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11 theatres in Downtown L.A.

11 theatres in downtown LA

Are you planning a visit to Los Angeles? Considering visiting its downtown / civic center area? Do you like to check out the local art scene in the city’s theatres? In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Downtown L.A., we came across a lot of information. Some we use exclusively in the actual scavenger hunt, but other we’d like to share with you.

As part of that research, we came across many theatres. You can see these theatres as you do the scavenger hunt. To enumerate, here are 11 theatres in Downtown L.A.

11 theatres in Downtown L.A.

  1. Mark Taper Forum

    • In the Los Angeles Music Center, and to the left of the Ahmanson Theatre is the Mark Taper Forum.
    • Contemporary Tony-Award winning plays present take the stage here. It opened in 1967 and is named for a real estate developer/philanthropist.
  2. Ahmanson Theatre

    • On the far right of the Los Angeles Music Center, on N.Grand Ave. is the Ahmanson Theatre.
    • This is where Broadway musicals are put on. It is named for the second wife of Howard F. Ahmanson, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, who founded this theater through a significant donation. It opened in 1967.
  3. Downtown Independent

    • This theatre is a stylish venue showcasing underground & indie cinema, with stadium seating & craft beers on tap.
    • It is located at 251 S Main St.
  4. Los Angeles Theatre

    • This is a dazzling, French baroque-style movie palace from 1931, preserved & available for special events. It is located at 615 S Broadway.

  5. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    • Also in the Los Angeles Music Center, and to the left of the Mark Taper Forum, is where the L.A.’s opera house.
    • Opened in 1964 and named for Dorothy Buffum Chandler, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion houses the Los Angeles Philharmonic and opera companies.
  6. Palace Theatre

    • Another historical, multi-level 1,000-seat theater featuring concerts, movies & other events. It is located at 630 S Broadway.

  7. Walt Disney Concert Hall

    • This building is an architectural marvel. It opened in 2003 and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
    • A visit to the Walt Disney Concert Hall is free and very much worth your time.
    • When the steel walls were initially installed, light reflecting off them heated up the nearby sidewalk to 140 degrees Fahrenheit! Since then, their surface has tarnished just enough to the panels to no longer affect the surrounding temperature.
  8. The Los Angeles Theatre Center

    • Located at 514 S Spring St, this performing arts center showcases theater, dance & music that celebrate cultural diversity.
  9. Million Dollar Theatre

    Million Dollar Theatre

    • Built in 1918, this venue boasts an elaborate Spanish rococo arched facade & a massive auditorium.
    • It is located next to the Grand Central Market, across S Broadway from the Bradbury Building.
  10. Globe Theatre

    • This old-school movie palace hosts music concerts & dance party nights in an elegant interior. You’ll find it at 740 S Broadway.
  11. Aratani Theatre

    • Located in Japantown at 244 S San Pedro St, this is an 880-seat, medium-sized theatre with a custom designed Bose® RoomMatch® sound system and a warm, intimate ambiance. It opened in 1983.

We invite you to try our Downtown L.A. Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the downtown core of Los Angeles you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your entire group. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing the sights and hidden gems you might have missed otherwise. All this while completing challenges and learning about Downtown L.A.’s history.

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6 museums in Downtown L.A.

6 museums in downtown LA

Are you planning a visit to Los Angeles? Considering visiting its downtown / civic center area? Are you the type to check out a city’s museums? In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Downtown L.A., we came across a lot of information. Some we use exclusively in the actual scavenger hunt, but other we’d like to share with you.

As part of that research, we came across many museums. You can see these museums as you do the scavenger hunt. To enumerate, here are 6 museums in Downtown L.A.

6 museums in Downtown L.A.

  1. the broadThe Broad

    • The Broad is a contemporary and modern art museum. It is named for philanthropist Eli Broad who financed the $140M building which houses these collections.
    • It is located on Grand Ave. next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
  2. MOCAMOCA

    • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) ‘s collection and touring exhibits feature work created since 1940.
    • MOCA also has another branch downtown, the Geffen Contemporary at 152 North Central Avenue in Little Tokyo, and a branch at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
  3. Wells Fargo History Museum

    • Located at 333 S Grand Ave, this museum traces the history of Wells Fargo, an important Bank in America. It covers everything significant from its founding in 1852 to their stagecoach service, art, and archives of all kinds.
  4. Japanese American National Museum

    • Located at 100 N Central Ave, this museum is full of historical exhibits exploring over 130 years of the Japanese-American experience.
  5. The Main Museum of Los Angeles

    • This museum opened in 2016 and still has sections under contraction. Until it is completed it actually goes by the name “Beta Main”. It is a site for testing and learning in anticipation of the creation of The Main.
    • It is located at 114 W 4th
  6. Grammy Museum L.A. Live

    • A little outside the downtown core at 800 W Olympic Blvd, the Grammy Museum presents interactive exhibits & showbiz artifacts honoring music greats past & present.

We invite you to try our Downtown L.A. Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the downtown core of Los Angeles you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your entire group. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing the sights and hidden gems you might have missed otherwise. All this while completing challenges and learning about Downtown L.A.’s history.

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7 plazas & parks in Downtown L.A.

7 plazas & pars in downtown LA

Are you planning a visit to Los Angeles? Considering visiting its downtown / civic center area? Do you like seeing the parks a city has to offer? In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Downtown L.A., we came across a lot of information. Some we use exclusively in the actual scavenger hunt, but other we’d like to share with you.

As part of that research, we came across many beautiful parks and plazas where you can relax and take in some greenery while also viewing the city’s architecture. You can see many of these plazas and parks as you do the scavenger hunt. To enumerate, here are 7 plazas & parks in Downtown L.A.

7 plazas & parks in Downtown L.A.

  1. Placita de DoloresPlacita de Dolores

    • Placita de Dolores is across Alameda St. from Union Station. Within this small park is a large bronze statue of Antonio Aguilar.
    • Antonio Aguilar was a Mexican singer and songwriter. He also acted in quite a few films in Mexico which drew Hollywood’s attention.
  2. Father Serra Park

    • This small park is across N.Los Angeles St from Placita de Dolores, across N.Alameda St from Union Station as well.
    • This park is named for Father Junipero Serra, founder of the California mission system and the first 9 of 21 missions. He first visited the area in 1782.
    • It sits atop the original Lugo Adobe, home of one of the great ranchero families in El Pueblo. They were one of the wealthiest families in Southern California during the 1850s. The adobe was demolished in 1951.
  3. Los Angeles Plaza ParkLos Angeles Plaza Park

    • This plaza, across Alameda St from Union Station, is the central point of the city’s historical district. From here you can walk down Calle Olvera, the very first street established in Los Angeles which still has one of the very first homes, or adobes still standing.
    • The Plaza is full of statues and plaques, commemorating the city’s pioneers and founders. A gazebo stands in the center. You’ll find many street vendors here.
  4. grand parkGrand Park

    • This aptly named “grand park” slopes upwards of 3 city blocks from L.A.’s city hall. At the very top is the performing arts district. Public restrooms can be found throughout the park.
    • Grand Park is a 12-acre park in the civic center of Los Angeles. It opened in 2012 and is the central part of the Grand Avenue Project. Surrounding the Grand Avenue Project are Los Angeles’ city hall, city administration buildings, courts of justice, musical and theatrical venues as well as libraries.
    • There are tunnels running underneath Grand Park and across major areas of Los Angeles? They are used to transport people from one courthouse to the next, move money and have also been used to move bottles of prohibition era booze.
  5. California Plaza

    • This exterior urban space is nestled behind the AECOM tower at 350 S. Grand Ave.
    • Here you can see free concerts on the weekends during the summer.
  6. angels flightAngels Flight

    • Angels Flight Stairs and Tram is located between Hill Street at the bottom and Grand Ave. It is behind the AECOM tower and the California Plaza. Its top is actually above Olive St which runs on a level below.
    • You can either take the tram or take the stairs, up or down. The tram costs less than $1 per rider. The stairs take a good 5 minutes to go down, closer to 10 going up.
    • At 328 feet long, it is one of the shortest incorporated railways in the world. It is also a 69 feet difference from top to bottom.
  7. Maguire Gardens

    • These gardens are adjacent to the Central Library on S.Flower St at W.5th You will find numerous trees, fountains, and benches for a relaxing time.

We invite you to try our Downtown L.A. Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the downtown core of Los Angeles you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your entire group. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing the sights and hidden gems you might have missed otherwise. All this while completing challenges and learning about Downtown L.A.’s history.

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6 iconic buildings in Downtown L.A.

6 iconic buildings in downtown LA

Are you planning a visit to Los Angeles? Considering visiting its downtown / civic center area? In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Downtown L.A., we came across a lot of information. Some we use exclusively in the actual scavenger hunt, but other we’d like to share with you.

As part of that research, we came across many iconic buildings you’d readily identify as “Los Angeles”. You can see these buildings as you do the scavenger hunt. To enumerate, here are 6 iconic buildings in Downtown L.A.

6 iconic buildings in Downtown L.A.

  1. Union Station Union Station

    • Located at 800 N. Alameda St., Union Station is Los Angeles’ is the main railway station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It opened in 1939. Union Station not only services Amtrak but local Metrolink commuter trains and several Metro rail subway lines. It is located steps away from this historical city center, where Los Angeles was but a town way back when.
  2. Walt Disney Concert HallWalt Disney Concert Hall

    • This building is an architectural marvel. It opened in 2003 and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
    • A visit to the Walt Disney Concert Hall is free and very much worth your time.
    • When the steel walls were initially installed, light reflecting off them heated up the nearby sidewalk to 140 degrees Fahrenheit! Since then, their surface has tarnished just enough to the panels to no longer affect the surrounding temperature.
  3. OUE Skyscape

    • OUE Skyspace is the highest observation platform in the city of angles. And that is across the 5th street from the exquisite Central Library.
  4. Central Library

    • Located on 5th street, across from the OUE Skyscape, the Central Library is an architectural beauty. The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city’s diverse communities.
  5. Bradbury BuildingBradbury Building

    • From the exterior, the building at 304 S.Broadway isn’t very impressive. The Million Dollar Theatre at the Grand Central Market across the street is much more significant architecturally.
    • However, stepping inside the Bradbury Building lets one discover its steampunk ironwork and wood-paneled interior. It was inspired by a science fiction book and built in 1893. The ground floor is easily accessible. However, beyond that, access is restricted.
  6. Los Angeles City Hall

    • Built in 1928, Los Angeles’ City Hall was the tallest building in the city until the 1960s.
    • Entrance is free, bt there are metal detectors. You can explore on your own with the self-guided tour materials available at the information desk on the 3rd Floor. We encourage you to see the observation deck on the 27th floor for a wonderful view of the surrounding area.

We invite you to try our Downtown L.A. Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the downtown core of Los Angeles you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your entire group. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing the sights and hidden gems you might have missed otherwise. All this while completing challenges and learning about Downtown L.A.’s history.

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5 museums in L.A.’s historical district

5 museums in L.A.’s historical district

Are you planning a visit to Los Angeles? Considering visiting its historical district? In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Downtown L.A., we came across a lot of information. Some we use exclusively in the actual scavenger hunt, which starts in the historical district, but other we’d like to share with you.

As part of that research, we came across many museums. You can see these museums as you do the scavenger hunt. To enumerate, here are 5 museums in L.A.’s historical district.

5 museums in L.A.’s historical district

  1. Chinese American Museum

    • The Chinese American Museum opened in 2003. Outstandingly, it took 20 years to make this museum happen.
    • It finds itself in Los Angeles Plaza Park, or El Pueblo. It is in fact very near Union Station.
  2. L.A. Plaza de Cultural y Artes

    • This museum presents exhibits dedicated to Mexican-American culture.
    • It is also located in Los Angeles Plaza Park, or the Pueblo, near Union Station.
  3. America Tropical Interpretive ExhibitAmérica Tropical Interpretive Exhibit

    • Located on Calle Olvera, in the very heart of L.A.’s historic center, this museum is a part of the Getty Conservation Institute. Its exhibits explore the mural in its different contexts. It stands as an important document in the history of Los Angeles, as a political statement on the time in which it was created. Further, it represents a monument of the Mexican mural movement of the twentieth century, and for its significant influence on mural artists in Los Angeles.
  4. Sepulveda House Museum

    • The Sepulveda House Museum finds itself on Calle Olvera, in the very heart of L.A.’s historic center. This 22-room Victorian house opened in 1887 in the East lake style. In fact, the original structure included two commercial businesses and three residences. Here you can tour the house in its original decor.
  5. Avila Adobe

    Avila Adobe

    • This museum was once a lived-in adobe, built in 1818. Admission is free, and it is open daily from 9 am through to 4 pm most of the year.
    • Around the interior of Avila Adobe are several rooms depicting life in the early 1800s here. Also, you will also find a number of wall plaques outlining the history of this place.
    • Don Francisco Avila and Maria del Rosario Verdugo, husband and wife, married in 1808, established Avila Adobe in 1818 and lived here until their deaths.

We invite you to try our Downtown L.A. Tourist Scavenger Hunt. Indeed, it is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the downtown core of Los Angeles you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your entire group. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing the sights and hidden gems you might have missed otherwise. All this while completing challenges and learning about Downtown L.A.’s history.

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5 film locations in Downtown L.A.

5 film locations in Downtown LA

Are you planning a visit to Los Angeles? Considering visiting the downtown / civic center area? Do you like seeing film locations when you visit? In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Downtown L.A., we came across a lot of information. Some we use exclusively in the actual scavenger hunt, but other we’d like to share with you.

As part of that research, we came across many locations where film and television series have been shot publicly. You can see these locations as you do the scavenger hunt. To enumerate, here are 5 film locations in Downtown L.A.

5 film locations in Downtown L.A.

  1. Union StationUnion Station

    • Located at 800 N. Alameda St., Union Station is Los Angeles’ is the main railway station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. Union Station opened in 1939. It not only services Amtrak but local Metrolink commuter trains and several Metro rail subway lines. It is located steps away from this historical city center, where Los Angeles was but a town way back when.
    • A number of films and TV series have significant scenes shot here at Union Station : The Dark Knight Rises, Blade Runner, Pearl Harbor, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Mentalist, Catch Me If You Can, Charlie’s Angel: Full Throttle, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Drag Me To Hell, 24, The Replacement Killers and X-Man 2.

  2. Pico House

    • Located across the street from Union Station around Los Angeles Plaza Park, Pico House served in the TV show The Mentalist. Built by the last Mexican Governor of Alta California before the end of the American-Mexican War, this historical landmark opened in 1869. The Pico House dates back to LA’s days as a small town in Southern California.

  3. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

    • This building, behind the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Mark Taper Forum, has been featured in many films and television shows among which are Chinatown (1974) and Inception (2010).

  4. Bradbury Building

    • The Bradbury building at 304 S.Broadway isn’t very impressive on the outside. However, stepping inside the Bradbury Building lets one discover its steampunk ironwork and wood-paneled interior. Inspired by a science fiction book, construction ended in 1893. The ground floor is easily accessible. However, beyond that, access is restricted.
    • The interior has played a role in many films over the years, including some science fiction: Blade Runner (1982), Chinatown (1974), Wolf (1994), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Pay It Forward (200) and The Artist (2011). It has also played a central role in many television series among which include Mission Impossible (1966-73), Quantum Leap (1989), Pushing Daisies (2007), CSI NY (2010).
    • Many music videos for Heart, Janet Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, and Genesis also feature this unique architecture.

  5. Los Angeles City Hall

    • Built in 1928, Los Angeles’ City Hall was the tallest building in the city until the 1960s.
    • Entrance is free, but there are metal detectors. You can explore on your own with the self-guided tour materials available at the information desk on the 3rd Floor. We encourage you to see the observation deck on the 27th floor for a wonderful view of the surrounding area.
    • The iconic City Hall tower has appeared as itself and stood in for other locations in dozens of TV shows and movies such as Dragnet, Gattaca, X2, The Bodyguard, Torchwood, The West Wing, Beverly Hills Cop, L.A. Confidential, Eraser, The Green Hornet, Barto, Fink, and Speed.

We invite you to try our Downtown L.A. Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the downtown core of Los Angeles you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your entire group. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing the sights and hidden gems you might have missed otherwise. All this while completing challenges and learning about Downtown L.A.’s history.