I thought I’d post this for the benefit of the people who follow this page, but who don’t or haven’t lived in LA and been able to experience the glory of the Pantages Theatre for themselves. From this photo, you can only begin to appreciate the Art Deco detail that went into building the Pantages, which opened in June 1930. Had Alexander Pantages known the Great Depression was coming he probably wouldn’t have sunk so much money into it, but we modern-day Angelenos are sure glad he did. Pantages sold his landmark theater in 1932 to Fox West Coast Theaters. In 1949, Howard Hughes acquired it for his RKO Theatre Circuit and moved his personal offices to the building’s second floor. From 1949 through 1959, the theater hosted the annual Academy Award Ceremonies.
A circa 1929 shot of of lounging chairs at the Pantages Theatre: