Monday, January 26, 2009

All About the Globe-Morosco Theatre

From the L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF):

Saturday, February 7, 10:30 am. Doors open at 10:00 am.
744 S. Broadway at 8th Street. Enter from 8th St. rear alley.

The event is free and open to the general public.

Join us after the event for lunch at Clifton’s Cafeteria.

The Morosco Theatre, designed by Morgan, Walls, & Morgan and Alfred Rosenheim, opened on January 6, 1913, bringing full length dramatic productions to LA’s Broadway. Two of the greatest names in American theatre were involved in building and operating the theatre – Oliver Morosco and the Belasco family. In the Depression, the 1400 seat theatre was renamed the President, then switched from stage productions to movies and newsreels. Eddie Cantor and Earl Carroll were associated with the Morosco early in their careers. The Globe name was added in 1947. A brutal conversion to retail space in 1987 ended the theatre’s 74 year run. Club 740 now utilizes the theatre as a very successful nightclub. Under Ralph Verdugo’s direction, many areas of the theatre have been renovated and upgraded.

Learn more about Oliver Morosco, Belasco and Henry Duffy and Broadway’s first legit house (1913) in a presentation by theatre historian and activist Ed Kelsey.

Tour the far reaches of this unique theatre – from the boiler room to the projection booth, from backstage to the balcony. Discover hidden treasures covered by later renovations. Learn how adaptive re-use gave a new life to this amazing theatre.

Hear what the future holds for this incredible theatre from the visionaries who are making it happen.

Activate and Advocate – You can become an important player in saving and using Southern California’s historic theatres. Find out how by attending.

Many people are fascinated by the architecture of fantasy so beautifully on display in Southern California’s great historic theatres. People are also curious about how the theatres work. What does it look like backstage? What do the performers see when they look out across the footlights? Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation's "All About" series gives the public an insider's look at these wonderful theatres and share parts of their histories - good and bad - as a way to encourage people to become actively involved in protecting and ensuring their futures.
The LAHTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring and supporting the operation of Southern California’s historic theatres. For more information visit .

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