Night on Broadway Brings Back Glamour Era

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Golden Era of Broadway Glitters for Night on Broadway

Saturday, January 30, 2016 — Rain or Shine

Broadway (3rd – Olympic) Free Art Fest, 5-11 pm


NightonBroadway_5317Hundreds of artists and exhibits will captivate you in theaters and on Broadway in a multi-block street festival crowned by a five-story Ferris wheel overlooking Broadway. Seven historic theater venues and a lively outdoor festival stage will showcase live entertainment and art. All for free.

On this amazing evening you can experience seven of Broadway’s historic movie palaces. Six of these theaters — the Million Dollar, the Los Angeles, the Palace, the Globe, the Tower, and the Orpheum — are rarely open to the public. Only the United Artists Theater (in the Ace Hotel) regularly holds events.

For Night on Broadway, live entertainment will headline historic theater venues and a lively outdoor festival stage. Seven of Broadway’s glorious historic theaters will be filled with acts ranging from acrobats to performance art and comedians to recording artists, while the storied corridor itself will come alive with a large slate of outdoor activities and entertainment. The mult-block, arts-focused street festival will bring together Broadway’s iconic streetscape and historic theater venues into one fantastic event.

The Golden Era of Broadway Comes Alive in the Theaters

NightonBroadway_5338Night on Broadway has the feel of multiple premieres on a street lined with movie palaces. Each of the seven featured theaters is a gem in itself — the combination is an amazing jeweled evening. Being in these theaters brings the Golden Era of Broadway to life.

Hundreds of artists and exhibits will captivate you in theaters and throughout a multi-block street festival crowned by a five-story Ferris wheel overlooking Broadway.

These highlights from last year’s event give an idea of the even more spectacular Night on Broadway planned for January 30, 2016.

Mary Pickford Favored Moorish Design for United Artists

NightonBroadway_1912In 2015, the United Artists Theatre at Ace Hotel showed the classic feature film “Metropolis.” For 2016, the United Artists will host multiple acts curated by The Well, including OWSLA and Mad Decent recording artists; Viva Presents Thee Commons and Slow Hollows; Calentura; and a special engagement by singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy, providing a fantastic array of live entertainment. An L.A. designer fashion showcase, market and exhibition will round out the activities at the Ace.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel originally opened as the United Artists on December 26, 1927 with “My Best Girl,” a silent film starring Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers.

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 Beaux Arts Meets Art Deco in The Orpheum

NightonBroadway_1844In 2015 The Orpheum featured performances by String Theory. For 2016, the stunning Orpheum Theatre will feature performing arts troupe ZenArts with “The Last Night” on stage, while the NOH8 campaign offers an open photo shoot opportunity (additional fee) in the north hall, as part of a worldwide to effort to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.

The Orpheum opened on February 15, 1926, as the fourth and final Los Angeles venue for the Orpheum vaudeville circuit. After a $3 million renovation, started in 1989, it is the most restored of the historic movie palaces in LA. It has a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, installed in 1928, that is one of only a few remaining in Southern California venues.

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Charlie Chaplin Helped Fund The Los Angeles Theater


The dazzling Los Angeles Theatre hosted Wilderbe in 2015. For 2016, the Los Angeles Theatre’s stage is headlined by the Lucent Dossier Experience. Sculptor and installation artist Scott Hove, known for his work with Banksy on Dismaland, will present  “Slow Disco” in the dramatic Los Angeles Theatre ballroom. A dreamy, ethereal light experience resembling a disco, but at a very slow speed, it evokes the sensation of being underwater.

The Los Angeles Theatre was constructed in late 1930 and early 1931. It was commissioned by H.L. Gumbiner, an independent film exhibitor from Chicago, who also built the nearby Tower Theatre. The theater features a French Baroque interior, with a grand central staircase. The opulent interior is said to have been modeled after the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. It was the last lavish movie palace built on Broadway, as the area began to feel the effects of the Great Depression and faced competition from new theaters on Hollywood Blvd., three of which are still in operation — El Capitan, Grauman’s Egyptian, and Grauman’s Chinese.

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Easy Metro Access

Take the Red/Purple Lines to Pershing Square, use the 4th Street exit, and walk two blocks to Broadway. Special Night on Broadway destination discounts are available to attendees who show their Metro TAP cards. A list is on Night on Broadway‘s website.

Complimentary bike valet service will be provided at 5th Street in the festival area, coordinated by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Broadway’s DTLA Bikes.



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2 Responses to Night on Broadway Brings Back Glamour Era

  1. Jean Henigson says:

    How wonderful that all of those old theaters have been restored, and I hope they will be maintained into the future. Must have cost multi big bucks, from where? Did you two go to this last year, or will you go tonight?

    I forwarded this e-mail to a friend whose son lives in L.A. Best J


  2. Jean Henigson says:

    Night on Broadway looks like a fantastic event. I didn’t know about it before I saw it in your blog. Thank you so much.

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