levin to help restore the then-dilapidated structure. With the help of A.T. Heinsburgen, the son of the original painter, much of the murals and tile-work was salvaged. Finally, in May 1985, the Wiltern Theater made its third debut; this time fully restored and with seating that offered a variety of configurations.
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