7th annual Night on Broadway. DTLA. I know, doesn't make sense. But historically it does. The Los Angeles city center has definitely turned a corner, and it looks like the theater district was the key all along. There are twelve theaters, all in various stages of restoration, dwellings that hold the secrets of a bygone era of theater culture shared by early Angelenos in the 1920's and '30's, before the Egyptian theater opened its doors and the focus turned to Hollywood.
Saturday was the first time in decades that seven theaters were open on the same night. The open house at the Ace (United artists theater) was spectacular, with its ornate chandeliers in the lobby and ornate murals on the ceiling.
We couldn't possibly stop there and watch a movie. We moved on to marvel at VAUDEVILLE magician David Kovac and illusionist Sebastian Kraine at the Million dollar theater, enjoying with the whimsical dance troupe, WILDERBE at the Los Angeles theater, singing along with the HONOLULU STRUMMERS at the Palace, and stumbling upon the amazing and hauntingly beautiful STRING THEORY at the Orphuem theater.
Jose Huizar with Bringing back Broadway, are working together to attract businesses back to the area with over a million square feet of commercial space currently up for grabs.
Happy to see the theaters being reopened, and enjoy seeing the city restoration happening, though in some ways will miss the solitude on our Sunday explorations for pie at the original Cliftons, gyros at St Vincent Alley, tacos at grand central market - amidst the full assault of Latin music, and parade of chartreuse and scarlet quincenaros dresses. Soon, no doubt, to be a thing of the past