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Saban Theatre

8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Seats (approximate): 1868

Originally named the Fox Wilshire, the Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills opened its doors on September 19, 1930. Designed by renowned theater architect Charles S Lee, the Wilshire Theatre building serves as an interesting example of Lee's early Art Deco style. With its rich plaster work and heavy sculpture, the Wilshire is reminiscent of Lee's other early work like the Baroque masterpiece The Los Angeles Theater and the Tower. Lee would later become famous for his clean simple Art Deco lines with theaters like the Bruin and the Academy Theater. Fox West Coast Theaters built the Wilshire Theater to house their first run feature films. For the first 50 years of its life, the Wilshire served as one of the premiere movie palaces in Los Angeles and has hosted numerous premieres and special events. In November 1953 the Wilshire hosted the premiere of "How to Marry A Millionaire" starring Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall. On Christmas Day of that year Walt Disney exhibited its new "Grand Canyonscope" - the first Donald Duck cartoon in Cinemascope which ran with the studio's classic feature "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". Other notable events include 1960's special screening of "GI Blues" starring Elvis and attended by Ronald Regan and the 1970's exclusive engagement of the film "Woodstock". In 1981 the Wilshire Theater was renovated and converted to a stage venue. Operated for a number of years by Nederlander, the venue has hosted numerous theater productions and concerts including Billy Idol, Laurie Anderson, Mijares, Richard Pryor, Spandau Ballet, Kavert/Poogy, The National Ballet of Spain and A Mighty Wind, Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays among others.


Productions Production Dates
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Musical, Original
Original Songs by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally
Mar 27, 2007 - Apr 01, 2007
Legends!
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by James Kirkwood
Jan 16, 2007 - Jan 28, 2007
Urinetown
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mark Hollmann; Book by Greg Kotis; Lyrics by Greg Kotis, Mark Hollmann
May 11, 2004 - May 23, 2004
The Graduate
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Terry Johnson
Oct 07, 2003 - Oct 26, 2003
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jul 29, 2003 - Aug 10, 2003
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jul 09, 2002 - Jul 21, 2002
Proof
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Auburn
May 28, 2002 - Jun 16, 2002
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Apr 16, 2002 - Apr 28, 2002
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Jan 15, 2002 - Jan 27, 2002
Copenhagen
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Michael Frayn
Nov 16, 2001 - Jan 06, 2002
Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields; Revised book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Feb 27, 2001 - Mar 04, 2001
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Feb 23, 1999 - May 02, 1999
The Gin Game
Play, Revival
Written by D.L. Coburn
Dec 01, 1998 - Dec 06, 1998
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Dec 02, 1997 - Dec 14, 1997
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 24, 1997 - Jul 13, 1997
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 08, 1997 - Apr 27, 1997
Blood Brothers
Musical, Original
Music by Willy Russell; Book by Willy Russell; Lyrics by Willy Russell
Mar 14, 1995 - Mar 26, 1995
Aspects Of Love
Musical, Original
Mar 02, 1993 - Mar 28, 1993
Once On This Island
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Lynn Ahrens; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Jul 22, 1992 - Aug 16, 1992