Cult film director Paul Thomas Anderson takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the empty Los Angeles Theatre for HAIM’s new single ‘Hallelujah’, which celebrates the band’s sisterly bond.
The music video starts with Danielle Haim performing the stripped-back track inside the 2,000-person-capacity theatre’s auditorium, before sweeping a chair behind the curtains to Este, who takes over vocals in the blackened backstage area.
As the curtains close on stage, Danielle exits the theatre to walk down Broadway, passing her sisters, who are singing in the ticket booth and adjusting the signage on the front of the landmark building from a ladder.
It’s not the first time Anderson has teamed up with Haim – he previously directed the videos for ‘Summer Girl’ and short film ‘Valentine’. Nor is it the first time the 1930s landmark has appeared in front of the camera.
While the Los Angeles building – designed by S Charles Lee and Samuel Tilden Norton in a neo-baroque style – shuttered its doors to the public in 1994, it is commonly used as a film location. Its French-inspired gilded interiors are said to be modelled on the Palace of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors and have starred in Aerosmith’s 2000 video, Jaded, as well as Mad Men, and Charlie’s Angels.