Looking for LA Conservancy - Broadway Historic Theatres Walking Tour Ticket for Saturday, May 3rd

posted by br91975 on March 14, 2008 at 10:45 am

I’m going to be visiting LA from NYC from May 2nd through 10th (flying out on the morning of the 10th) and was hoping to include the LA Conservancy – Broadway Historic Theatres Walking Tour as part of my agenda on Saturday, May 3rd, but found out via the Conservancy website that the tour for that date is sold out. Does anyone know if the LA Conservancy offers a waiting/stand-by list?

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Michael Zoldessy
Michael Zoldessy on March 14, 2008 at 10:28 pm

I would contact someone through their website, www.laconservancy.org They might be able to help.

br91975 on March 15, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Thank you for the advice, Michael. I e-mailed them yesterday; fingers crossed…

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on March 17, 2008 at 4:53 pm

My wife and I took the long awaited LA Broadway tour prior to moving out of California last October. We were basically VERY disappointed for many reasons;
It started off inside of Grauman’s beautifully restored but badly light Million Dollar Theatre. From theren on, we zoomed along a very crowded and extremely noisy street. Vehicular traffic made it extremely difficult to hear the guide, who should have used a bullhorn.
We only visited inside a couple of other theaters; one was a congested dump of a Mexican flea market and the other was the former Warner Theatre -now a diamond shop -and photo-taking was strictly banned! All others were closed, especially the fabulous Orpheum Theatre.

Michael Zoldessy
Michael Zoldessy on March 17, 2008 at 7:19 pm

I think some of the issues with the tour mentioned above are more an effect of the situation rather than the Conservancy. Broadway is possibly the most bustling street downtown on the weekends so providing a quiet place to conduct the tour is a challenge. They have a cap on the number of people allowed on a tour for this reason which is why so many weeks are sold out right now.

The availability of the theaters varies due to ownership, operating costs and the fact that any event being held inside has to take precedence to a tour. I’ve taken the tour before though and found it to be quite informative. Sometimes you can get into some more theaters. The Million Dollar is also looking a lot better than it has in years due to recent renovations.

Basically, if you’re looking to get into every theater on Broadway in one shot, it’s not gonna happen. I’ve lived in L.A. five years and been involved enough with the area to get into numerous events in the theaters and there’s still some I haven’t even been inside of. If you’re in L.A. for a short period, go on the tour and you may be on it a week where they get into more theaters. If you’re in L.A. for the long term, still go on the tour but keep an eye out for concerts, LATOS screenings, the Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats film series and you’ll be able to get into most of the major ones. The ones that have little activity in them or religious services though might take a while to crack.

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