Pantages Theatre (1930-Present)

The Pantages Theatre Circuit had been built on vaudeville, and the new Hollywood theater programmed first-run movies alternating through the day with vaudeville acts for its first two years. But like other theaters during the Great Depression, it was forced to economize and thereafter operated primarily as a movie theater, though live entertainment was presented occasionally.

Alexander Pantages sold the Hollywood landmark in 1932 to Fox West Coast Theaters. In 1949, Howard Hughes acquired the Pantages for his RKO Theatre Circuit and moved his personal offices to the building's second floor. From 1949 through 1959, the theatre hosted the American motion picture industry's annual Academy Award Ceremonies. It continued to be a major venue for Road show movies into the 1970s. From 1965, it was operated by Pacific Theatres. The Pantages closed as a movie theater in January, 1977, and re-opened the following month with Bubbling Brown Sugar, the first of the many stage productions that have since become its regular fare.

Now operated by an arm of the Nederlander Organization, the Pantages is one of Los Angeles' leading venues for live theater (the five highest-grossing weeks in L.A.'s theatrical history were all shows at the Pantages). The theatre has recently presented large-scale Broadway musicals such as Disney's The Lion King, which ran at the theatre for over two years, and hosted the long-running Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical Wicked.

Situated on a prime location, the area's building and a rejuvenation boom has spread to Bob Hope Square with the addition of a new W Hotel and retail stores, tied closely to the Hollywood/Vine station. The theater underwent a $10-million restoration and upgrade in 2000. The original plans for the Pantages were for a 12-story building: 2 floors dedicated to theater and 10 floors of office space. Completion of the 10 upper floors was halted due to the 1929 stock market crash during construction. In December 2007, plans were revealed to complete the original design and floors, much due to the rejuvenation of the Hollywood area and the demand for office space.

Date Play
2013 Peter Pan
2013 Jekyll & Hyde
2013 Catch Me If You Can
2013 West Side Story
2013 RAIN
2013 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
2012 The Book of Mormon
2012 Jonas Brothers
2012 Donny & Marie
2012 Sister Act
2011 Wicked
2011 Hair
2011 Spring Awakening
2011 Rock of Ages
2011 RAIN
2011 Disney's Beauty and the Beast
2011 Burn the Floor
2011 Shrek the Musical
2010 Riverdance
2010 Stomp
2010 The Color Purple
2010 Cats
2010 Chicago
2010 Young Frankenstein
2010 In the Heights
2010 The Phantom of the Opera
2010 West Side Story
2009 The Phantom of the Opera
2009 RENT
2009 Grease
2009 Dirty Dancing
2009 RAIN
2009 Fiddler on the Roof
2009 Legally Blonde
2009 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
2009 Mamma Mia!
2007 Wicked
2006 Riverdance
2006 Cats
2006 Les Miserables
2006 Hairspray
2006 The Lion King
2006 Dragon Tales Live
2006 Doctor Dolittle
2006 Stomp
2006 RENT
2006 Little Women
2006 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
2006 RBD - Live in Hollywood
2006 Sweet Charity
2006 The Ten Tenors
2005 Oklahoma!
2005 Wicked
2005 Irving Berlin's White Christmas
2005 The King and I
2005 Evita
2005 Annie
2005 Chicago
2004 Starlight Express
2004 Chicago
2004 Peter Pan
2004 Les Miserables
2004 Movin' Out
2004 Miss Saigon
2004 Hairspray
2004 Mamma Mia!
2003 Cats
2003 The Producers
2000 The Lion King
2000 The Sound of Music
2000 The Buddy Holly Story
1999 Annie
1999 Cirque Ingenieux
1999 Evita
1999 The Wizard of Oz
1999 Footloose
1999 Fame
1999 Defending the Caveman
1999 Sunset Boulevard
1999 Jekyll and Hyde
1998 The Phantom of the Opera
1998 Riverdance
1998 The King and I
1998 Peter Pan
1997 The Phantom of the Opera
1997 Tango x 2
1997 Cats
1997 West Side Story
1997 Andrew Lloyd Webber - Music of the Night
1996 Riverdance
1996 Damn Yankees
1996 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
1993 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
May 1984 Zorba
1984 La Cage aux Folles
1978 Man of La Mancha
1977 Bubbling Brown Sugar
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