Globe Theatre -- earlier auditorium views




Across the rear of the main floor.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014

The area behind the columns was originally an open
standee area, later a full height wall was installed at the
column line making it a separate lobby.

The stairs go up to the 1st balcony -- but not the 2nd.

[ click on any of these photos for a larger view ]



The stripped out view of the rear
of the main floor house right.


photo: Hunter Kerhart
- November 2013

 At the extreme right we're heading out into
 the outer lobby leading to Broadway.

See the lobby page for views of the Broadway
 entrance as well as the area behind the columns that
 used to be separated from the auditorium.



The bar on the house right side of
 the main floor as Club 740.

photo: courtesy of Ralph Verdugo -
  Club 740 - c.2008




A 1st balcony soffit detail.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014

See Sandi Hemmerlein's 2014 Avoiding Regret photo essay
"The Globe Theatre Under Construction" for many fine views
 of her adventures crawling the theatre during a LAHTF
"all-about" tour.  Thanks, Sandi!



Across toward house right during
 a LAHTF tour of the theatre.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is actively involved
in the study and preservation of the vintage theatres in the L.A. area.
The group frequently supports events and offers tours of the buildings.
www.lahtf.org | group Facebook page | official FB page



Investigating the Globe at a LAHTF "all-about" tour.

photo: Wendell Benedetti - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation
- 2009


Mr. Benedetti's wonderful photo of the Globe Theatre
 appears in his Historic Los Angeles Theatres set on Flickr.
 this photo  |  the full set



A proscenium view -- with part
of the fire curtain in sight.

photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2009




The bottom of the painted fire
 curtain and a peek backstage.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- November 2013

Beyond at the left we see the stage right flyfloor. Across
the center of the upstage wall is the paint bridge.



The auditorium after removal of
the Club 740 paraphernalia.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - November 2013




Another view toward the rear of the auditorium.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - November 2013


An earlier view toward the rear of
the auditorium from onstage.

photo: courtesy of Ralph Verdugo -
  Club 740 - c.2008


Mr. Verdugo was the proprietor of the Globe
during its Club 740 days. Thanks, Ralph!

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A fine look up at the 2nd balcony and back
 of the ceiling from the main floor.

photo: Stephen Russo - January 2014

The attic stops about where the decorative plaster does --
 it's a lower roof over that very back section of the 2nd balcony.
Thanks, Stephen!



Down a little lower: upward across the faces
of both the 1st and 2nd balconies.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014



A 1st balcony plaster detail from Hunter's photo.

Note the sockets still remaining on
the face of the balcony for light bulbs.




Looking upward toward the two
balconies from the main floor.

photo: courtesy of Ralph Verdugo -
  Club 740 - c.2008




A proscenium view from 1st balcony level.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014



The view down into the house right box.

photo: Bill Counter
- January 2014



A light fixture of uncertain vintage
in the house right proscenium box.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014



Across the auditorium from the 1st balcony.

photo: Wendell Benedetti - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - January 2014

The event was the LAHTF "all-about" tour. Wendell's
 photo originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page.



The 1st balcony from a proscenium box.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014

Note the built up terrace at the front of the balcony. It's only two
 levels -- note the former VIP room behind glass up at the top level.




The rear of the 1st balcony looking toward house right.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

See that strange room with the porthole? In there (and a
similar room behind us house left) one can see a portion
of the original balcony risers that weren't cut away.



The porthole room house right.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - January 2014



In the porthole room house right -- a
chunk of the original risers is still visible.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014


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The sidewall at the front of
the 1st balcony house right.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - January 2014

Note the height of the added terrace in
reference to the abandoned exit door.



Another Club 740 era 1st balcony view.

photo: courtesy of Ralph Verdugo -
  Club 740 - c.2008



In the south exit passageway: the bottom
of the stairs up to the 2nd balcony.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

The second balcony entrance was from the alley. The stairs
 up are at the west end of the exit passageways along both the
 north and south sides of the building.

There's an old ticket window in the south passageway near the
alley. Along that passageway there was a set of stairs to the basement
 (now blocked) to separate restrooms for second balcony customers.
There is neither a lobby nor restrooms at the second balcony level.


For photos taken in the north and south exit
 passageways see the recent exterior views page.



At the top: looking back down.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

Note that although this stairway wasn't used as access to the
 second balcony since the 30s, we have emergency lighting. It was
 used as a fire exit for the Mexican wax museum on the 3rd floor of
 the Garland Building in the 70s. At right are the added steps up
 from balcony level to get into the Garland Building.




At the top: the steps down
 from the Wax Museum.


photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

Straight ahead, through an added doorway,
and you're at the back of the 2nd balcony.



One enters the 2nd balcony at the back crossaisle.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014

In addition to the two exits you see that go onto a fire escape,
back in the corner to the left is the top of the internal stairway.
All lead to the exit passageway on the north side of the building.

The exiting situation is similar on the south side.



Across the back crossaisle of the 2nd balcony.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014

The attic above stops about where that band of
 molding is. Above the back crossaisle the roof steps
down and there's no attic above.




Another back crossaisle view.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014



The original wall stencil design is revealed behind a
piece of ductwork at the center of the backwall.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

The duct went down to the projection booth at the rear of
 the first balcony. It was installed in 1930 and is now gone.



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The 1913 stencil pattern.

photo: Bill Counter
- January 2014



One of the hanging fixtures along the back
crossaisle of the second balcony. Looks original.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



The panoramic view down.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014



Another 2nd balcony proscenium view.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014



A detail of the ante-proscenium cove house right.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

This cove was lit originally. There's conduit and electrical
 boxes visible from the attic side. But no rear access. Evidently
 one leaned a ladder up to the side of the cove from the second
 balcony and slithered along on the belly to relamp.



The figures at the end of the frieze house right.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



Looking over the edge of
 the ante-proscenium cove.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

Yes, it was lit originally. Here we see the remains
of a later installation using fluorescents.




Another look at the 2nd balcony seats.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014

Yes, the wire thingies underneath are a holder
 for your hat. Brim down, that is.



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House left: looking down the north interior stairs.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

That bricked in window would look down
 onto the north exit passageway.



     Boing Boing    

www.boingboing.net


A great view of the auditorium from this
site's 2010 post by Mark Frauenfelder about
an event called "Mindshare LA." 
larger view


     L.A. Conservancy    

www.laconservancy.org    



A view of the Morosco's proscenium.
The photo is from the Theatre Historical
Society Terry Helgesen Collection and once
appeared on the Conservancy's website in a
 Broadway Theatre photo gallery.

Sorry, there isn't a larger view.  Yes, this is the
only vintage auditorium photo to surface so far.



     Eric Lynxwiler on Flickr    

  flickr.com/photos/79761301@N00


Eric's terrific Los Angeles Theatres set
  has several great photos of the Globe Theatre
  including this 2009 view of the proscenium.
 
full size view

Also in the set:

| side box - plaster detail  | side box - looking up  |
 | looking up toward the balconies  |





The view toward the stage at the back of the main floor.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014

Keep up with Hunter's explorations:
on Facebook | hunterkerhart.com | on Flickr

South On Spring - a photography blog



The stage from the rear of the main floor house left.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- November 2013



A look toward toward the stage from the rear
of the auditorium in the building's Club 740 days.


photo: courtesy of Ralph Verdugo -
  Club 740 - c.2008




The house left proscenium box -- and a peek backstage.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- November 2013



Lighting up one of the faces on the
 house left proscenium box.

photo: Erik Chol, Globe Theatre - November 2013
globetheatre-la.com | Globe on Facebook

It's not a spotlight but sunlight coming in from a small window
 above the grid. Mr. Chol is embarking on a multi-million dollar restoration
of the Globe. Upon reopening in 2014 it'll be a venue for theatrical
 productions, films, concerts and special events.  Thanks, Erik!



Another look at the left proscenium box.

photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2009

Thanks, Don! The floor of the auditorium has been leveled.
Those two arches below the balcony level box were once the
entrance to a box slightly elevated above the main floor.



An earlier view of the house left box.

photo: courtesy of Ralph Verdugo -
  Club 740 - c.2008




A look upward at the center ornament on the house
right box and the ante-proscenium cove above.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014



Another look at a creature on
the face of one of the boxes.

photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2009




A proscenium view with a detail of the
sounding board area above the arch.

photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2009




From Don's photo: a detail
 of the frieze above the proscenium.




 House right -- with a view up into the first balcony.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- November 2013

Note the level of the raised floor in front of the arches of the
 proscenium box. See that room with the porthole in the first balcony
 at the top center of the photo? That's were you can see a portion of the
original balcony risers that didn't get removed. Another chunk is
 viewable in a similar strange room on the house left side.
Thanks, Hunter!




The passage from backstage behind
 the house right proscenium box.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014




The main floor box arches. Note the raised
 floor level here on the auditorium side.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014



Another view up toward the
balconies from the main floor.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - November 2013



A wide angle view from the house right box.

photo: Wendell Benedetti - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - January 2014

Thanks, Wendell!  The photo originally
appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page.



A look along the rail of the 1st balcony.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014



Looking down onto the front of the 1st balcony.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014

Between the brass rail and the added riser is
the space where the front row of seats was.




From the house left box: looking inside
the 1st balcony at the hidden risers.

photo: Bill Counter - 2014

The daylight you're seeing is where that flexible duct is
supposed to connect to a hole in an exit door. Portable AC units
 were positioned out on the no longer used fire escape.



A 2nd balcony soffit detail.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014


We're on the front terrace of the first balcony. To get an idea of how
much the floor here has been raised, take a look at the half obstructed
 exit door at house left. It went onto a fire escape, no longer used. 

The two sets of stairs from the rear of the main floor are the
 only currently used exits and entrances to this level.




Across the 1st balcony at original crossaisle level.

photo: Hunter Kerhart - January 2014

This is the level one enters the balcony on at the
top of the stairs. It's now just two terraces. Up the steps
and you're in the glassed-in former VIP area.




The rear of the 1st balcony toward house left.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014

 The balcony floor has been radically re-sloped with the back
lowered and the front raised, resulting in just two terraces.

All the risers above the crossaisle were removed except for a bit
left in rooms at the extreme ends. A new new lower height floor
slab replaced them.
  The projection booth, installed in 1930
 at the back of the first balcony, is gone.




You're a VIP on the upper 1st balcony terrace.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



The 1st balcony during the Club 740 days
 looking toward the house left wall.

photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2009




A first balcony light fixture.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



Up the south stairs.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

The window would have looked out
 into the south exit passageway.




Another view on the south
stairs to the 2nd balcony.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014




At the top: the hall into the Wax Museum.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



The proscenium from the long-closed 2nd balcony.

photo: Don Solosan - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - January 2014

The event was the LAHTF "all-about" tour. Don's
 photo originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page.



A lovely photo giving us a good idea of
the slope of the 2nd balcony.

photo: Sandi Hemmerlein -
Avoiding Regret - January 2014

See Sandi Hemmerlein's 2014 Avoiding Regret photo essay
"The Globe Theatre Under Construction" for many fine views
 of her adventures crawling the theatre during a LAHTF
 "all-about" tour.  Thanks, Sandi!



Down the center aisle.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014



The 2nd balcony from house right.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014



A wall sconce house left.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

This appears to be original and is perhaps the last of 12.
There was once one on each side of the six balcony exits.



A balcony ceiling detail.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

This grille near us is one of two just open to the attic.
The one off to the right, on the house centerline is ducted
up to the exhaust fan. There's also a winch above it for a
 now-missing chandelier.




The vista from house left.

photo: Hunter Kerhart
- January 2014

Back in the upper corner is the top of the interior stairway
 down to the south exit passage along side the building. It's been
 boxed in a bit to isolate it from the balcony from the time when it
 was used as a fire exit from the 3rd floor of the Garland Building,
once a Mexican wax museum.

This stairway was the main entrance to the second balcony. Go
 through the doorway at the end of the aisle, take a right, go up a
 couple of steps (added later) and you're in the Garland Building.




A closer look at the house right sidewall.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014

The upper exits onto the fire escapes
got bricked in, the lower ones didn't.




A proscenium frieze detail.

photo: Stephen Russo - January 2014



An end standard detail.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014



More seats.

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014


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Top of the 2nd balcony house left:
 the exit to the north interior stairs

photo: Bill Counter - January 2014




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www.thelocationportal.com



A look at the main floor in earlier club days.
It's from the 740 South Broadway page of
the site The Location Portal.
full size view




The vista forward from the bar at the back of
the main floor. Behind the bar was a wall enclosing
 separate retail space in the Broadway lobby.




An interesting view along the front of the
first balcony to see what was done with the
balcony terracing.
full size view



A view up into the heavens.
full size view

Check out their page on the Globe
 for 29 interesting views.