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Saban Theatre

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

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
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.
A Night with Janis Joplin
Feb 17, 2018 - Feb 17, 2018
Book by Randy Johnson
Musical Original
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Mar 27, 2007 - Apr 01, 2007
Original Songs by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally
Musical Original
Legends!
Jan 16, 2007 - Jan 28, 2007
Written by James Kirkwood
Play Revival Comedy
Urinetown
May 11, 2004 - May 23, 2004
Music by Mark Hollmann; Book by Greg Kotis; Lyrics by Greg Kotis, Mark Hollmann
Musical Original Comedy
The Graduate
Oct 07, 2003 - Oct 26, 2003
Written by Terry Johnson
Play Original Comedy
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jul 29, 2003 - Aug 10, 2003
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
South Pacific
Jul 09, 2002 - Jul 21, 2002
Musical Revival Drama
Proof
May 28, 2002 - Jun 16, 2002
Written by David Auburn
Play Original Drama
Guys and Dolls
Apr 16, 2002 - Apr 28, 2002
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Musical Revival Comedy
Fiddler on the Roof
Jan 15, 2002 - Jan 27, 2002
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Copenhagen
Nov 16, 2001 - Jan 06, 2002
Written by Michael Frayn
Play Original Drama
Annie Get Your Gun
Feb 27, 2001 - Mar 04, 2001
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields; Revised book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Musical Revival Comedy
Cabaret
Feb 23, 1999 - May 02, 1999
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Drama
The Gin Game
Dec 01, 1998 - Dec 06, 1998
Written by D.L. Coburn
Play Revival
Dreamgirls
Dec 02, 1997 - Dec 21, 1997
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Musical Revival
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Jun 24, 1997 - Jul 13, 1997
Musical Original Revue
Grease
Apr 08, 1997 - Apr 27, 1997
Musical Revival Comedy
Blood Brothers
Mar 14, 1995 - Mar 26, 1995
Music by Willy Russell; Book by Willy Russell; Lyrics by Willy Russell
Musical Original
Aspects of Love
Mar 02, 1993 - Mar 28, 1993
Musical Original
Once on This Island
Jul 22, 1992 - Aug 16, 1992
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Lynn Ahrens; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original