There it stood. 54 years before the dedication of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 93 years before the doors opened to Walt Disney Concert Hall. 75 years before it’s own demolition to make way for a parking lot near 5th & Hill in Downtown Los Angeles.
It opened with a performance of “Aida” on the largest stage in the west. It hosted the premier of D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation”, with a full orchestra to play the score. The Los Angeles Philharmonic would call it home for more than 4 decades.
It stood as a pillar to music and the arts. It stood as a symbol of pride for the city. It was the Philharmonic Auditorium. Clune Auditorium. The Theatre Beautiful.
The year was 1910.
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