L.A. movie palaces get starring role
posted by Michael Zoldessy on November 28, 2011 at 10:45 am
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Times had a feature last week about the cinemas of downtown Los Angeles popping up frequently in recent films. Check out how many of this season’s top flicks have cameos.
I visited the downtown theatre district over the Labor Day weekend and was incredibly disappointed by what I saw. While it appears that many of the downtown office buildings have been converted to residential, the street life has little evidence of gentrification. Large stretches of Spring Street smelled of urine. The retail is cheap though there is a sprinkling of trendy restaurants. The old theaters (while many have been restored on the inside) looked virtually abandoned from the outside; even the famed Los Angeles. I am happy that these theaters are still around and that at least they are able to have some income to keep them going, but it appears it will be a long time before this area has a true renaissance. Are these theaters landmarked? Los Angeles has a terrible reputation in protecting its landmarks (only Houston is likely worse). Does anyone know if they are protected?