Al Malaikah Temple, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA – A landmark large-event location was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975. Opened in 1926, the current Shrine Auditorium replaced an earlier 1906 Al Malaikah Temple which had been destroyed by a fire on January 11, 1920.
In the late 1960s, the Shrine was referred to as "The Pinnacle" by the audiences of rock concerts. In 2002, the auditorium underwent a $15 million renovation that upgraded the stage with state-of-the-art lighting and rigging systems. The entire complex follows a Moroccan architectural motif designed by San Francisco-based theater architect G. Albert Lansburgh, with local architects John C. Austin and A. M. Edelman. When built, the auditorium could hold 1,200 people on stage and seat an audience of 6,442.
The Shrine Auditorium has hosted many Academy Awards Ceremonies from 1947 to 2001. The Grammy Awards, Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Miss Universe Contest are among the many other events. The Shrine Auditorium has been the location for many films including the original King Kong and A Star Is Born.
Scottish Rite Temple, San Jose, CA – Freemasonry has been a part of San Jose for over 150 years. San Jose Masonic Lodge #10 was issued a dispensation to operate on 11 July 1850. The first recorded communication of degrees of Scottish Rite Masonry was on 16 May 1883 by Albert Pike and the San Jose Lodge of Perfection #13 was organized on 10 March 1885. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite has maintained a temple in San Jose since 1909 and we have been at our current location since 1984.