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Clune’s Auditorium  
Address 427 West Fifth Street
Opening Night Seating Capacity 2700
Original Theater Owner Temple Baptist Church
Original Theater Architect Charles E. Whittlesey
Years of Operation unknown (operating as a motion picture theater circa 1914 through at least 1920)
Type of Musical Accompaniment Church pipe organ and 20-piece orchestra
Current Status unknown

Clune’s Auditorium was originally built in 1906, the Temple Baptist Church doubled as a public auditorium with its more than 2500 seats. When William Clune leased the auditorium for motion picture presentations in the early 1910s, it was the largest motion picture theater west of New York, New York. Clune’s lease appears to have terminated in 1920.

The venue was leased to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1920s, as which time it was referred to as the Philharmonic Auditorium.

William Clune leased the theater from 1915 through 1920.

References: Additional information provided by Lars Hedlind and Joe Vogel.

 

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