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$150 million reboot for Hollywood Temple to Stars

June 2, 2013 • Entertainment


In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, photo, a worker cleans the stained glass inside the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. From its very beginnings, the imposing looking marble building that takes up an entire block of Koreatown has been a Hollywood production. During the Golden Era, MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer, along with fellow movie moguls Irving Thalberg, Carl Laemmle and the Warner brothers, helped bankroll the cavernous Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which debuted in 1929 as the cornerstone of the largest Jewish congregation west of Chicago. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From its very beginnings, the imposing marble edifice with the glistening copper dome rising 100 feet above the edge of downtown Los Angeles has been a major Hollywood production.

During the Golden Era, MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer, along with fellow movie moguls Irving Thalberg, Carl Laemmle and the Warner brothers, helped bankroll the cavernous Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which debuted in 1929 as the cornerstone of the largest Jewish congregation west of Chicago.

The Tinseltown synagogue became known as the “Temple to the Stars” and served as the featured set location for everything from A-list weddings to an episode of “Entourage.”

Now, in the grand tradition of long-running Hollywood franchises, LA’s oldest synagogue is getting a $150 million reboot — just in time for summer release.

In the coming weeks, the sanctuary’s ornate front doors will open for the first time in nearly two years, allowing the public to see a restoration that includes newly repaired giant chandeliers and refurbished murals depicting the history of Judaism by the great film artist Hugo Ballin.

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