Hollywood Pantages Open House
As I mentioned, we are now season ticket holders for the 2016 – 2017 season at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. This past Wednesday they had an open house for new season ticket holders where we got to tour the house as well as backstage.
Built in 1930, the Pantages theatre is a gorgeous art deco space. For more on the history, see this link. We learned that the house is all a tribute to the Sun, complete with a mural of Apollo. The theatre seats 2,073(?) and was renovated in 1999 when it reopened for the national tour of Disney’s The Lion King. I’m old enough that I actually auditioned for that show (here’s the link to the LA Times article I was interviewed for). I remember the Pantages being all boarded up and I remember the fanfare when it reopened.
We got to go up on stage as well as backstage and toured the trap room. It was great to take our time and walk around and actually get to appreciate the theatre space, something we don’t get to do when there’s a show.
During the renovation, there were some chandeliers in the lobby that had to be recreated from pictures. There are two theories on what happened to the originals. One is that they were donated for war efforts. The other is that they’re in Barbra Streisand’s basement. It was that night that I learned that Barbra Streisand is a bit of a hoarder.
Hedwig is the first show of the season and runs in November. Tickets are currently on sale.