The Top Restaurants Near Los Angeles Museums


Joshua Lurie

There’s a constant dialogue about whether or not food is art, and that’s a conversation that has no clear-cut resolution. However, one thing’s for sure. People who experience art in museums need sustenance before or after their excursions. L.A. Museum Season is almost here (Oct. 5 - Nov. 15), so we've rounded up 21 great dining options near museums across Los Angeles.

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Taking In the Culture of East Los Angeles


Javier Guillen

One of L.A.’s oldest neighborhoods, East Los Angeles has a lineage of culture that can be found in its shops, businesses, and community. No stranger to change, East L.A. has been the subject of recent transition. While community members have pushed to improve quality of life, they also stand on the front line protecting the neighborhood’s vibrant history and traditions. Quietly sporting some of the best restaurants (by far the best tacos), unique stores, budding businesses, and landmark locations, East L.A. is fundamental to the heritage of 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.

Ambulante California: Sept. 19 - Oct. 4, 2015


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Ambulante is a community-driven, pop up film festival that partners with local organizations to create free documentary screening events, with the aim of reflecting multicultural perspectives, sparking dialogue and sharing communal experiences. Ambulante originated in 2005 from the Mexican non-profit founded by actors and filmmakers Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz and Elena Fortes.

The non-profit Ambulante California focuses on supporting and promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural change. The mobile film series travels to areas with limited access to film to diversify and democratize documentary culture. For this year's edition, Ambulante California is traveling up and down the state, making 25 stops and presenting 28 films in a variety of public, alternative venues. Read on for highlights of Ambulante California films showing in Los Angeles. All screenings are free and open to the public.

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.

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July 2015 Lodging Metrics


Los Angeles ranked 8th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 87.7%, up +1.0% compared to the same period last year (86.9%).

News & Notes - September 2015


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L.A. Tourism welcomed nearly 700 members of the local tourism community, a record attendance, to its third annual Market Outlook Forum, where the latest travel data and trends were unveiled to members in addition to the organization's global sales and marketing plans for the upcoming year.

Members also received insight from the region's major attractions including Universal Studios Hollywood, Disney and Warner Bros. Studios during a special hour-long panel. Attendees walked away with L.A. Tourism’s proprietary Marketing and Planning Resource Guide (a $725 value) to assist in making strategic decisions for their respective businesses. This critical tool combines nearly a quarter of a million dollars of facilitated marketing & business planning and is filled with exclusive L.A. market analysis, visitor profiles, spending habits and other market data.

After this year's program, members attended a special networking reception to collectively collaborate and explore unique marketing and sales opportunities with key L.A. Tourism departments, helping to create their own L.A. success story.