BRINGING BACK BROADWAY - A DOWNTOWN L.A. CELEBRATION

March 16, 2015


At one time, Broadway, one of the oldest streets in Los Angeles, was the center of action and hub of business for decades. On this once magnificent street, theaters were built up and down the thoroughfare, housing vaudeville acts and later movie theaters. After awhile this once grand street fell into disrepair, another victim of the blight that struck downtown Los Angeles. However, things are changing.  There is a move to restore the street and its businesses, including its grand theaters, back to their former glory and revitalize the area.  Thanks to Bringing Back Broadway progress is being made in the Broadway Theater District and Night on Broadway is an opportunity to tour these theaters and appreciate them in their (to be)restored glory. 

Million Dollar Theater Night on Broadway



While groups like the Los Angeles Conservancy offer tours of the theaters, Night on Broadway is an opportunity to go into several of the Broadway theaters as they were meant to be enjoyed.  The theaters, lit in the evening and hosting performances, gleam so that guests may enjoy their beauty to the fullest, not just as stagnant buildings, but as vital, relevant parts of the community.  Many of the theaters were built in the 1920s and 1930s and their opulence and over-the-top grandeur are a sight to behold. Seven of the remaining theaters opened their doors so the public, free of charge, could enjoy them and get excited about their preservation.

Million Dollar Theater Night on Broadway

Million Dollar Theater Night on Broadway

Million Dollar Theater Night on Broadway

Night on Broadway
View down Broadway

Should you choose to go to Night on Broadway next year (it was at the end of January in 2015), my recommendation is to go early.  Many of the theaters were filled to the brim for the stage shows and pushing your way past the crowds to get in wasn't my favorite way to experience the evening. It is wonderful the evening generates such excitement in the community.  Just go prepared to join thousands of other people who are as excited to experience the theaters as you are.

Los Angeles Theater Night on Broadway
 The Los Angeles Theater.  Charlie Chaplin's City Lights premiered here.
Los Angeles Theater Night on Broadway

Los Angeles Theater Night on Broadway

Los Angeles Theater Night on Broadway

The evening was an enchanting experience to step back in time and imagine what life was like back in the day. Next year I'll come prepared (and with flatter shoes!)

Orpheum Theater Night on Broadway
 The Orpheum Theater
Orpheum Theater Night on Broadway

'Bye for Now,





Lily said...

Lovely photos! I do hope to get the chance to go and visit those wonderful movie palaces one of these days. Sounds like the perfect night to do it!

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