Tuesday, January 28, 2014
A Day Touring Downtown Los Angeles' Broadway Theatres
Los Angeles's Broadway -- the home to countless grand, old movie palaces -- is finally joining in the downtown renaissance, and on Saturday, hundreds of Angelenos toured the street ("Day on Broadway") to get an update on how Bringing Back Broadway is going.
Sadly, the Clifton's Cafeteria is still closed (that renovation is taking much longer to complete), but those great theaters are being made over, one-by-one. The biggest success story remains the Orpheum Theatre, but the Palace Theatre also has been given a nice update. The Globe, which had been somewhat gutted, is now also coming back, while the United Artists has now been renovated as part of the Ace Hotel makeover.
Some pics from the event, which was sponsored by the LA Conservancy and the office of City Councilman Jose Huizar:
The Palace screen
The Palace Theatre's auditorium
One of the Palace Theatre's two large murals
A fixture adorns one of the Palace Theatre's handrails.
The Palace's "Gentlemen's" room.
Outside the Palace
The Tower Theatre wasn't open for tours, as filming was going on. But we did pass by the outside facade.
The curtain inside the Los Angeles Theatre
I know, we've posted pics of the inside of the glorious Los Angeles Theatre many times, but here's another.
Even after its run as a swap meet and later, as a nightclub, the Globe's theater curtain remains.
The Globe's ceiling
The sloping theater floor was flattened, but much of the Globe's inside is still preserved.
The upstairs balcony at the Globe Theatre
The spruced-up United Artists marquee, now home to downtown's brand new Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel entrance
Ace Hotel front desk
New restaurant at the Ace Hotel