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The Hollywood Pantages Theatre always hosts a great variety of plays and musicals. Opened on June 4, 1930, it is designed in the Art Deco style. It was designed by Benjamin Marcus Priteca, who was from Glasgow, Scotland and emigrated to Seattle. He designed the Hollywood Pantages for Alexander Pantages, as well as 21 other theatres for Pantages. Priteca designed 150 theatres in total. Alexander Pantages, originally Pericles Alexandros Padazis, from Andros, Greece was an impresario and vaudeville film producer active in the western United States and Canada. He ran away from home at the age of nine, and eventually ended up in Seattle, then San Francisco, and eventually Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. There he opened his first theatre, the Orpheum. After moving back to Seattle, he finally ended up in Los Angeles. Successful for many years, he was accused of rape in the 1929, and while he was acquitted in 1931, his reputation was ruined and he sold his theatres for less than he built them, fading away into obscurity and forgotten in the history of early Hollywood. Originally a movie theatre, the Hollywood Pantages is currently one of the best live theatre venues in Los Angeles, having shown live theatre since February 1977.