Downtown rebirth

March 27, 1938
Los Angeles



Above, plans to modernize Philharmonic Auditorium at 5th Street and Olive, across from Pershing Square and on a diagonal from the Biltmore. And yes, today it’s a parking lot.

A postcard of the new auditorium in a photograph looking east from 5th and Olive, with what is now Pershing Square on the right. Note the streetcar and notice especially how narrow 5th Street is.


A later view of Philharmonic Auditorium as seen from Pershing Square.


And an undated view of the auditorium’s interior.


A photograph of Pershing Square and the remodeled auditorium. As pointed out by Nathan Marask, this angle was used for one of the shots in the opening sequence of "Double Indemnity."


Philharmonic Auditorium and Pershing Square as seen in "Double Indemnity," 1944.

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