Rare Opportunity to Visit LA’s Tower Theatre

posted by btkrefft on February 24, 2005 at 6:04 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Tower Theatre on Broadway, which has been closed since 1988, will host a free lecture by Hollywood film historian Marc Wanamaker called “How West Coast Movie Production Began Downtown” on February 26th.

The S. Charles Lee-designed Tower is not included on the Los Angeles Conservancy’s theater district tour and is rarely open to the public.

It is mainly used for film shoots, according to Jon Olivan, the theater’s manager, who is currently trying to gain public attention of the Tower to convert it into a multi-purpose entertainment venue, like the Orpheum.

The lecture begins at 10 AM Saturday. Further information can be found at www.towertheaterla.com or in this report from LA Downtown News.

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DonSolosan
DonSolosan on February 24, 2005 at 6:33 pm

Odd, there’s nothing at the towertheaterla site. Think I’ll have to get up early and go to this. The last time I was in the Tower, it was a church.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on February 24, 2005 at 11:54 pm

On one of the Conservancy Tours in autumn 2003, this theatre was in fact open to the public as part of the package. All the seats except the balcony ones are gone – in fact, many illegal alterations were done to the theatre by previous tenants before they were caught and evicted – but the guy (Jon Olivan?) who was just closing the Tower up for the day was gracious enough to let me and a visiting Australian friend inside. The chandeliers are absolutely beautiful and the whole thing could really succeed as a concert venue if interesting booking were put in place much like the Orpheum’s latest batch of rock concerts.

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