For the ladies' lounge Lee used reflective black wall surfaces, angular mirrors, and white ceiling and zig-zag shaped vanity lights to create the glamorous sophisticated look associated with Hollywood in the 1920s.
Designed for a working class community in Los Angeles, the Tower Theater is a modest design which presents a stylish black and white Deco exterior (62701). The night view shows the effective use of neon and spotlighting to illuminate the fluted Moderne tower (62702). The box office is surrounded by circles of light bulbs on the lobby ceiling and a sunburst design on the lobbyýs terrazzo floor (62703). Poster cases are framed by scrolled pediments and simulated columns. The interior uses exaggerated columns, mirrors, white traditional-style furniture, and gilt to suggest a palatial elegance that is distant from the lives of the theatreýs clientele (62704-62705). Hanging lanterns and striped upholstery in the auditorium impart a subdued elegance (62706-62707).
Note on back of photograph: Carved glass panel depicting the Academy of Motion Pictures (from which the Theatre takes its name) and the Arts of the Theatre. At main entrance to auditorium. Panel is 10' [feet] high.
The restaurant ,located on the second floor, achieves a more elegant look with its sculptural ceiling light panels and the curvilinear back of the banquette on the far wall. The softly curtained windows overlooking the street would have cast an inviting night-time glow.
The curved shapes, the treatment of the staircase, the poster cases, and the recessed lighting panels correspond closely to the rendering (40801). A focal point of the space is the mural of the Western hemisphere framed by the national flags and figures representing its peoples.(40813) Banquettes with mirrored walls above them, flank the auditorium entrance.
Round stools and round mirrors at the vanity counter and a curved banquette fitted to the curved wall of the ladies' lounge reinforce the Streamline look. Even the wallpaper, printed with a pattern of round tents, echoes the theme.