The Shrine Auditorium
The Shrine Auditorium comprises the single largest proscenium style stage in North America with a free standing balcony, providing over 6,300 seats and an adjoining 54,000 square foot Exposition Center. Over the years, the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Center has been selected as the West Coast location for the American Music Awards, BET Awards, the Grammys, Screen Actors Guild Awards, NAACP Image Awards, the Academy Awards and performances of the Kirov, Bolshoi and American Ballet Theater, as well as the late Rudolph Nureyev. Appearances have been made by entertainment greats including, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Liza Minnelli, the late Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, Kenny Rogers, the Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt and Dionne Warwick, as well as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Hootie and the Blowfish. The Shrine has accommodated numerous movie screenings, variety shows, religious gatherings of all faiths, private shows, location shoots and various benefits and fundraisers. The Shrine Expo Center has also been home to an eclectic variety of events such as auto shows, antique shows, location shoots, domestic trade shows, seminars, conventions, international trade exhibits, a variety of ethnic dances and dinners, baseball card and comic book conventions, and more. No matter how big or how small, the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Center can accommodate any number of events. The Shrine Auditorium management provides not only its facilities and equipment to clients, but expert service as well, including an in-house Graphics/Video department and public relations services. Our staff consists of accommodating and knowledgeable personnel to assist in all aspects of event planning, including technical, creative, catering, promotional, and security efforts. Over 60 years old, the Auditorium is recognized as a historical monument. The Shrine is privately owned and operated by the Al Malaikah Auditorium Company. The original Shrine Auditorium was completed in 1906. On January 11, 1920, the Auditorium burned to the ground. It took six years of planning and funding before the new Auditorium was completed. Once rebuilt on the same site of the original Auditorium, the facility was unique among the theater structures because of its size, versatility and unique interior and exterior design. The Shrine Auditorium and Expo Center is conveniently located to major freeways and points of interest. A part of the emerging cultural center of Los Angeles, the Shrine Auditorium is located across the street from the University of Southern California. The Los Angeles Sports Arena, the Los Angeles Coliseum, Exposition Park and Museums, shopping and theaters are all nearby. The Shrine is also within a few miles of Dodger Stadium.