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Shrine Auditorium

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The Shrine Auditorium was the largest theater in the United States when it was built. In its history, it has hosted the Academy Awards, the Grammys, and the American Music Awards in addition to other live and televised arts and entertainment productions, theater productions, operas, movie screenings, meetings, conferences, trade shows and conventions, and countless other events.

The Shrine Auditorium was designed by G. Albert Lansburgh, A.M. Edelman, and John C. Austin and built in 1925-1926 for a cost of $2,700,000.00. The building is in Spanish Colonial Revival style with domed cupolas on both ends. Owing to it's Shrine connection, there is also Moorish detail throughout. The stage is 194-feet wide with a 100' x 35' proscenium; an orchestra pit with ready room; a wardrobe area; carpenter shop, chorus rooms and 15 dressing rooms. The auditorium's total seats number 6,300 with 3,044 on the main floor and 3,256 in the balcony. The Shrine Auditorium's design is an engineering feat with the cantilevered balcony built without pillars seating more patrons than the floor and does not obstruct viewing from any seat in the house. The crystal chandelier in the Shrine Auditorium weighs four tons and has over 500 light bulbs in four colors (white, red, blue and amber), which used 48,000 watts of power.

The Shrine Auditorium is both an auditorium for public events and is also the headquarters of the Al Malikah Temple, a division of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. The Shrine is owned and operated by the Al Malaikah Auditorium Company (part of the Shrine Al Malaikah Temple).

The original Shrine Auditorium was completed in 1906. The first Auditorium was then described as, "perhaps the largest building on the Pacific coast in point of floor space." The building was in about in the same location as is the present building, but with the stage at the opposite end. On January 11, 1920 the Shrine Auditorium was destroyed by fire. It took six years of planning and funding before the new Auditorium was completed.

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