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 lined 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. The community wished for restoration of the street and its businesses. Including its grand theaters, Broadway inches towards its former glory. Thanks to Bringing Back Broadway progress is being made in the Broadway Theater District. Night on Broadway allows guests to tour these theaters and appreciate them in their (to be)restored glory.
Night on Broadway
Some groups like the Los Angeles Conservancy offer tours of the theaters. However, 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. Guests may enjoy their beauty to the fullest, not just as stagnant buildings, but as vital, relevant parts of the community. Built in the 1920s and 1930s, 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.
View down Broadway
Should you choose to go to Night on Broadway, my recommendation is to go early. Guests filled many of the theaters to the brim for the stage shows. 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.
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!)
The Orpheum Theater