Located in the Historic Core of Downtown LA, the agency has its advantages when it comes to old Hollywood history, gorgeous architecture, amazing eateries, and a booming art scene. Well, if ever there was a time to dust off the top hat, it is now.
In an effort to revitalize and restore this area of DTLA, councilman Huizar is leading a decade-long effort towards “Bringing Back Broadway”. Below is a direct quote from the website, which aims to restore, preserve, and light up the signs and many of the historic buildings and theaters, in addition to bringing back the streetcar that was once used for public transit before the advent of automobiles! Imagine walking down the street as it was a century ago, glittering and glorious with lighted marquises, and the sounds of vaudevillian music and streetcar bells filling the night air!
…[G]oals are to provide economic development and business assistance; encourage historic preservation; reactivate Broadway’s historic theaters and long-underutilized commercial buildings; and increase transit and development options by bringing the beloved streetcar back to downtown Los Angeles with Broadway as the spine for the route.
That fantasy was realized in “Night On Broadway”– a one-night festival where Broadway was blocked off to open the historic theaters (some of which had not been opened in decades!) and feature speakeasies, concerts, galleries, and exhibitions such as chess boxing, as experienced by one of our designers, Minh. Visit the websites to learn more about the initiative and get up-to-date on upcoming ceremonies, and events!