“My dream job, to work on a historic movie palace!”




       The Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, first opened its doors in 1930. In September 2000, it reopened as the newest home to Disney's The Lion King.

  1. BulletPantages  Theatre        1930

       The Pantages received a 10 million dollar renovation from January to September of 2000. Designer Roger Morgan worked with New York based restoration company, Evergreene Studios, to refurbish the stunning, Art Deco theatre. Working predominantly on the plaster team, I learned how to repair and create new ornamentation through the use of molds and sculpture. Using my skills as a painter, I also applied gold leaf, painted and glazed the auditorium and lobbies to return the Pantages to its glory again.

   The Pantages Theatre Circuit had been built on Vaudeville, and the new Hollywood theatre programmed first-run movies alternating through the day with Vaudeville acts for its first two years. But like other theatres during the Great Depression, it was forced to economize and thereafter operated primarily as a movie theatre, though live entertainment was presented occasionally.

Pantages sold the Hollywood landmark in 1932 to Fox West Coast Theaters. In 1949, Howard Hughes acquired the Pantages under his RKO Theatre Circuit and moved his personal offices to the building's second floor. From 1949 through 1959, the theatre hosted the American motion picture industry's annual Academy Award Ceremonies.

      Now operated by an arm of the Nederlander Organization, the Pantages Theatre has recently shown large scale production musicals such as Disney’s The Lion King, which ran at the theatre for over two years, and recently hosted the Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical Wicked.