Learn about the historic buildings and theatres that make L.A.'s Broadway a special place on this virtual tour designed for younger audiences.
In the 1920s and 30s, Downtown L.A.’s Broadway was an exciting, popular place to visit. People saw performances and movies at the many theatres and movie palaces, went shopping, and ate at popular restaurants. Buildings with fancy decorations and bright signs attracted visitors inside.
Beginning in the 1950s, many of the theatres began showing Spanish-language films, and new shops sold goods to an increasingly diverse community.
As the city continued to change, fewer people visited Broadway. Many shops and theatres closed. Recently, through the work of different organizations and individuals, the area has come back to life.
Today, Broadway is an exciting place to visit again!
The area between Third St. and Olympic Blvd. on Broadway is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, protecting it from being torn down. That means people like you can enjoy visiting Broadway’s historic buildings now and in the future.
to learn more about the buildings featured on this tour.
Helpful vocabulary words to know for this tour:
Architect- A person who designs and plans buildings.
Architecture- The design or style of buildings. Architecture tells us how and why a building looks a certain way.
Los Angeles Conservancy
523 W. Sixth St., Suite 826
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (213) 623-2489
Credits: Interior photo by Mike Hume, Photos by Annie Laskey, Photo by Annie Laskey, Photos by Mike Hume, Photo by Adrian Scott Fine, Photo by Barry Schwartz