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Shrine Auditorium Burns to the Ground

January 12, 2010 |  4:00 am

Jan. 12, 1920, Briggs

“Ain’t It a Grand and Glorious Feeling?” by Clare Briggs.

Shrine Auditorium

An undated postcard of the old Shrine Auditorium.

Jan. 12, 1920, Shrine Auditorium Burns

Shrine Auditorium

Another postcard of the original Shrine Auditorium.

Jan. 12, 1920: "Shrine Auditorium, for more than 12 years an architectural and historical landmark and the largest hall in Los Angeles, was burned to the ground by a fire that started a few minutes before 3 p.m.," The Times says. The auditorium opened in 1907, but not in time for the city’s famous Shriners’ convention of that year. The second Shrine Auditorium opened in 1926.