$150 million reboot for Hollywood Temple to Stars

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 3 at 8:50 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From its very beginnings, Wilshire Boulevard Temple has been a major Hollywood production.

The imposing marble edifice on the edge of downtown Los Angeles was bankrolled by a handful of movie studio moguls, including Louis B. Mayer.

When it opened in 1929, the Warner Bros. film studio provided the stunning Hugo Ballin murals depicting the history of Judaism that line its sanctuary walls.

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 a couple of weeks, its ornate front doors will reopen for a press preview showing of its refurbished murals, newly lit giant chandeliers and other accoutrements.

Religious services will resume in time for the High Holy Days in September.

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