Glendale's Alex Theatre: Recapturing History and Reviving Theatre Community

Published: 08/11/2010 by Samantha Canez

Nothing can compare to sitting in that red velvet chair and watching a live performance on the stage of an old-fashioned grand theater.

It’s hard to deny the satisfaction one receives when those red curtains open, especially after considering Old Hollywood’s permanent impression on California’s entertainment culture.  Though the glitz and glam of the whole theatrical experience was the center-piece of entertainment back in the day, that same glitz has dimmed down to a mere flicker throughout the decades.  Luckily for us, Glendale’s Alex Theatre has revived the theatrical entertainment experience with its community involvement and unique architectural niches.

The “Alexander” Theatre, as it was originally named, first opened in 1925 where it featured vaudeville and motion pictures.  As the times changed, the Alex suffered a significant decline forcing it to close in the 1980’s. But it was not forgotten.  In 1992, the Alex Theatre underwent $6.2 million worth of renovations, thanks to the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, restoring it to its original splendor and making it available as a performing arts center.  And it seems to have been a worthwhile investment.

Its Greco-Egyptian inspired architecture boasts a unique “atmospherium” that offers the audience the illusion of being outdoors. One of only a handful of atmospheric theatres left in Southern California, the Alex Theatre has managed to recapture the unique ambiance of its pristine origin. Perhaps even more impressive though, is the Alex Theatre’s revival within the Glendale community itself.

The Alex Theatre has evolved into a cultural centerpiece for Glendale hosting anything from concerts and plays to comedies and lectures. Used by both professional and community performing arts institutions, the Alex Theatre offers a medley of different entertainment for your enjoyment!

The Alex is home to five resident companies including Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Glendale Youth Orchestra, Alex Film Society and Musical Theatre Guild. And hosting recent and upcoming events like NBC’s Last Coming Standing and the Chinese Moon Festival, there’s no telling what exciting performance this grand theatre will offer next. So next time you’re looking to feed you’re theatrical needs, perhaps you should consider skimming through the Alex Theatre’s events calendar. You’re likely to find something that will catch your attention!


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