Community activist/blogger/LAT critic/exclamation-point lover Brady Westwater landed a piece in Sunday’s Current section wherein he proposes that the dilapidated shuttered theatres downtown LA’s Broadway district be re-opened as an urban renewal project:
In the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s, L.A.’s Broadway District pulsated with entertainment. In its dozen still-standing theaters, Lily Langtry, Sarah Bernhardt and Lillian Russell sang, and the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope and Jack Benny made people laugh. Wyatt Earp and Albert Einstein were in the audience, among others.
Today, these theaters are vacant. In New York, meanwhile, 6 million people flock to theaters and inject more than $4 billion into the city. Yes, $4 billion.
Okay, fine, open up the theaters on Broadway. But please don’t make me go to ‘Cats’ again.