Walking tour #5
Starting point: 3.8 miles South East of Baxter 5 (Vacation Rentals, Corporate Suites & Hotel)
Broadway Historic Theater District
The country's largest concentration of pre-World War II movie palaces now shares the stage with a vibrant shopping district dominated by Latino businesses, markets, and stalls.
1. Begin at S. Broadway and W. 3rd St. (reached via Bus #30, 31, 40, 42, 45, or 46) in LA's original farmers� market, the cavernous Grand Central Market (1; 317 S. Broadway), which has been feeding the city since 1917. Inside, a mar�velous m�lange of food, spices, fruits, and vegetables is sold and served by mostly Latino and Asian vendors. Senses sated, cross the street and feast your eyes on the architectural splendor of
2. The Bradbury Building (2; #304). Though unre�markable from the outside, its interior is a light-filled Victorian confection of ornate railings, marble, and wood. After exiting, turn left to view
3. The Million Dollar Theater (3; #307), opened by Sid Grauman in 1918. As you continue south, sights and sounds from south of the border are sum�moned by a heady mix of discount music stores booming cumbia rhythms, display windows full of frilly quincea�era dresses, and innumerable discount clothing and jewelry shops. Beyond W. 6th St., more grand theaters come into view, including the Florentine-style
4. Palace Theater (4; #630), once a major player on the vaudeville circuit, and
5. The Tower Theater (5; #802), which debuted the first talking picture: The Jazz Singer, in 1927. Others to look out for include the decadently Deco
6. Orpheum Theater (6; #842), built in 1926, and the gothic
7. United Artists Theater (7; #933). Note: Some theaters, such as
8. The Orpheum, are open for special screenings (www.laconservancy.org), while others have been converted to house everything from swap meets to church groups. Return via the same buses.