Just east of the famous corner of Hollywood & Vine, you'll find the historic Pantages Theatre. Built in 1930 (shortly after the birth of "talkies") for the then-princely sum of $1.25 million, the Pantages (then part of the Fox movie theatre chain) was one of the most beautiful theatres in town. It hosted the star-studded premieres of such films as "Pride of the Yankees," "Cleopatra" and Judy Garland's "A Star is Born."
Howard Hughes bought the theatre in 1949 and added it to his RKO chain.
The annual Academy Award ceremonies were held at the Pantages throughout the 1950's; which included the first time the Oscar ceremonies were ever televised (in 1953).
And the Emmy Awards were held here each year until 1977, when they moved to Pasadena.
Pantages Theater History and Information
For the 2004-2005 season, the Pantages will be hosting "Mama Mia" (based on the songs of Abba), "Miss Saigon", "Movin' Out" (based on the songs of Billy Joel), "Peter Pan" (starring Cathy Rigby), "Les Miserables", "Oklahoma!", "Evita" and "The King and I" starring Stephanie Powers.
It's not at all unusual to spot stars on the opening days of these shows. Celebs spotted at the Pantages in the last few years have included Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Billy Joel, Kate Hudson, Sally Field, Goldie Hawn, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Tilly, Ben Kingsley, Anjelica Houston, Tim Allen, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Christina Applegate, Alec Baldwin, Julia Louise Dreyfus, Wilmer Valderrama, Tori Spelling, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sharon Lawrence, David Hasselhoff, Loni Anderson, Tori Spelling, Marilu Henner, Marion Ross, and Susan Blakely.