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El Portal Theatre play
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Los Angeles Neighborhoods Photo Collection;
Burkhart, Gerard
Part of the Los Angeles Neighborhoods Project. Made accessible through a grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Ivan and Phyllis Green, 52, watch the human theatre play before them at El Portal Theatre opening night party. The theatre, designed by Lewis A. Smith, was originally built as a vaudeville house and sits directly across Lankershim Blvd; the art deco Marquee is visible to thousands of cars that travel on the boulevard daily. Since its opening in 1926 -- first for Vaudeville, then Silent Movies, and then Academy Award-winning films -- the theatre has weathered the Jazz Age, the Depression, 4 wars, and finally the great earthquake of 1994. Rebuilt in the late 90's and opened in January of 2000, the once 1400-seat movie palace now houses three theatres -- the 42-seat Studio Theatre, the 95-seat Forum, and the 360-seat MainStage -- along with the Judith Kaufman Art Gallery. El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. Photograph dated January 16, 2000.
1 photographic print :b&w ;29 x 36 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles Neighborhoods Collection;
GPC_b2_f1_i9; A-010-169 4x5
El Portal Theatre (North Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Motion picture theaters--California--North Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
North Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Neighborhoods Collection photographs
Smith, Lewis A

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