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Construction of the Pilgrimage Theatre
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
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Los Angeles Public Library
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Made of cast concrete, the amphitheater was designed to resemble the ancient architecture of the Holy Land for the purposes of the play performed there. The previous amphitheater on the site was built in 1920, but a brush fire in October 1929 destroyed that wooden structure. The religious-themed Pilgrimage Play, written by Christine Whetherill Stevenson, was performed every summer between 1920 to 1941. During WWII the theater was deeded to Los Angeles County and converted into dormitories for servicemen. After the war, the play resumed until 1964, at which time it was legally ordered to close due to its religious content. In the early 1970s, the amphitheater was renamed after John Anson Ford, in honor of his dedicated and successful campaign to revive the facility. Photo
The seating area of the new Pilgrimage Theatre during construction. Dated May 27, 1931.
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Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Hollywood-Theaters-John Anson Ford Amphitheatre; N-001-840.5 5x7
Pilgrimage Theatre (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Building construction--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Theaters--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Men--California--Los Angeles
Amphitheaters--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Mountains--California, Southern
Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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