One of Hollywood’s most treasured theaters will finally be completed, reaching its intended height of 12 stories, according to the L.A. Times.
The 1929 stock market crash halted construction at two stories. To this day, the Pantages Theatre, currently showing the long-running musical “Wicked,” remains a two-story structure.
Now, 77 years after the Pantages’ spectacular opening night, efforts to finish the landmark theater’s upstairs offices are moving ahead again with those long-forgotten 10 additional floors — all true to the original Art Deco design.
Curbed is getting some comments from peeps who this is a bad idea. There are some that think Los Angeles should be all about sleek, modern towers, draped in steel and glass. That we should be building for the future instead of looking backward toward the past.
I say the plan to finish the Pantages in art deco style, in accordance with its original blueprints, is brilliant. This is how Hollywood & Vine should look.
If you haven’t had a chance to see Wicked yet, do it. It’s a great show. Don’t let their long running TV promo fool you…
The Wizard will see you now! (Followed by, what seems to be an off-night couple of notes from the girl in green) Uh-aaauhaaauuuuuuhhh!!
Rendering from the Los Angeles Times