665 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A.
Privately owned - Al Malaikay Center
Opened in 1925
The Shrine was once Los Angele's premier performing arts auditorium. Built in 1930, the 6,500 seat theater has the largest proscenium-style stage in North America. It also has a large free standing balcony, 192 ft. tent-like ceiling from which hung a huge crystal chandelier.
For many years the Shrine housed the best in grand operas, orchestras and ballet. It had been used to host the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards.
Then, in 1964 - the 3,200 Music Center opened. The modern Dorothy Chandler Pavilion now showcased many of the performers who once played the Shrine. Compared to the Pavilion, the Shrine's interior looked shabby, the neighborhood more sketchy. Bookings at the Shrine became sparse and attendance dwindled. Many called it the white elephant next to USC.
It was rented to touring ballets companies, operas and religious gathering. It was also rented for rock concerts.
Today the Shrine survives as a beloved historic monument. It continues to be used for auto shows, trade shows, seminars, conventions, dinners and award ceremonies.
A sampling of Shrine Auditorium shows 1962 - 1978.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (seasonal)San Francisco Opera (seasonal)Bolshoi Ballet (seasonal)George Shearing Quintet, Four Freshmen, Nancy Wilson FEBRUARY 9John Raitt, Jane Morgan MARCH 10Modern Jazz Quartet MAY 4Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Dick Gregory JULY 20Ray Charles and the Raeclets JULY 27Kingston Trio, Martin Denny, Keely Smith SEPTEMBER 21Ray Charles and his Orchestra DECEMBER 26
San Francisco Opera (seasonal)Bossa Nova music Festival w/ Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie JANUARY 5Henry Mancini, Christy Minstrels JANUARY 25Jimmy Smith Trio, Nipsey Russell, Nancy Wilson, Oscar Brown Jr. MARCH 1Ray Conniff MARCH 29Nat King Cole AUGUST 8Barbra Streisand DECEMBER 7Jimmy Smith Trio, Gerry Mulligan, Dakota Staton DECEMBER 14Ray Charles DECEMBER 28
San Francisco Opera - touringLeningrad Ballet - touringDick Gregory, Jackie Moms Mabley, George Shearing, Joe & Eddie MARCH 6Count Basie, Miles Davis APRIL 3Moms Mabley, Godfrey Cambride AUGUST 29Ray Charles and the Raelets SEPTEMBER 20Nancy Wilson DECEMBER 26
Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson Trio FEBRUARY 1Fundraiser for Freedom From Humger Committee w/ Alpert & Tijuana Brass, The Byrds, The Kingsmen, The Everly Brothers, Gary and the Playboys, Dick and Dee Dee, Sonny and Cher, Jackie de Shannon, The Chamber Brothers JUNE 4Count Basie and Band, Joe Williams, Earl Grant, Sarah Vaughan AUGUST 6
Grand Ole Opry w/ Buck Owens, Minnie Pearl, Roy Clark, Loretta Lynn, Sonny James JANUARY 29Eddy Arnold, Dottie West, George Hamilton FEBRUARY 25Ray Charles APRIL 30Della Reese Show, Lou Rawls, Les McCann Trio MAY 7Leroy Van Dyke, David Houston, Red Foley OCTOBER 8Rusty Draper, Pat Buttram, The Dillards, Stonewall Jackson, Meannie Seely NOVEMBER 5Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell NOVEMBER 11 & 12Lou Rawls NOVEMBER 25Marty Robbins, Sonny James, Connie Smith, Leroy Van Dyke DECEMBER 2Myron Floren, Art Van Damme Quintet Charles Magnante DECEMBER 11Ray Charles DECEMBER 26
Nancy Wilson FEBRUARY 4James Brown FEBRUARY 11Jimmy Smith, Dick Gregory MARCH 11Richard Pryor, Carmen McRae, Sm Fletch MARCH 24Rick Nelson, George Jones, Glen Campbell, The Dillards JUNE 10Buck Owens, Marty Robbins, George Jones, Jan Howard AUGUST 27Bill Cosby SEPTEMBER 29Johnny Cash, Sonny James, Glen Campbell, June Carter, Carl PerkinsNOVEMBER 25The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Sweetwater, Bluesberry Jam DECEMBER 23
Margie Singleton, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Waylon Jennings JANUARY 27Jimi Hendrix, Electric Flag FEBRUARY 10Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians FEBRUARY 23 & 24Moms Mabley FEBRUARY 25Tammy Wynette, George Jones MARCH 9The Cream MARCH 15Dolly Parton, Dave Dudley, Porter Wagoner MAY 4Chamber Brothers, Velvet Underground, Dr. John MAY 24 & 25Flip Wilson, Miriam Makeb JUNE 14 & 15Merle Haggard, Tex Williams JUNE 22James Brown JULY 27Steppenwolf, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Three Dog Night SEPTEMBER 1Ray Charles DECEMBER 28
Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings JANUARY 24George Jones, Tammy Wynette MAY 23Moms Mabley JUNE 7Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Lynn Anderson, Jan Howard NOVEMBER 15
Hank Snow, Connie Smith, Sonny James, Conway Twitty JANUARY 24Moms Mabley MARCH 29Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan JULY 3Lee Michaels, Captain Beefheart SEPTEMBER 26Hank Williams Jr., Ray Price OCTOBER 31
In 1971 there was a hold on rock concerts at the Shrine after an incident. There was fear there may be damage to the building.
Sammy Davis Jr., Quincy Jones (concert to aid Angela Davis) MARCH 4Cat Stevens SEPTEMBER 29 & 30James Taylor OCTOBER 27 & 28
Nancy Wilson, Billy Paul, Johnny Guitar Watson, Cannonball Adderley Les McAnnFEBRUARY 24James Brown APRIL 15Stevie Wonder APRIL 21Bobby Womack APRIL 271974
Cheech & Chong, Tower of Power (benefit for United Farm Workers) JANUARY 19Frank Zappa and the Mothers FEBRUARY 23Curtis Mayfield MARCH 3The Pointer Sisters, Dan Hicks APRIL 27Kinks MAY 10Ten Years After JUNE 14 & 15Black Oak Arkansas, Foghat AUGUST 23Suzi Quatro SEPTEMBER 16Freddie Hubbard OCTOBER 5Rory Gallagher, Wet Willie NOVEMBER 23Electric Light Orchestra, Canned Heat NOVEMBER 27The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg DECEMBER 31
Genesis JANUARY 24Robin Trower MARCH 16Joe Walsh APRIL 19 (Elton John joined in on stage)Blue Oyster Cult, REO Speedwagon MARCH 26Ohio Players, Graham Central Station MARCH 29Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris APRIL 19Golden Earring, The Strawbs APRIL 27Jackson Browne, Phoebe Snow MAY 10Crusaders, Gil Scott - Heron MAY 26Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin MAY 30Gentle Giant SEPTEMBER 12Blue Magic and Tavares SEPTEMBER 29Blue Magic OCTOBER 4Uriah Heep, Buddy Miles, Status Quo OCTOBER 19Gentle Giant NOVEMBER 1Jefferson Starship, Floe & Eddie NOVEMBER 5
Peter Frampton APRIL 21Bob Marley MAY 27The Tubes MAY 28Rufus JUNE 5Donovan, Phoebe Snow JULY 8Parliment AUGUST 14Quincey Jones SEPTEMBER 11 & 12KC & the Sunshine Band, Ohio Players OCTOBER 13Grateful Dead OCTOBER 14Rory Gallagher NOVEMBER 18Jackson Brown, Orleans NOVEMBER 26
Nancy Wilson, Bill Withers JANUARY 14Glen Campbell, Roy Rogers, Marty Robbins JUNE 23Santana, Journey OCTOBER 28
Grateful Dead JANUARY 10Patti Labelle, Richard Pryor FEBRUARY 4Santana, Journey FEBRUARY 25Be-Bop Deluxe, Horslips APRIL 14REO Speed Wagon, Rainbow MAY 18Little Feat, John Hall JUNE 18Atlanta Rhythm Section, Sea Level OCTOBER 28Richard Pryor, Patti LaBelle DECEMBER 30--------------------