The Neon Lights Are Bright on Broadway (in Los Angeles)
Private Tour Explores This Resurgent
Los Angeles Neighborhood
There was a time early in the last century when Broadway in Los Angeles meant the same thing as the same boulevard in New York City – theaters, restaurants, hotels, entertainment. Vaudeville stages in LA’s early history became movie palaces as time and cultural preferences on our west coast changed. And then, as often happens in the life of a city, the downtown core sank into decrepitude. The theaters were abandoned, closed or turned into evangelical churches and swap meets. The street was avoided by pleasure seeking crowds who traveled elsewhere in the city for fun and excitement. But Los Angeles is always reinventing itself so it was no surprise when there came a tidal wave of change and downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) underwent a flurry of redevelopment and reuse. Old office buildings were converted to lofts and boutique hotels, new construction created locations for stores and restaurants, movie palaces were renovated and returned to service as theaters for retrospective film events and other large audience activities. We are proud to announce that DTLA is hopping these days and our private Los Angeles tour happily explores the new and shiny city blocks with historic core that remains. LA Live on the southern end of the city center is an exciting balance to Chinatown, Olvera Street and Union Station on the north end. Broadway, Los Angeles-style, connects them both and is a sign of the times as downtown Los Angeles reawakens to become the entertainment and business center it was a hundred years ago.