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Redwood tree and atrium at Clifton's Cafeteria

Clifton's Cafeteria: The Story of an L.A. Icon


Elina Shatkin

How magical would it be to instantly trade the sidewalks and steel of an urban downtown for a woodland utopia? Clifton's spanned 16,000-square-feet of faux redwoods, frolicking forest creatures, scenic murals, a brook babbling with limeade and a 20-foot waterfall cascading over artificial rocks. To say that Clifton’s was unique is like saying LeBron James is a pretty decent basketball player. Imagine a larger-than-life diorama designed by Walt Disney on a Pine Sol-fueled bender. Simply put, it was unlike any other restaurant in Los Angeles.

Olvera Street vendors

The Guide to Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles


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Olvera Street is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Los Angeles, located in the oldest district of the city as part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. The colorful Mexican marketplace opened on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1930 following a preservation campaign that was spearheaded by Christine Sterling. Several of L.A.’s most historic buildings are located at Olvera Street, along with dozens of craft shops, restaurants and other businesses. Nearly two million annual visitors stroll the tree-shaded, brick-lined block. Read on and discover historic Olvera Street in Downtown L.A.

Lobby of the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown L.A.

Discover the Historic Theatres on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles


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Stretching for six blocks from 3rd to 9th Streets along South Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles, the historic Broadway Theatre District includes 12 movie theatres built between 1910 and 1931. The Broadway Theatre District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in May 1979, the first and largest historic theatre district listed on the Register. It is the only large concentration of movie palaces left in the United States.

At its height, the neon-drenched district had the highest concentration of cinemas in the world, with seating capacity for more than 15,000 patrons. In a February 2006 article for the Los Angeles Times, Cara Mia DiMassa wrote: “Dozens of theaters screened Hollywood's latest fare, played host to star-studded premieres and were filled nightly with thousands of moviegoers. In those days, before World War II, Downtown L.A. was the movie capital of the world."

Efforts by the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Bringing Back Broadway initiative, the Broadway Theatre Group and the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation have restored many of these theatres to their original splendor. New generations of Angelenos can now experience live performances and cultural events at these spectacular venues. Read on and discover the great movie palaces of the Broadway Theatre District.

Chungking Studio art opening in Chinatown

The Guide to Chung King Road Galleries in Chinatown


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Chung King Road is located in historic Chinatown, just steps from the Hill Street exit off the 110 Freeway. Just 40 feet wide, Chung King Road is bare and quiet during the day - occasionally someone will make their way through as a shortcut to Chinatown’s main attractions. But on art opening nights, throngs of L.A. art enthusiasts pack the little alley to check out the latest exhibits on view at the new generation of art galleries. Read on for a guide to the galleries of Chung King Road.

North African tacos at Revolutionario

Great Places to Eat Near USC & Exposition Park


Joshua Lurie

Whether you’re a starving student or have some more resources to spare on your meals, the South L.A. neighborhoods surrounding the University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum are starting to offer some interesting dining options. Learn about some of our favorite area restaurants, most of which are within walking distance of the USC campus and Exposition Park.

Cappuccino at Daily Dose

The Best Places for Coffee in the Downtown L.A. Arts District


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Since Urth Caffe opened in 2008, the Arts District in Downtown L.A. has become affectionately known as the “Coffee District,” home to some of the top third wave coffee purveyors in the city. Read on for the best places in the Arts District to get your caffeine fix and more.

The Broad museum, exterior view on Grand Avenue

The Broad Announces Ticketing, Hours & Visitor Information


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The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, located on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The museum will open Sept. 20, 2015 with free general admission. The museum will be home to the nearly 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide.

Hotel Normandie lobby

Hotel Normandie: The Story of an L.A. Icon


Sandi Hemmerlein

Situated only three miles in each direction from Downtown L.A. and the Miracle Mile, Koreatown has become a historic, cultural and entertainment destination, marked by the revival of architectural icons like the Hotel Normandie

Bradbury Building in Downtown L.A.

The Guide to the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles


Tanja Laden

There's a reason why one of Downtown L.A.'s most vibrant districts is called the Historic Core. Located between Hill and Main Streets and 1st and 9th Streets, this eclectic neighborhood showcases many of the things that originally put Los Angeles on the world stage, including lovely parks, ornate movie palaces and other architectural marvels. It's also where visitors can experience places that have helped contribute to L.A.'s more contemporary reputation as a food and arts destination. With no shortage of beautiful buildings, cutting-edge art galleries, trendy bars and gourmet restaurants, the Historic Core is where L.A.'s golden era meets modern times.