The Los Angeles “Bringing Back Broadway” Project!

The Los Angeles City Council continued to review the financial impact of the downtown revitalization project “Bringing Back Broadway” this month.   This project deserves our support because it is a great investment in L.A.’s future.

Here is what advocates of the “Bringing Back Broadway”project hope to accomplish and what they still have left to do.

Los Angeles Theater, Broadway Theater District, Los Angeles, California

Historic Theatres on Broadway

The largest concentration of historic theaters in the nation once thrived along Broadway in Los Angeles from Second Street to Olympic (once known as Tenth Street). When the revitalization is complete, the hope is that all twelve magnificent theatres will once again become hosts to Los Angeles’ most popular destination.

Four of these amazing theatres were saved from demolition and deterioration by recently deceased philanthropist Ezat Delijani: The Los Angeles Theatre and the Palace between Sixth and Seventh, the old Loew’s State Theatre on the corner of Seventh and Broadway, and the Tower Theatre at Eighth Street. The Million Dollar Theater and the Orpheum are also completely restored. Taking a walk through the past on a photo tour of these theatres reveals the astounding beauty of these almost-lost treasures.

Streetcars are coming back

When the streetcar system is complete, it will connect Historic Broadway at its spine with other entertainment and

Pacific Electric Railway cars piled atop one another at junkyard on Terminal Island, Calif., 1956.

cultural destinations, such as L.A. Live and Staples Center at one end, and Bunker Hill/Grand Avenue’s Music Center complex at the other end. More important, it will remind one how much fun it is to ride the trolleys downtown!

Wider sidewalks, original street lamps

Lovers of old L.A. architecture will be thrilled to know that the original engineering drawings of the very first Broadway

street lamps have been uncovered.  They will be   – more –

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For more information on the “Bringing Back Broadway” Project and downtown L.A., click  HERE:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8354687/the_los_angeles_bringing_back_broadway.html?cat=8

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