Turning L.A.’s Movie Palaces Into Affordable Housing

By Sean J. Miller
June 12, 2012
Back Stage


For actors in L.A. who aren’t content to just work in the theater, living in one may soon be an option. The 12 movie theaters — some call them palaces — that line the South Broadway downtown thoroughfare long ago fell into disrepair, but they may be making a comeback. The city’s namesake theater, the Los Angeles, played host to officials Tuesday announcing a major grant to help bring artists back to the area.

The funding is going to the Broadway Arts Center, a joint project between the city, the Actors Fund, CalArts, and ArtSpace. The project received a $470,000 grant from ArtPlace, a national endowment that funds “creative placemaking,” which will go toward finding a site for the proposed mixed-use development.

The idea is to develop a building that contains a blackbox theater, art gallery, commercial space, and affordable housing for actors and artists in the Historic Broadway Corridor.

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