Saban Theatre

Beverly Hills, CA

The Saban Theatre, also known as the Temple of the Arts, is a synagogue located in Beverly Hills, California. The building first opened in 1930 as the Fox-Wilshire Theatre, which was a 2,500 seat movie theatre built as part of the Fox West Coast Theatres circuit. The Art Deco theatre was an early design by renowned architect S. Charles Lee, who is recognized as one of the most prolific and distinguished west coast motion picture designers; he is known for such theatres as the Bruin Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Tower Theatre in Fresno. The building operated as a movie house until 1980 when it was converted to a stage venue, with an enlarged lobby to better accommodate audiences during intermissions. The building was purchased in 2005 by Temple Shalom for the Arts. It was renamed the Saban Theatre in 2009, and is now used for religious services, as well as theatrical productions, concerts, film shoots, and special events. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012 and added to the Beverly Hills Register of Historic Properties in 2013.

EverGreene was retained by the Temple of the Arts to completely restore the main entryway and rotunda lobby. EverGreene performed plaster repairs, surface preparations, and applied all decorative painted, gilded, and glazed finishes within the space. The EverGreene design team used historical photographs as inspiration and reference to design appropriate Art Deco motifs for reintroduction into the space; one of the most prominent features being the new dome design, which was created by EverGreene Creative Director Alan Carroll in silver and black reminiscent and reflective of the original motifs.