Ebell of Los Angeles | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Ebell of Los Angeles

Founded in 1894, the Ebell of Los Angeles is one of the oldest and largest women's clubs in the nation.

Its home is a magnificent Italian Renaissance-style complex that includes an auditorium, library, art salon, solarium, offices, dressing rooms, exquisite public rooms, gardens, and a collection of fine furnishings and art.

Floors were covered with cork to absorb the sound of clacking heels, and dining room chairs were fitted to accommodate hanging purses.

Topped by a glorious neon sign, the Wilshire Ebell Theatre has hosted guests including a very young Judy Garland; Amelia Earhart, who made her final public appearance there; and jazz musician Dave Brubeck, who recorded there.

The Ebell is still a women's club but also hosts weddings, special events, and filming. In 2013, the historic location underwent an extensive renovation to restore its original luster while updating it to meet current and future needs.

Photo by Bruce Scottow/L.A. Conservancy

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Tower Theatre

The Tower Theater opened in 1927, was the first theatre designed by renowned theatre architect S. Charles Lee. The creative designer was able to fit 900 seats an ground floor retail onto a tiny corner lot.