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Shrine Auditorium

The Shrine Auditorium is a landmark large-event venue in Los Angeles, California. It is also the headquarters of the Al Malaikah Temple, a division of the Shriners. It was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 139) in 1975.

Shrine Auditorium
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The Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
Location within the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Shrine Auditorium is located in California
Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium (California)
Shrine Auditorium is located in the United States
Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium (the United States)
Location665 W. Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, California
Public transitLAMetroLogo.svg E Line  Jefferson/USC
OwnerAl Malaikah Auditorium Company
TypeIndoor theater
Construction cost$2.7 million
Al Malaikah Temple
Shrine Auditorium is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium is located in California
Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium is located in the United States
Shrine Auditorium
Coordinates34°01′23.55″N 118°16′53.55″W / 34.0232083°N 118.2815417°W / 34.0232083; -118.2815417Coordinates: 34°01′23.55″N 118°16′53.55″W / 34.0232083°N 118.2815417°W / 34.0232083; -118.2815417
ArchitectJohn C. Austin
Architectural styleMoorish Revival
NRHP reference #87000577
LAHCM #139
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 2, 1987
Designated LAHCMMarch 5, 1975


Opened in 1926, the current Shrine Auditorium replaced an earlier 1906 Al Malaikah Temple which had been destroyed by a fire on January 11, 1920.[1] The fire gutted the structure in just 30 minutes, and nearly killed six firefighters in the process.[2]

In the late 1960s, the Shrine was referred to as "The Pinnacle" by the audiences of rock concerts.

In 2002, the auditorium underwent a $15 million renovation that upgraded the stage with state-of-the-art lighting and rigging systems, and included new roofing and air conditioning for both the Auditorium and Expo Center, modernized concession stands, additional restrooms, repainting of the Expo Center, and a new performance plaza and parking garage. The entire complex follows a Moroccan architectural motif.


The new auditorium was designed in the Moorish Revival style by San Francisco-based theater architect G. Albert Lansburgh, with local architects John C. Austin and A. M. Edelman associated. When built, the auditorium could hold 1,200 people on stage and seat an audience of 6,442. An engineer who consulted on the project said that the steel truss supporting the balcony was the largest ever constructed.[3]

The Shrine Auditorium seats approximately 6,300 people (reduced during the 2002 renovation from the original 6,700 capacity) and has a stage 194 feet (59 m) wide and 69 feet (21 m) deep.

The Auditorium features two boxes above the orchestra level holding 40 people each and seven loges on the balcony holding between 36 and 47 seats each (total capacity of the loges: 274). Of the remaining seats, 2,964 are on the orchestra level and 2,982 on the balcony level.

Adjacent to the Shrine Auditorium is the Shrine Exposition Hall.

Notable eventsEdit

The Shrine Auditorium has hosted a number of events, mainly for entertainment:

Awards ceremony events
Date Event
1995, 1997, 1998
Academy Awards ceremony
1978, 1981 Academy of Country Music Awards
Until 2000 Grammy ceremony
Even-numbered years MTV Movie Awards
From 1998 to 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards
From 1978 to 1980
From 1982 to 1987
1989, 1990
24 February 1993
1995, 1996
24 February 1999
Grammy Awards
From 1982 to 2006 American Music Awards
From 2006 to 2012 BET Awards
From 2006 to 2013 NAACP Image Awards
From 2001 to 2003
From 2006 to 2009
People's Choice Awards
From 1989 to 2001 Soul Train Music Awards
From 2000 to 2001 My VH1 Music Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards
23 July 2006 55th Miss Universe beauty pageant
2014, 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards
10 August 2014 2014 Teen Choice Awards
Other media events
Date Description
4 December 1953 Annual Los Angeles Examiner Christmas Show.
1 July 1995 Paris By Night 32 : 20 Years At A Glance - Timeless Memories (Vietnamese music show)
Sports events
Date Event
For 33 years Home court for the USC's Trojans basketball team
Briefly Some playoff games of the Los Angeles Lakers
Movie shootings and premieres
Date Movie Description
1933 King Kong Scenes where Kong was displayed manacled on stage.
1953 A Star Is Born Some scenes.
9 December 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi World premiere.
2018 A Star Is Born The final scene was filmed at the Shrine as an homage to the earlier 1954 film.
Other shootings
Date Film Description
27 January 1984 Pepsi commercial Michael Jackson's hair was accidentally set on fire by the pyrotechnics. He suffered second-degree burns on his scalp as a result.[4]
Music events and recordings
Date Artist or event Description
May 1949 Art Tatum Solo piano performance was released by Columbia Records in 1952 as Gene Norman Presents an Art Tatum Concert[5][6]
1955 The Great Shrine Auditorium Concert Considered a major event in the histories of both American gospel and secular music.[7] The event featured Dorothy Love Coates & The Original Gospel Harmonettes, Brother Joe May, The Caravans, James Cleveland, a young Sam Cooke performing with The Soul Stirrers.[8]
8 June 1956 Elvis Presley First Elvis Presley's concert at the Shrine.
3 August 1958 The Fourteenth Cavalcade of Jazz Produced by Leon Hefflin, Sr.[9], featuring Ray Charles with The Cookies, Ann Fisher, Sam Cooke,[10] William Everett Preston, Little Willie John, Bo Rhambo, and The Clark Kids. Sammy Davis Jr. crowned the Queen, Miss Jackie Joyce Simpson.[11] Charles Trammel, Huggy Boy, Jim Randolph, and Hunter Hancock were the MCs for the starred event.[10]
1964 Ray Charles Recorded Live in Concert at the Shrine.
24 August 1968 The Grateful Dead Recorded the live album Two from the Vault at the Shrine.
24 January 1975 Genesis Live performance of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway released in 1998.
1976 The Tubes 3-night concert
8/9 November 1995 Fugazi Concert
16 December 2000
19 December 2001
6 December 2005
KIIS-FM Jingle Ball
Since 2013
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concert [12]
Video games
Date Game Description
Midnight Club: Los Angeles Part of the South Central Map Expansion.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Shrine Auditorium Fire". Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Archive. L.A. Fire. 1999. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  2. ^ LAFD Blog: 88 Years Ago: The Shrine Auditorium Fire[dead link]
  3. ^ Moore, William D. (August 15, 2006). Masonic temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture, and Masculine Archetypes. University of Tennessee Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-57233-496-0.
  4. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2009-07-16). "Pepsi Questions Why Michael Jackson Accident Video Was Shared". MTV. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  5. ^ "Tatum and Goodman". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 29, 1952. p. 36.
  6. ^ England, Jim (May 25, 1952). "Toscanini Sings on Wax". The Salt Lake Tribune. p. 128.
  7. ^ Ed Gordon, Jack Marchbanks (July 22, 2005). "Marking a Great Gospel Concert's 50th Anniversary". News & Notes. NPR. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Inductee Explorer". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  9. ^ “Fourteenth Year Jazz Cavalcade At Shrine Next” Article The California Eagle July 3, 1958.
  10. ^ a b Guralnick, Peter. (2005). Dream boogie : the triumph of Sam Cooke (1st ed.). New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 0316377945. OCLC 57393650.
  11. ^ Reed, Tom. (1992). The Black music history of Los Angeles, its roots : 50 years in Black music : a classical pictorial history of Los Angeles Black music of the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's : photographic essays that define the people, the artistry and their contributions to the wonderful world of entertainment (1st, limited ed.). Los Angeles: Black Accent on L.A. Press. ISBN 096329086X. OCLC 28801394.
  12. ^ "KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas At Shrine". Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  13. ^ "Midnight Club: Los Angeles South Central". Rockstar Games. Retrieved 2009-05-30.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Impact Arena
Miss Universe Venue
Succeeded by
National Auditorium