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Esotouric Tour's presents: Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles Beautiful, Magical Mess

February 11, 2023

Saturday, February 11, 2023

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Tour meets at Hill Street Patio at Grand Central Market (near Horse Thief BBQ)

Parking: Grand Central Market Garage at 308 S Hill Street

Join Esotouric on a stroll through the National Register Broadway Theatre District, the largest collection of historic motion picture palaces in the country, on an architectural, cultural, and public policy history tour of a great street that needs a lot of help. How did Broadway take shape in the early 20th Century, why did the entertainment and retail district decline, and who are the personalities who have sought to preserve, reactivate, and profit from it—not always successfully?

Along the way, we’ll talk about what it means to be the National Register District, how the Jewelry District used old buildings in fresh new ways and how the lessons of Wilshire’s Wiltern Theatre could be used to reactivate downtown’s dark venues while pointing out the sites of lost landmarks, hidden details, ghost signs and magic carpets of terrazzo that make up this beautiful, magical mess at the heart of the city.

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