Photo Flash: JoAnne Worley, Erin Murphy and More Tour 'The Lost Broadway'
For years the downtown theatres have been closed to the public and now (with recent renovations underway) an eclectic group including Michael Learned, George Chakiris, Joanne Worley, Kate Linder, Tippi Hedren, Ilene Graff, Ben Lazarone, Dee Wallace, Romi Dames, Remi Lyons, Lee Purcell, Erin Murphy, Stanley Livingston, and celebrated artist, Andre Miripolsky, among others were allowed to go inside six or the still existing twenty-three venues, including the United Artists, Los Angeles, Palace, Tower, Warner and the Orpheum Theatres with a quick stop at the Lowes "State" theatre that is now being used as a church until their lease expires, upon which it will be restored as a performing venue. Some of these theatres have storefronts now, but the theatre themselves actually still exist, in all their dusty glory, behind them.
Among some of the many discoveries were on the tour included: artworks in the United Artists Theatre featuring founders Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin in depictions of good, while their competitors are featured on the opposite wall as evil; a hidden away image of Charlie Chaplin taking his best friend, Albert Einstein, to the Los Angeles Theatre for the opening of City Lights; LA's original and oldest Orpheum Theatre, the home theatre to Sophie Tucker, Harry Houdini and others, and much more.
Photo Credits: Bill Dow
Film crew shooting a scene out of 1945 on Broadway
Los Angeles Theatre
Theatre photo of Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin at opening of â€œCity Lightsâ€?
Tour on stage at the Los Angeles Theatre