A Few Seats Left for Last Remaining Seats
by Jon Peters
Last Remaining Seats (LRS), a classic film series organized by the Los Angeles Conservancy, takes center stage this May and June in downtown’s historic Broadway theatre district. The event includes three historic movie palaces, the Orpheum, Million Dollar and the Los Angeles theatres for six different shows, four of which have already sold out. Since 1987, the series offers an answer to Angelenos seeking out both classic architecture and classy film.
Built in the teens and twenties during a downtown construction boom, the theatres began their decline during the twenties as the movies and movie-going moved to Hollywood. While some Broadway theatres like the Roxy and the Cameo have converted to clothes and electronics shops, others have held on. Imposing in their shuttered elegance and rarely open to the public, for the length of the series they become bustling movie palaces. During a typical season the conservancy sells 11,000 tickets, according to Trudi Sandmeier, the Conservancy’s director of education.