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Pellissier Building

Identification

Pellissier Building
Wiltern Theater, The Wiltern Center
116487

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
terra-cotta
applied masonry
green
art deco

Usages

commercial office cinema
parking

Facts

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

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Location

3780 Wilshire Boulevard
90010
Wilshire
Los Angeles
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

155.00 ft
155.00 ft
12
1930
1931
1983
2

Involved Companies

interior designer, owner, structural engineering

1983

Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
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