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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