More than 1,200 participants are expected Saturday for Councilmember Huizar’s 6th Anniversary Celebration of his Bringing Back Broadway initiative in an ever popular Downtown L.A.
(LOS ANGELES) January 21, 2014 – Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway will ring in its 6th Anniversary Saturday with a Day on Broadway clue-solving race and tours of the historic theaters on Broadway, including several that are opening up exclusively for the celebration.
Registration for the event (accessible at DayOnBroadway.LA) is proving extremely popular and is expected to draw more than 1,200 participants, including more than 60 teams already signed up for the sold-out The Best of Broadway race. Several other events are also at capacity.
“A Day on Broadway will be a day for the entire City to celebrate Broadway’s history and bright future through our Bringing Back Broadway initiative,” said Councilmember José Huizar, initiator and chair of Bringing Back Broadway. “From public policies to new businesses and job creation, we’ve made incredible strides through the Bringing Back Broadway initiative and have met our goals along the way. We are creating downhill momentum along the historic corridor and Broadway is once again becoming an important destination in the City of Los Angeles. I’m thrilled that so many Angelenos want to participate in celebrating one of L.A.’s most grand and storied streets.”
A Day On Broadway kicks off Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and due to demand, early arrival is encouraged.
A Day On Broadway will begin across from the newly opened Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles near 9th & Broadway and will offer something for everyone.
More than 60 teams of two to four people each will participate in a fun, clue-solving adventure exploring the district’s historic structures, landmark theaters, commercial, retail and restaurant sites in “CityRace: The Best of Broadway,” created especially for this occasion by our partners Race L.A./CityRace Urban Adventure Hunts.
Six historic Broadway theaters (Million Dollar Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre, Palace Theatre, Tower Theatre, Globe Theatre, and Orpheum Theatre) will be open Saturday for a rare glimpse during self-guided tours assisted by docents from the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. Theatre historian Ed Kelsey of the League of Historic American Theatres will conduct presentations on the history and architecture of the Million Dollar Theatre, Palace Theatre and Los Angeles Theatre at specified times.
Hundreds of pre-registered participants will enjoy a variety of Broadway walking tours led by the Los Angeles Conservancy. “Old Spaces, New Places” will highlight how historic spaces have been transformed into new uses for both retail and restaurants. Participants can also take a craft brewing class at Broadway’s L.A. Brewing Company.
Linda Dishman, heads up the Conservancy and is a leading historic preservation advocate.
“Bringing Back Broadway has made great progress during these six years connecting the dots needed to further downtown’s revival,” said Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy. “From the new commercial reuse guidelines to reactivating vacant spaces — and much more — the initiative has kicked downtown’s revitalization into high gear by aligning public and private interests. The Conservancy is proud to be a partner in this effort, and we’re excited for what lies ahead.”
A Day On Broadway events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for all docent-led and guided tours, classes and CityRace: Best of Broadway. Pre-registration is encouraged for theatre talks and self-guided tours.
Partners for this one-time only event include the Office of Councilmember José Huizar; L.A. Fashion District; Historic Downtown Business Improvement District; Downtown Center Business Improvement District; Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles; Race/LA; Los Angeles Conservancy; Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation; Los Angeles Streetcar Inc.; We Are Giants; as well as numerous Broadway restaurants, retail businesses and theaters.
Bringing Back Broadway is an ambitious 10-year plan led by Councilmember Huizar to revitalize the Historic Broadway corridor in downtown L.A. Goals are to provide economic development and business assistance, reactivate Broadway’s historic vacant theaters, as well as more than one million square feet of vacant commercial space and increase parking and transit options, including bringing the beloved streetcar back to downtown Los Angeles. www.BringingBackBroadway.com
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