During the Jazz Age, the neon stretch of the DTLA Broadway theatre district rivaled its New York namesake — a strip where a dozen temples of cinema played host to screen starlets and matinee kings, and film royalty premiered their latest reels nightly to audiences of thousands.
Though most don’t regularly show films anymore, the Broadway theatres remain standing in full regalia, a nod to their storied and splendid past and to the ongoing cultural renaissance of Downtown Los Angeles. Still a vibrant shopping street, the area is also a hub of adaptive reuse projects that have turned office buildings and old department stores into loft-style apartments and condominiums.
LA Conservancy’s now leading a tour of the Broadway Theatre district. Subject to availability, the tour visits the interior of the ornate movie palaces built between 1913 and 1931: the Los Angeles Theatre, the Palace Theatre, the Orpheum Theatre and, of course, The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
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