Los Angeles Theatre, Sale de Cinema
The Los Angeles Theatre was the last of the great movie palaces built on Broadway and is one of the most accessible today, but really it should stand in here for a stroll down the length of Broadway through the Historic Core (roughly from Third Street, at Grand Central Market, to Olympic).
Among the Urban Outfitters and Umami Burgers and Ace Hotels, you’ll find the famously intricate Bradbury Building and a collection of grand movie theaters built in the years leading up to the Depression, some repurposed (that Urban Outfitters was a Rialto), some shuttered or converted to lesser uses, some on the verge of rehabilitation, and some back to their handsome old ways (the United Artists Theatre at the Ace).
The city’s also begun dedicating a little more of the street to pedestrians, with wider sidewalks and tables and chairs, so it’s a nice stretch of Downtown to hang out in
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Walt Disney, Un Centre de Concert
The Frank Gehry masterpiece really is that striking and the Yasuhisa Toyota acoustics really do sound that good. Explore the building’s exterior folds from the sidewalk or the little-known but very nice second-level park (a.k.a. the Blue Ribbon Garden).
If you can swing it, treat yourself to LA Phil tickets to see the interiors; if you’re broke, get a glass of wine or a coffee at the cafe inside and enjoy it on the street-level outdoor dining area along Grand Avenue.
7 The Broad Museum
Though it just celebrated its one-year anniversary in September, The Broad Museum atop Bunker Hill in Downtown has definitely made itself an indispensable part of Los Angeles’s cultural landscape.
Within the confines of the honeycomb-covered building by Diller Scofido + Renfro, guests to the Broad will find contemporary art galore from the likes of Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Barbara Kruger, John Baldessari, Kara Walker, Jeff Koons, and Jasper Johns. There’s also the infinitely Instagramable piece by Yayoi Kusama entitled “Infinity Mirrored Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away,” which requires separate reservations to enter; guests can make that reservation once they’re inside the museum.
The Broad is open daily except Monday, and entrance is free. The easiest way to get in is to reserve tickets online in advance, but there’s also on-site standby line for those who like to live spontaneously.