Bringing Back the Broadway Theater District
Downtown's historic Broadway Theater District could soon be getting a boost from the City. The Downtown News is reporting that a press conference on the area is planned for tomorrow morning, and that City Coucilman José Huizar (14th district) and Mayor Villaraigosa will be on hand to share with local business and land owners their goals and intentions.
As revitalization takes place throughout LA's downtown area, many are seeking to extend the developments and improvements to the Broadway area, which is home to many majestic and historic theaters, once the crown jewels of our city's movie palaces. "Among the most prized treasures of the area are Broadway's twelve historic movie palaces, which in their heyday evoked - and often surpassed - the magic of stage and screen," explains Historic Downtown LA.
The LA Conservancy has been working on their "Broadway Initiative" which is "a unique proactive effort by the Conservancy to restore Broadway and the surrounding Historic Downtown by taking a leadership role in their revitalization. Our work enhances the opportunities for the Historic Downtown to become a vital 24-hour urban place - a center for arts & entertainment, a community for residents, a lively marketplace and a gathering spot for all Angelenos." Much of that vision is most likely what Huizar and Villaraigosa will discuss tomorrow, as plans for adding more nightlife and dining options to the area are anticipated to be revealed. The Conservancy's full action plan is available to read online.
For anyone interested in learning more about this incredible and ideally evolving area, the LA Conservancy offers guided walking tours of the Broadway Theater District every Saturday at 10 a.m.