Something For The Architecture, Music, And Holiday Lovers Out There

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On Sunday, December 18 at 3:00pm, the Golden State Pops Orchestra will hold its second of two Holiday Pops Spectaculars at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro.

The show features traditional Christmas music as well as newer classics like selections from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. If you’re an Art Deco enthusiast and you’ve never been to the Warner Grand, you’ve been missing out on one of the best architectural secrets in our fair city. The Warner Grand played host to movie premieres during the studio’s heyday and has survived many attempts to tear it down or “renovate” it beyond all recognition. It is the last of 3 theaters designed by Marcus Priteca for San Pedro, Beverly Hills, and Huntington Park. He went on to design the famous Pantages Theater. It celebrates its 75th Birthday this January.

The Golden State Pops was formed in January of 2002 and is currently the only year-round pops orchestra in the Los Angeles area. Later this year, they will offer Looney Tunes, Sci-Fi, and Superhero themed performances.

I enjoyed tonight’s show and recommend it to anyone looking for a nice way to pass a Sunday afternoon. Check out the GSPO website for ticket information.

Photo from the volunteer-maintained Warner Grand website. To support preservation efforts, please visit the Grand Vision Foundation website to find out what you can do to help protect this local treasure.