AKA: Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Heinsbergen Decorating Company, Interior Designers (firm); Lansburgh, G. Albert, Architect (firm); Levin and Associates, Architects (firm); Morgan, Walls and Clements, Architects (firm); Rossetti Associates (firm); Anthony T. Heinsbergen (interior designer); Antoon B. Heinsbergen (interior designer/muralist); Gustave Albert Lansburgh (architect); Brenda A. Levin (architect); Gino Rossetti (architect)

Dates: constructed 1930-1931

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3790 Wilshire Boulevard
MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA 90010-2807

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Building 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.


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.

PCAD id: 225