Structure in General
- Once the site of Germain Pellissier's sheep farm.
- The tower is rooted at a 45-degree angle to the corner.
- The City of Los Angeles has declared the building a Historic-Cultural Monument.
- Sheathed in glazed turquoise terra cotta in the French Zig-Zag Moderne styling with detailed metal panels.
- City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Award of Excellence 1994.
- Situated at the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, hence the name Wiltern.
- After an extensive facelift Wiltern's Grand Re-Opening was on October 15, 2002.
- The building was threatened with the wrecking ball in the late 1970s but was saved and restored to its original beauty in 1982.
- Once known as the Franklin Life Building.
- The 2,200 seat movie theater opened October 7, 1931 and expanded as a performing arts center to 2,350 seats in 1985.
- National Register of Historic Places 1979.
- The tower and theater are collectively known as The Wiltern Center.
- After three sold-out Bob Dylan concerts, The Wiltern followed with a sold-out Rolling Stones concert on November 1, 2002.
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Features & Amenities
- City landmark