Biltmore Hotel Built 1923 - Located at 506 S.
Grand Ave. Host of 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th,
11th, 13th, 14th Annual Academy Awards. The
Biltmore Bowl and Sala D'Oro rooms hosted
the ceremonies.
Shrine Civic Auditorium built in 1906 rebuilt in
1920 (after a fire) Located at 649 Jefferson
Boulevard L.A. at one time the worlds largest
indoor auditorium. With almost 6,500 seats it is
still the largest such theater in the US.  The Shrine
hosted the 19th, 20th, 60th, 61st, 63rd, 67th, 69th,
70th, 72nd, 73rd Annual Awards Ceremonies
Outside the 26th Annual Academy Awards at
RKO Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, California,

Changing Times: Los Angeles in Photographs,
1920-1990 UCLA Library Department of Special
To describe the Shrine Auditorium in Los
Angeles as well known would be an
understatement. Home to globally televised
awards shows, concerts, theater productions,
movie screenings, conventions and conferences,
a fire at this landmark facility nearly killed six
Los Angeles Firefighters on January 11, 1920 in
a three-alarm blaze that destroyed the building
in 30 minutes.

by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
So well known, it almost does not need to be mentioned.  The hotel was owned
and operated in Hollywood's Golden Years by Baron Long.  It originally cost
$10,000,000 to build. The Academy awards were held here in the early days in
the room known as the "Biltmore Bowl" ( for a few years with gaps between
1931 and 1942 with other intervening sites) Setting for literally countless
movies such as Chinatown, and Beverly Hills Cop. This may be the most filmed
interior in the world. What many might not have seen is the incredible tiled
indoor pool several floors underground in the health spa. It is pristine 1920â
€™s Great Gatsby style. You can see the pool in the movie Bugsy during an
argument between Bugsy and Micky Cohen.
The ceiling paintings were done by Giovanni Smeraldi, as well as some of the
sculptures.  By:
"Matt Damon must feel like he's on
the Seniors' Tour." - Billy Crystal,
regarding Matt Damon competing
for Best Actor against four veteran
actors - Jack Nicholson, Peter
Fonda, Robert Duvall, and Dustin

70th Annual Academy Awards
"The Oscar is the most valuable, but least expensive, item of
world-wide public relations ever invented by any industry."
Frank Capra, 1936 Academy Awards
RKO Pantages Theater opened June 4, 1930.
Located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. The
Pantages hosted the 22nd through the 32nd
Annual Awards.  In 1953 the Academy
Awards were first televised from this venue.
The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Ca. is prepared
for the 72nd Academy Awards, March 22, 2000. The
event will be held March 26, 2000. (Photos by Dan
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