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: 1270

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.

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.

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.

Danni Bayles Yeager's Performing Arts Archive has a program for a 1940 production of "Our Town" at the Wilshire Ebell.

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




A view of the Wilshire side of
 the Wilshire Ebell building in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

[ click on these photos to enlarge ]



Along the Lucerne side of the building.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010





The theatre entrance on 8th St.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010



     L.A. Public Library Collection    

 www.lapl.org



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



     Tickets R Here    

http://www.ticketsr.com


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












A view of the corner at Wilshire
 and Lucerne Blvd. in 2010.


photo: Bill Counter - 2010

[ click to enlarge ]



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     Biz Bash    

www.bizbash.com/losangeles


A view of the Ebell proscenium on Biz
 Bash's
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.



     Corey Miller on Flickr    




This is from Corey Miller's great

    Public Art in L.A.    

www.publicartinla.com



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.  




     Photos of Los Angeles    

www.facebook.com/groups/244565982234863



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



     Carlos Rossi on Flickr    

www.flickr.com/photos/fatalblade



A nice shot by Carlos of the arch of
 the Wilshire Blvd. entrance to he 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    

www.facebook.com/pages/Vintage-Los-Angeles


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

full size view


     You Are Here    

www.you-are-here.com/theatre


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.