Hollywood Masonic Temple
The Free and Accepted Masons of Hollywood Lodge No. 355, located at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, was built in 1921. Designed by John C. Wilson Austin in the Neo-Classical style, the cornerstone for the temple was laid on May 14, 1921.
In 1982, the Masons sold the building to singer Rosita LaBello who briefly converted the temple into the Hollywood Opera & Theater Company. Detroit real estate developer and nightclub entrepreneur James Hoseyni renovated and reopened the building in 1987 as the Hollywood Live Entertainment Pavilions. The lavish entertainment center included a cabaret, jazz club, and an 800-person dance club.
Disney’s Buena Vista Theatres, Inc. purchased the temple in 1998. Now known as the El Capitan Entertainment Center, the building currently houses the studio and offices for ABC’s late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! Hollywood Masonic Temple was recognized by the Cultural Heritage Commission of the City of Los Angeles as a Historic Cultural Monument in June of 1984 and listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1985.
Owner: Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.
Original Architect: John C. Wilson Austin
Architect: Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
Restoration Contractor: Spectra Company