Saturday, March 13, 2010

Shrine Auditorium '60's & '70's

665 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A.
Privately owned -  Al Malaikay Center
Opened in 1925
6,500 seats

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 9
John Raitt, Jane Morgan MARCH 10 
Modern Jazz Quartet MAY 4
Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Dick Gregory JULY 20
Ray Charles and the Raeclets JULY 27
Kingston Trio, Martin Denny, Keely Smith  SEPTEMBER 21
Ray Charles and his Orchestra DECEMBER 26

San Francisco Opera (seasonal)
Bossa Nova music Festival w/ Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie JANUARY 5
Henry Mancini, Christy Minstrels JANUARY 25
Jimmy Smith Trio, Nipsey Russell, Nancy Wilson, Oscar Brown Jr.  MARCH 1
Ray Conniff MARCH 29
Nat King Cole AUGUST 8
Barbra Streisand DECEMBER 7 
Jimmy Smith Trio, Gerry Mulligan, Dakota Staton DECEMBER 14
Ray Charles DECEMBER 28
San Francisco Opera - touring
Leningrad Ballet - touring
Dick Gregory, Jackie Moms Mabley,  George Shearing, Joe & Eddie MARCH 6
Count Basie, Miles Davis APRIL 3
Moms Mabley, Godfrey Cambride AUGUST 29
Ray Charles and the Raelets SEPTEMBER 20
Nancy Wilson DECEMBER 26

Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson Trio  FEBRUARY 1
Fundraiser 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 4
Count 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 29
Eddy  Arnold, Dottie West, George Hamilton  FEBRUARY 25
Ray Charles APRIL 30
Della Reese Show, Lou Rawls, Les McCann Trio MAY 7
Leroy Van Dyke, David Houston, Red Foley OCTOBER 8
Rusty Draper, Pat Buttram, The Dillards, Stonewall Jackson, Meannie Seely  NOVEMBER 5
Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell NOVEMBER 11 & 12
Lou Rawls NOVEMBER 25
Marty Robbins, Sonny James, Connie Smith, Leroy Van Dyke  DECEMBER 2
Myron Floren, Art Van Damme Quintet Charles Magnante DECEMBER 11
Ray Charles DECEMBER 26
Nancy Wilson FEBRUARY 4
James Brown FEBRUARY 11
Jimmy Smith, Dick Gregory MARCH 11
Richard Pryor, Carmen McRae, Sm Fletch MARCH 24
Rick Nelson, George Jones, Glen Campbell, The Dillards JUNE 10
Buck Owens, Marty Robbins, George Jones, Jan Howard AUGUST 27
Bill Cosby SEPTEMBER 29
Johnny Cash, Sonny James, Glen Campbell, June Carter, Carl Perkins 
The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Sweetwater, Bluesberry Jam DECEMBER 23

Margie Singleton, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Waylon Jennings JANUARY 27
Jimi Hendrix, Electric Flag FEBRUARY 10
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians FEBRUARY 23 & 24
Moms Mabley FEBRUARY 25
Tammy Wynette, George Jones MARCH 9
The Cream MARCH 15
Dolly Parton, Dave Dudley, Porter Wagoner MAY 4
Chamber Brothers, Velvet Underground, Dr. John MAY 24 & 25
Flip Wilson, Miriam Makeb JUNE 14 & 15
Merle Haggard, Tex Williams  JUNE 22
James Brown JULY 27
Steppenwolf, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Three Dog Night SEPTEMBER 1
Ray Charles DECEMBER 28
Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings JANUARY 24
George Jones, Tammy Wynette MAY 23
Moms Mabley JUNE 7
Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Lynn Anderson, Jan Howard NOVEMBER 15

Hank Snow, Connie Smith, Sonny James, Conway Twitty JANUARY 24
Moms Mabley MARCH 29
Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan JULY 3
Lee Michaels, Captain Beefheart SEPTEMBER 26
Hank 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 4 
Cat Stevens SEPTEMBER 29 & 30
James Taylor OCTOBER 27 & 28

Nancy Wilson, Billy Paul, Johnny Guitar Watson, Cannonball Adderley Les McAnn 
James Brown APRIL 15
Stevie Wonder APRIL 21 
Bobby Womack APRIL 27

Cheech & Chong, Tower of Power (benefit for United Farm Workers) JANUARY 19
Frank Zappa and the Mothers FEBRUARY 23
Curtis Mayfield MARCH 3
The Pointer Sisters, Dan Hicks  APRIL 27
Kinks MAY 10
Ten Years After JUNE 14 & 15
Black Oak Arkansas, Foghat AUGUST 23
Suzi Quatro SEPTEMBER 16
Freddie Hubbard OCTOBER 5
Rory Gallagher, Wet Willie NOVEMBER 23
Electric Light Orchestra, Canned Heat NOVEMBER 27
The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg DECEMBER 31
Genesis JANUARY 24
Robin Trower MARCH 16
Joe Walsh APRIL 19 (Elton John joined in on stage)
Blue Oyster Cult, REO Speedwagon MARCH 26
Ohio Players, Graham Central Station MARCH 29
Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris APRIL 19
Golden Earring, The Strawbs APRIL 27
Jackson Browne, Phoebe Snow MAY 10
Crusaders, Gil Scott - Heron MAY 26
Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin MAY 30
Gentle Giant SEPTEMBER 12
Blue Magic and Tavares SEPTEMBER 29
Blue Magic OCTOBER 4
Uriah Heep, Buddy Miles, Status Quo OCTOBER 19
Gentle Giant NOVEMBER 1
Jefferson Starship, Floe & Eddie  NOVEMBER 5

Peter Frampton APRIL 21
Bob Marley MAY 27
The Tubes MAY 28
Rufus JUNE 5
Donovan, Phoebe Snow JULY 8
Parliment AUGUST 14
Quincey Jones SEPTEMBER 11 & 12
KC & the Sunshine Band, Ohio Players OCTOBER 13
Grateful Dead OCTOBER 14
Rory Gallagher NOVEMBER 18
Jackson Brown, Orleans NOVEMBER 26
Nancy Wilson, Bill Withers JANUARY 14
Glen Campbell, Roy Rogers, Marty Robbins JUNE 23
Santana, Journey OCTOBER 28
Grateful Dead JANUARY 10
Patti Labelle, Richard Pryor FEBRUARY 4
Santana, Journey FEBRUARY 25
Be-Bop Deluxe, Horslips  APRIL 14
REO Speed Wagon, Rainbow MAY 18
Little Feat, John Hall JUNE 18
Atlanta Rhythm Section, Sea Level OCTOBER 28
Richard Pryor, Patti LaBelle DECEMBER 30



Anonymous said...

I can't find a place to contact you so I will just post this here.

First, I would like to thank you so much for your blog. I have a large envelope of ticket stubs from the 70's and your blog helped me connect the stubs to probably 20 shows that I otherwise could not identify.

Next, may I add a show?
King Crimson, Shrine, 6/19/74

Thanks again.

Kathy said...

Hi - are all the concerts listed for some of these locations? There are concerts I attended that I do not see listed. I may not have the exact dates-- but positive of the year. Also regarding the Shrine being closed after trouble in 1971.. was that a result of the Lee Michaels concert there the last part of the previous year? I remember because a "riot" broke out and people were trashing the place. Trouble started because Lee Michaels was playing piano instead of organ-- he told the audience that he was losing his hearing and had to curb use of the organ -- crowd did not take it well,,,,,