Los Angeles, CA, USA
Located at 1801 South Grand Avenue, the Olympic Auditorium opened in 1925. Its first boxing program was on August 5, 1925. Seating capacity 10,400 (although this included "standing-room only" patrons).
The many people associated with the Olympic include:
- Jack Root: the first manager of the Olympic. He was a former World Light-Heavyweight Champion.
- Tom S. Andrews: the first matchmaker at the Olympic. He perhaps is better known for his record books.
- Joe Levy: Matchmaker during 1926 and early 1927. He managed Mexican Joe Rivers and served as a matchmaker or promoter at a number of other boxing venues as well.
- Jack Doyle: the promoter at the Olympic from early 1927 to 1933.
- Tom Gallery: promoted cards at the Olympic for awhile after Doyle. He was a boxing man who was involved in staging cards in Hollywood and San Francisco during the 1920s and the 1930s in addition to the Olympic. In addition, he was a network executive during television's early days.
- Joe Waterman: staged cards at the Olympic during the middle 1930s.
- Babe McCoy: the matchmaker at the Olympic from 1942 to the middle 1950s. He is regarded as the driving force at this famed arena during the period.
- Cal Eaton
- Aileen Eaton
- George Parnassus
- Don Fraser
- Mickey Davies
The Olympic Auditorium ran weekly boxing shows during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, usually on Tuesday nights. It later shifted to Thursdays during the early-to-late 1950s. After the Hollywood Legion Stadium shut down in 1959, the Olympic's shows moved to Fridays and Saturdays, and ran continuously until 1980. The Olympic Auditorium ran spot shows during the early 1980s, before closing in the late 1980s, as it had lost much of its luster due to age and the decay of its surrounding neighborhood.
In the early 1990s it was refurbished and its seating capacity reduced. It reopened for Oscar De La Hoya's WBO Lightweight Title defense against John Avila in 1994. As of 2004, it still holds boxing shows, and is now known as the "Grand Olympic Auditorium."
Trivia: Silent movie comedian Buster Keaton's 1926 comedy Battling Butler was filmed, in part, in the Olympic Auditorium.