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December, 1955: Exterior of Shrine Auditorium. This photo was published in the Dec. 20, 1955, Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

Jefferson Street entrance to original Shrine Auditorium, built in 1906. This building burned down Jan. 11, 1920. The building was also known as the Al Malaikah Temple. This photo was published in the Jan. 12, 1920, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 1925: The Shrine Auditorium under construction following the 1920 fire of original Al Malaikal Temple. This photo was published in the Aug. 17, 1925 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 1925: The Shrine Auditorium during construction. This is a recent scan from 4x5 inch glass negative.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 1925: The Shrine Auditorium under construction following the 1920 fire of original Al Malaikal Temple. This is a recent scan from 4x5 inch glass negative.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 1925: The interior of Shrine Auditorium during construction. This is a recent scan from 4x5 inch glass negative.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

1926: The Shrine Auditorium as workers finish the interior. This image was recently scanned from original 4x5 inch glass negative.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Circa 1926: Interior stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. This image was recently scanned from original 4x5 inch glass negative..

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Circa 1926 image of Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The 6,000 seat facility opened in 1926. Image recently scanned from glass negative.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Jan. 1926: Artist rendering of new Shrine Auditorium published in the Jan. 20, 1926 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Front entrance of the Shrine Auditorium. This photo was published in the Feb. 21, 1926 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Keystone Photo Service

Jan. 1926: Ballroom mezzanine balcony at Shrine Auditorium. This photo was published in the Jan. 20, 1926 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Keystone Photo Service

Jan. 1926: One of the Organ Lofts inside the brand new Shrine Auditorium. This photo was published in the Jan. 20, 1926 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Sept. 21, 1936: More than 10,000 Republicans attended a rally at Shrine Auditorium to hear vice presidential candidate Col. Frank Knox. This photo appeared in the Sept. 22, 1936, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Nov. 6, 1964: Crowd gathers outside of the Shrine Auditorium as the San Francisco Opera Company opens its last season in the building. This photo was published in the Nov. 7, 1964 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Tiffany / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 29, 2002: Overall view with new seats installed at Shrine Auditorium during major renovation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

June 28, 2012: Exterior of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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December 1955: The first image in the above Shrine Auditorium photo gallery appeared in the Dec. 20, 1955, Los Angeles Times. The Ray Graham photo was part of the Know Your City photography series. The original caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 33 – This is the biggest place of its kind in town. It has seen everything from “La Traviata” to trapeze, from cops to conventions. And, on a lot of occasions, members of the audience wear funny hats. Answer, Page 26, Part II

ANSWER – If you missed this one, you ought to be ashamed – sure, it’s the Shrine Auditorium, scene of operas, circuses, and the annual Police show. Also of course, it’s the site of numerous Shrine functions at which the Shriners don their fezzes. …

The Moorish Revival style Shrine Auditorium opened in 1926. It replaced the 1906 Al Malaikah Temple destroyed by a 1920 fire. This indoor event center seats 6,300 and is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The Al Malikah Temple, a division of the Shriners have their headquarters in the building. The building underwent a $15-million renovation in 2002.

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