AKA: Biltmore Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Schultze and Weaver, Architects (firm); Leonard B. Schultze (architect); S. Fullerton Weaver Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1922-1924

5th Street and Grand Avenue
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

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Southwest corner Fifth Street and Grand Avenue;

The Biltmore, one of Los Angeles's most exclusive of the 1920s, featured live productions--operas, musicals and dramas. It seated 1,700 when it opened on 03/03/1924, featuring a performance of Jerome Kern's "Sally." Over the years, many significant stage productions occurred here, such as Ethel Barrymore's 1928 performance in Maugham's "Constant Wife," and Katherine Cornell's in a 1936 production of Shaw's "Saint Joan." "My Fair Lady" had a pre-Broadway run here c. 1960. The final show was "Enter Laughing," starring Yvonne De Carlo and Alan Arkin which closed following a 3-week run on 04/25/1964. The theatre's last owners, Joseph Harris, David Karno and Joseph Rubin, (forming Biltmore Associates) could not afford to pay taxes on the empty building.

A covered passage connected the Biltmore Theatre with the neighboring Biltmore Hotel.

Demolished; demolition began in 09/1964 and took several months to complete; the Cleveland Wrecking Company destroyed the building for $100,000 to make way for a parking lot. Later, the Biltmore Office Tower occupied the site.

PCAD id: 1868