An afternoon of tours of the restored Wiltern Theater, Western Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, has been announced by the Los Angeles Conservancy. Tours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, tickets are $7, and $5 for Conservancy members, and required reservations may be made with the Conservancy.
The Conservancy described the theater as "an opulent showcase of Art-Deco design, with exquisite plaster relief work, painted murals, gold leaf and soaring spaces . . . a unique experience . . . the auditorium is ablaze with ornament, highlighted with a giant sunburst on the 80-foot ceiling."
Opened in 1931 as a Warner Brothers Theater, it was saved from demolition by the Conservancy in 1980. Ratkovich Bowers and Perez Inc. purchased it and invested $4.6 million in its restoration and refurbishment, as well as another $5.5 million in the attached Pellissier office building. The theater is now operated by Bill Graham Presents for musical performances.