Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

In downtown Los Angeles, there's a stretch of road that when lit reminds me the good ol' days as depicted in black and white movies. Broadway was LA's first important street. It's now getting a second chance at life. 

Text and Photos by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Drew Tewksbury
Published: 18 Feb 2015 Artbound

The Globe | SoCal Connected
On a recent festive night, the 104-year-old Palace Theatre, the oldest Orpheum theater in the country, presided over Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, sparkling like a grand dame from the last century miraculously rejuvenated.

Its polished marble finish gleamed; its ceiling murals glimmered; intricate detail abounded, leaving onlookers agape. Inside, a parade of red velvet seats unfolded amid multicolored terra cotta swags, flowers, and fairies. Depending on the hour, guests were treated to the soothing strums of the ukelele by the Honolulu Avenue Strummers or the buoyant folk style of Skylarks. For one night, the once lonely madam became a belle of the ball.

"Every person that walked in would pause with big eyes and jaws dropping. I wish you could have seen the look in people's faces," says 14th District City Councilman José Huizar. [read more]


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