Wilshire Ebell Theatre

4400 Wilshire Blvd.  &  4401 W. 8th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90005    | map |

(323) 939-0126

Website: The organization's website, www.ebellla.com, has lots of information about the building.

Opened:  In 1927 with a production of Sigmund Romberg's "Desert Song."

Architect:  Sumner P. Hunt designed the building for the Ebell of Los Angeles Women's Club.

Seating: 1,270

Status: The club is thriving and the theatre as well as other ballrooms and meeting spaces are rented out for a variety of events.

History: This club and theatre, located in the affluent Hancock Park area, has always been a popular venue for a variety of events.

Judy Garland (then Francis Gumm) supposedly had her first audition at the Wilshire Ebell and was later "discovered" while performing here. In 1937 Amelia Earhart made her last public appearance at the Ebell before embarking on her last flight.

The theatre was known in the late 20s and early 30s as the Windsor Square Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St. and the address has also appeared as 743 S. Lucerne Blvd.

An ad for the Ebell as the Windsor Square Theatre.
 It was a find of Ken McIntyre on the Facebook page
 Photos of Los Angeles.  The show was "Pierre
 of the Plains" with the note: "Not a Movie."

The Ebell on Television: This club, with its great variety of spaces, is a favorite shooting location and has appeared in "CSI:Miami" and "Mad Men."

More Information: See Jennifer Steinhauer's August 2010 New York Times Article "A Sanctuary for Women, Even Today" for a nice history of the club and its activities.

Danni Bayles Yeager's Performing Arts Archive has a program for a 1940 production of "Our Town" at the Wilshire Ebell. The California State Library has a 1989 exterior view of the Wilshire side of the building by William Reagh.

There's a nice post (# 3500) on Noirish Los Angeles with photos and discussion of the Ebell.  And check in with post #3508  and post #3509 for photos of other Ebell clubs in the Los Angeles Area.

On our Downtown Theatres site see our listing for the earlier Ebell Club  
at 1719 S. Figueroa St. That listing also has information on a prior club building on Broadway and a link to a photo of an even earlier one, evidently a rental adjacent to a church.

See our page on the Ebell Theatre Long Beach as well.

The theatre entrance on 8th St.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

     The Ebell online    


An auditorium shot from the Ebell Club website.

     L.A. Public Library Collection    


A 1927 Herald Examiner photo in the Library's
collection. We're looking south from Wilshire with
the main building in front, the theatre in back.
full size view | on LAPL's Facebook page

A 1929 exterior from the Library's collection.
 full size view

Another 1929 view from the Herlick Studio.
 full size view

A 1937 view by Dick Whittington when
the theatre was known as the
Windsor Square Theatre.
 full size view

The photo above is also in the USC Archives,
where they date it as 1939.

A 1939 Herald Examiner photo of a house moving
 project with the Ebell in the background.

full size view

     Photos of Los Angeles    


A 1929 view of the Ebell Building
on Photos of Los Angeles.
full size view | on Photos of LA

A 2003 exterior shot from Dave PD.
 full size view | on Photos of LA

A lobby photo by Dave PD.
full size view | on Photos of LA

A peek into the main floor from
Dave PD's 2003 Ebell Theatre set.
A look across the main floor.
A Dave PD photo looking toward
 the rear of the house in 2003.
full size view | on Photos of LA

     You Are Here    


A view of the theatre entrance by Martin. 
full size view

Also on the site:
 |  another exterior view  |

See this great site's Wilshire Boulevard index
 page for links to lots more exploration along Wilshire.

     Tickets R Here    


This great interior view is from the
Tickets R Here
Wilshire Ebell Theatre page.
slightly larger view

The corner at Wilshire and Lucerne Blvd.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

[ click on any of these photos to enlarge ]

The Wilshire side of the Wilshire Ebell building.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

Along the Lucerne side of the building.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

The view across the Ebell auditorium.

photo: Wendell Benedetti - Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation - 2015

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

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     Biz Bash    


A view of the Ebell proscenium on Biz
Wilshire Ebell Theatre page. 
larger view

A view toward the rear of the auditorium. 
The photo is by Marianne Lozano Photography.
On Biz Bash: full size view

A look back under the balcony.
The photo is by Marianne Lozano Photography.
On Biz Bash: full size view

A nice view from the balcony of the theatre.
The photo is by Marianne Lozano Photography.
On Biz Bash: full size view

See the site's Ebell page for several other great views.
Biz Bash is a site that has data on many venues around
the city to help event planners compare amenities
and select event locations.

     California State Library    


A c.1927 Mott Studio photo looking
 across the theatre's balcony.
full size view | data page

The east side of the building as we look north
 toward Wilshire. It's a c.1927 Mott Studio photo.
full size view | data page

Another exterior shot from the Mott Studio,
 this time looking southwest from Wilshire.

The Library's collection includes
these c.1927 Mott Studio items:

| # 001385922 - 1 view: courtyard - data page |
| # 001386168 - 2 views: courtyard - data page |
| # 001386234 - 4 views: lounges - data page |
| # 001416450
- 7 views: lounge, exterior - data page  |
| # 001424635 - 1 view: corner exterior - data page |
| # 001535358 - 3 views: courtyard, exterior - data page  |
| # 001535367 - 16 views: 1 of theatre + other areas - data page |

and also:
| # 001383456  William Reagh 1989 - Wilshire facade |

     Corey Miller on Flickr    

This is from Corey Miller's great

    Public Art in L.A.    


A view of the Wilshire Ebell roof sign at night.

full size view (plus another shot)

Also see this site's
Neon Signs Along Wilshire Boulevard
page for an index to many photos on the site.  

     Carlos Rossi on Flickr    


A nice shot by Carlos of the arch of
 the Wilshire Blvd. entrance to the building.
 It's from his Wilshire Blvd. set.

You can start with this one and page
 through 7 more exterior shots in the set.
 full size view

   Vintage Los Angeles    


A 1954 view of the Ebell from the collection
of Richard Wojcik on Vintage Los Angeles.

full size view