LOST ANGELES

AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO MODERN AND HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE IN LA

WITH LAURA CRAVEN

EPISODE 3: THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM PART 1

February 6, 2018

25:19

Host Laura Craven sits down with “18th & Grand” director/producer STEVE DEBRO to discuss his documentary about the historic Olympic Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles.  On Part One of this two-part conversation, Steve talks about the first fifty years of the legendary space, including the unique construction and development of the arena, the changing ownership over the first decades, and how it became the boxing capital of the USA.

18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story is a feature documentary exploring  the turbulent history of Los Angeles through the story of the Olympic—a 10,000-seat fight palace—and the remarkable woman who ran it.

For more information about Steve Debro and the forthcoming documentary “18th & Grand,” go to 18thandgrand.com

GUEST: STEVE DEBRO

STEVE DEBRO’S 18TH & GRAND IS A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM CENTERED AROUND THE SPECTACULAR AND SEEDY OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM, A CAVERNOUS CATHEDRAL OF VIOLENCE LOCATED ON THE SOUTH END OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES.

BUILT IN 1925 AS L.A.’S ANSWER TO MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, FOR EIGHTY YEARS THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM WAS THE MOST VISCERALLY ENTERTAINING SHOW IN TOWN.  KNOWN AS THE GREATEST BOXING AND WRESTLING VENUE IN THE WEST AND GO-TO LOCATION FOR HOLLYWOOD—THE SMOKY, BEER-SPILLED 10,000 SEAT PUNCH-PALACE WAS FILM NOIR COME TO LIFE.

“18TH & GRAND,” PART OF THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM PROJECT, IS CURRENTLY IN POST-PRODUCTION AND NEARING COMPLETION, EXPECTED THIS YEAR!

LAURA AND STEVE DISCUSS THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM’S ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE AND ITS COLORFUL PAST AS A BOXING AND WRESTLING ARENA, ROLLER DERBY PALACE AND CONCERT HALL, AMONG OTHER THINGS.