The Warner Grand Theatre (WGT), opened was built in 1927 and opened in 1931 in San Pedro, California is one of the Warner Brothers (WB) “triplets” built in the greater Los Angeles area (the others were in Beverly Hills and Huntington Park).
Jack Warner personally “unveiled” the theatre in gala Hollywood style premiere he told the audience they would be entering “the castle of your dreams” created by architect B. Marcus Priteca (who also designed Pantages Theatre in Hollywood). The lavish details, include original hand painted murals over the proscenium arch by A.J. Heinsbergen (who designed the Wiltern Theatre and created the murals in The Biltmore Hotel), art deco color scheme with custom tile work, and the exquisite ceiling in the main auditorium confirm the theatre as a true “movie palace.”
Upon being purchased by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in 1996, it was re-named Warner Grand Theatre. The DCA manage and maintain the theatre. One of the few WB theatres still in existence in the entire U.S.A. the WGT is an icon of historic downtown San Pedro – the Port of Los Angeles.
The majestic art-deco edifice seats 1500, with balcony and the mezzanine lobby that is perfect for special receptions.
The theatre operates year-round programming concerts, dance and other live performances, film screenings, graduations, weddings, and community meetings.
The Grand Vision Foundation, formerly known as “Friends of the Warner Grand” conducts some restoration projects including the “Save Your Seat” campaign wherein the seats in the theatre were reupholstered in replica fabric of the original.