October 20, 2003 |
Passersby will notice something new this week on the marquee of the venerable Wiltern Theater. It's now the Wiltern LG. The 72-year-old theater joins the increasing number of buildings around the country that have added a corporate sponsor's name to their own, in this case, Korean electronics company LG Electronics. Ashanti will play a private VIP concert at the Wiltern on Tuesday to launch the new arrangement.
September 5, 2002 |
Bob Dylan is pretty much guaranteed a standing ovation when he plays at the Wiltern Theatre on Oct. 15. That's because for the first time since the ornate Art Deco house opened at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue with the 1931 premiere of the movie "Alexander Hamilton," most of the audience won't have seats. Dylan's concert will kick off a series of events inaugurating the historic facility after a reported $1.5-million makeover that was begun July 1.
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May 2, 2002 |
The Wiltern Theater is a mood piece--intensely vertical, angled to the street, its terra-cotta facade as green as an algae-covered pier. Opulent, mysterious, it is filled with chandeliers and hidden rooms and crowned by a great plaster sunburst on the ceiling above the main stage.
August 22, 2001 |
Operators of the Wiltern Theatre have proposed an interior revamping of the 2,200-seat hall that would replace seats on the orchestra level with tables and chairs and add a kitchen to enable dinner service. The cost of the make-over is estimated at $2 million. The historic Art Deco-style theater at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in Los Angeles is primarily a pop concert venue, with occasional gospel musicals, comedians, dance and special events.
June 24, 2000 |
Although many view her as the very definition of the word, the title "diva" doesn't quite do it in reference to Nina Simone. It helps to add one of her earlier appellations, "High Priestess of Soul," and the picture becomes more complete if other descriptions--"griot," "sorceress," "singer," "storyteller," "composer" and "passionate social activist"--areadded.
March 11, 2000
Upon reading Ernesto Lechner's review of the Marc Anthony concert ("A Unilateral, Bilingual Success," March 8), I quickly noticed an error: "In his first Southern California concert after becoming a . . . 'crossover phenomenon,' Marc Anthony was received with hysterical fervor Monday at the Wiltern Theatre." The fact is that Marc Anthony was presented at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego the night before. We here in San Diego consider ourselves not only Southern Californians, but close cousins with Los Angeles and the Wiltern.