LAHTF has been advocating behind the scenes for 3 years to protect the Hollywood Warner Theatre. The preservation coalition, formed originally by Hollywood Heritage and LAHTF now includes the Los Angeles Conservancy, and over the last 3 years we have met with the owners representatives multiple times, in meetings facilitated by CM O'Farrell's office. We are very concerned that the Warner, a crucial part of the Hollywood Theatre District, be reopened as a theatre. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell is meeting soon with the owners and we hope this will help move the process forward.
The Westlake Theatre in the McArthur Park area was last used as a swap meet and has been shuttered for many years. LAHTF Board members have toured the grand old theatre and have assisted potential buyers interested in bringing it back to life as a theatre. Offers were due on August 10th, as soon as LAHTF learns which offer was accepted, we will share the info here.
ALL ABOUT Royce Hall - For the first time LAHTF presented our ALL ABOUT behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Attendees learned about the unique history of this building, and explored from the balcony to the basement. LAHTF members got to go on a special "tour loop" and enjoyed a members-only reception in the theatre Green Room. Join today for more members-only events!
LAHTF is pleased to announce that the Alex Theatre was the recipient of the 2016 Theatre of the Year Award and Andrea Humberger received the 2016 Gold Star for Distinguished Service. Awards were presented on Sunday, May 21 in the Alex Theatre forecourt, followed by a free backstage tour of the 91 year old Theatre for attendees. Congratulations!
Our Event in the recently discovered S. Charles Lee home was made even more memorable by our special surprise guest, Lee's only child, Connie Keiter. After Eric Lynxwiler's wonderful slide presentation, he interviewed Ms. Keiter and members of her family about her famous father. Attendees also enjoyed a lovely reception and self guided tours of the home.
Our First ALL ABOUT Tour was also our first tour of the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The gracious management of the Playhouse gave us complete access to behind the scenes areas not open to the public. We were also treated to a live demonstration and mini-concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer by Edward Torres of LATOS.
Thanks to all who joined us for the ALL ABOUT tour of the 1927 MAYAN Theatre! We will be posting photos of the tour shortly. Thanks to the Club Mayan team for generously allowing us access, and our LAHTF Volunteers for all of your hard work!
After working for more that a year on the Huntington Park Warner Theatre, we were unable to find a tenant able to afford it. The owners proposed an adaptive reuse for retail, and during the approval process with the city, LAHTF was able to get a number of conditions added to the approval, which protected most of the historic elements of the theatre. While the owners are installing a removable level floor, they are protecting the walls and ornate ceiling, and have vowed to restore the neon marquee. Construction is underway now. Click here to read LAHTF's position statement.
Here is some background and an update on the Inglewood Fox from LAHTF Board Member Anne Cheek La Rose. Anne has worked on saving the Inglewood Fox for many years, and probably knows more about the situation than anyone. CLICK for the full story and photos. If you have any questions please contact Escott@LAHTF.org and he will pass on your message.
The 3rd Night on Broadway on January 28th was a huge success! LAHTF had information tables in many theatres and shared the history of the theatres and the Theatre District with thousands of attendees. Plans are already underway for next year! CLICK HERE for more information.