Sorry about the short notice, but this will be an extremely rare ONE DAY ONLY Saturday afternoon tour of downtown L.A.'s historic movie palaces--the largest known concentration of surviving historic movie theatre landmarks remaining in the entire United States.
This will be a 2 part outing!!! The main six theatre self-guided tour is FREE WITH 11:30am PRE-REGISTRATION, however, a special earlier kickoff event that requires a separate advance online-purchased $15 ticket will allow participants the added bonus of seeing the latest restored United Artists Theatre at 9:45am. The UA Theatre was the latest downtown L.A. Broadway district theatre that was just restored by the Ace Hotel chain.
Six historic Broadway district theatres (the Million Dollar, Palace, Los Angeles Theatre, Globe, Tower and Orpheum) will be especially all open for this special self guided, "go at your own pace" walking tour between 12:30-4pm after which REGISTRANTS (you MUST be pre-registered in advance at 11:30am after the UA Theatre kickoff event) will then later will also be able to indulge in the multiple, private V.I.P. district happy hours at the nearby Broadway Bar, L.A. Brewing Company and the newly opened Ace Hotel. Please be prepared to do a ton of walking (and bring your portable plug in cell phone rechargers).
Docents from both the L.A. Conservancy and L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation will be stationed at each theatre to provide historical information (though Jono already knows much of the history after having worked for 12 years for the former movie theatre operator of these landmarks--the Metropolitan Theatres chain (who still operate most of the movie theatres in downtown Santa Barbara) as well as formerly heading the non-profit Friends Of The Orpheum where he produced classic movie events for over 10 years (prior to the development of various, now popular loft districts).
Participants must PRE-REGISTER at the beginning of the day at 918 S. Broadway. By pre-registering we will get passes that will allow us to get into the theatres and attend special historic talks by theatre historian (and one of Jono's longtime former exes!) Ed Kelsey who is currently the general manager of the Orpheum Theatre. We will stop for lunch in the historic Grand Central Market.
Again a lot of walking will be involved so make sure to wear VERY comfortable walking shoes and loose fitting clothing. Bring water bottles you can carry and sub block for when we are walking outside on the street.
Unfortunately this pre-registration is at the opposite south side of the district, so after registering at about 11:50am we will start walking up Broadway toward 3rd Street so we can make it to the Million Dollar Theatre in enough time for Ed to give his historical talk about that theatre at 1:30pm. The next stop will be the Los Angeles Theatre (near 6th Street) at 2:30pm, then Palace Theatre at 3:30pm with stops also at the Tower and Orpheum Theatres afterwards. If time allows we will try to grab a quick lunch bite at the Grand Central Market (next to the Million Dollar) AND see if we can also catch a glimpse of the amazing Bradbury Building historic interior, ground floor lobby.
If you have never seen these historic theatres you will be blown away and in for a major visual treat--they are amazing in their grandeur.
At 4pm we will stop at multiple private VIP happy hours especially for tour goers who attended this event.
If people are still hungry we might later even hit a downtown restaurant for dinner afterwards. This will be a full day type event.
PARKING: Various private pay lots will be available in and around 9th & Broadway near the Orpheum and Cal Mart.