All About the Mayan and Belasco

posted by Michael Zoldessy on May 15, 2009 at 7:55 am

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation
Invites You & Your Friends to Attend
All About the Mayan and Belasco
Saturday, May 16, 10:30 am —– Doors open at 10:00 am
Club Mayan ( ) 1038 S. Hill St. (btwn Olympic and 11th)
The Belasco ( )
1050 S. Hill St.

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) takes its popular All About… series to two theatres near the intersection of Hill and 11th St., the Mayan (1927) and Belasco (1926) on Saturday, May 16, 10:30 am. The event begins at the Mayan. The public is invited to attend.

Theatre historian Ed Kelsey will present a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on the storied past of these theatres, which were built to expand the Broadway district Southward. The Belasco was built for drama and the Mayan for musical theatre. A restoration/renovation is currently underway at the Belasco to convert the theatre to a night club and special event venue. The Mayan was converted into a very successful night club almost 20 years ago. Working with club owner Sammy Chao, the LAHTF interceded to ensure the renovations to the Mayan were reversible.

Tours will explore the far reaches of the theatres' public areas, support spaces, and stages to provide attendees with an insider’s, behind-the-scenes look at two unique buildings.

LAHTF volunteers will explain how you can get hands-on experience saving, restoring and programming great theatres in Los Angeles by becoming actively involved with the LAHTF. There will be announcements of a series of exciting events coming to historic theatres on Broadway soon.

COMING ATTRACTIONS: Save the Date: June 20.
June 13 – The Magic of Tony Curtis at the Million Dollar- HOUDINI, SOME LIKE IT HOT
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To assist with All About the Mayan & Belasco and the Magic of Tony Curtis
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Many people are fascinated by the architecture of fantasy so beautifully on display in Southern California’s great historic theatres. People are also curious about how the theatres work. What does it look like backstage? What do the performers see when they look out across the footlights? Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation’s “All About” series gives the public an insider’s look at these wonderful theatres and share parts of their histories – good and bad – as a way to encourage people to become actively involved in protecting and ensuring their futures.

The LAHTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring and supporting the operation of Southern California’s historic theatres. For more information visit

(Thanks to Dclemm for providing the photo.)

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Comments (1)

DonSolosan on May 15, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Prepped the Belasco today for the tour. This place is looking pretty amazing — I can’t wait to see it when they’re finished.

Be advised we’re going to be asking people to check their cameras at the Belasco door (no problems with taking photos in the Mayan) — management doesn’t want the place to be photographed “in process.”

Hope lots of you can show up for this event.

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