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Inner Passage Part 2

Theater Beauty
Theater Beauty



There’s so much to see and do on the MTA Line #42—there had to be an Inner Passage Part 2.



Broadway St.

you can see many of the old and original buildings that were a part of the early beginnings of
Los Angeles. The section on Broadway from
King Blvd.

Pico Blvd.

is mostly industrial. Many wholesale and designer’s businesses are along this area. The southern portion of
Broadway St.

, in the heart of the theater district, is a large commercial trade area for some of LA’s Hispanic community.

Your first tour attraction is the LA Mart located at 1933 S. Broadway to the left (on the west side of the street). You will know that you have arrived when you see the gigantic chair that sits in their parking lot.; Across from the LA Mart, approximately one block to the east, is the Sports LA Museum. Located at

1900 S. Main St.

(Main and
), the museum opened in November 2008 for a brief period of time; however, it is now closed to the public.  The museum is available for groups, private tours and other event type functions.; On the southwest corner of 11th & Broadway is the building that was the former home to one of LA’s major newspapers. The Los Angeles Herald Examiner shut down the printing presses in1989 leaving the Los Angeles Times as the main newspaper in the city of
Los Angeles

The Theater District

Be prepared to step back in time. This seven block area on

Broadway St.

called the theater district is an architectural dream. The theaters line both sides of the street.  Because it’s almost impossible to see and appreciate each building from your public transit tour, click on the individual theaters listed below to see what you may have missed during the physical tour.  The odd numbered buildings are located on the west side and the even numbers are on the east side.  Sprinkled among these theaters are other buildings and businesses of interest. 

UA Theater—933 S. Broadway  

Eastern Columbia Building849 S. Broadway—this beautiful turquoise colored treasure (now home to luxury condos) stands out among its neighbors.

The Orpheum Theater—842 S. Broadway

The Rialto Theater—812 S. Broadway

The Tower Theater—802 S. Broadway

The State Theater—703 S. Broadway

The Globe Theater—744  S. Broadway

Clifton’s Cafeteria648 S. Broadway—you might want to stop here for a meal.  This multi-level facility offers a large variety of home style cooking.

The Palace Theater—630 S. Broadway

The Los Angeles Theater—615 S. Broadway

The Arcade Theater—534 S. Broadway

The Cameo Theater—528 S. Broadway

The Roxie Theater—518 S. Broadway

The Grand Central Market—317 S. Broadway.  LA’s oldest and largest open-air market.  

The Bradbury Building—304 Broadway—a commercial office building on the southeast corner of 3rd and Broadway is a must see. If you haven’t done so already, (some of you probably exited this tour back at
’s Cafeteria), this is a good location to jump off your tour and go inside for a peek.

The Million Dollar Theater—307 S. Broadway

Hosfield Bvilding—240, 242, 244 Broadway (And no, the “v” in the word building is not a typing error.) This building was originally used as an annex to the old City Hall building.

At Broadway and 1st on the southeast side of the street is the LA Times newspaper building.; At 1st and Main on the northeast corner stands a multi-level street sign featuring the “Sister Cities” of Los Angeles.; Are you visiting from Bordeaux, France? If so, you are 5,742 miles from home. Do you live in one of LA’s Sister Cities?; Located at

120 Judge John Aiso St.

between 1st and Temple in Little Tokyo is the
UnionCenter for the Arts. Look to the right at the intersection of Temple and
to catch a glimpse of The Geffen Contemporary @ MOCA. Your tour ends at the front entrance to Union Station.  Across from this landmark building on the west side of the street is
Olvera St.

(the “first” street in LA).    


To truly appreciate the beauty of this architecturally rich street, walk over to the northwest corner of 3rd and Broadway after you’ve explored the inner structure of the Bradbury Building and position yourself near the southbound bus stop (in front of the wedding chapel). Now step over close to the edge of the sidewalk, (be careful and watch out for fast moving southbound vehicles; so, don’t step too close to the edge), and look south down Broadway.  Not until you see this view of this magnificent street will you truly appreciate the architecture.  Every building comes into view to take you back in time to its early beginning. Wow!!! Don’t be surprised if you get goose bumps.

Contact the Los Angeles Conservancy for any tours involving this street and for more general information about their efforts to preserve the historical sites in
Los Angeles
and its surrounding communities. 


For more information:

 Most of the tours in this series start at the LAX transit center because it is somewhat centrally located and the number of public transit systems which connect directly and indirectly are plentiful; therefore, this series uses mostly LAX’s  public transit center as its hub point.  Downtown LA is also another favorite hub point.  From LAX and Downtown LA, you can get to almost anywhere in the state of
whether it is by plane, commercial bus, train or city bus transit.

 Disclaimer: This information is subject to change without notice. 


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 The answer to trivia question #8 from the article Trivia…….public transit style is: E. none of the above.  January is the least popular month for weddings.


Happy experiencing “firsts”!


“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to”.  Alan Keightley



  • Suzanne Siney 5 years ago

    Once again, Brenda, it is so well-written and research. Much appreciated information for sure!

  • Georgia 5 years ago

    I never knew there were so many theaters on Broadway, and I worked downtown L.A. for many years, a "stone's throw" away from Broadway Street. This is awesome information; however, I do remember the Bradbury building; my dentist office (many years ago) was in that bldg., and walking into the bldg was always a delightful experience, not to see the dentist, of course, but just enjoying the sheer beauty of the bldg. Thank you for awakening my lackadasical memory, and helping me to realize my mind is still capable of, and needs to continue absorbing new information on a daily basis. You're good! Keep the info coming.

  • Vernita 5 years ago

    Wow, this article brought back memories. I recall going to Clifton's with my grandmother and a Saturday afternoon shopping workout! Also, I recall catching the bus w/ my friends and going to the movies downtown.

    Boy those were the good ole days!

  • Jamia 5 years ago

    Brenda...gee, you're sucha Great Tour Guide. As you describe, I visualize...and a youngster going to Cliftons to eat with my Mother and Grandmother. The food was so good.

    Another how Beautiful the architechure of the Theaters were, even back then. The Craftsmen took much Pride in their work, and it showed.

    I would like to take a little bus ride, and do a little walking through the area.

    While working in the downtown area some years ago, you could see the decline in the buildings...but there is an attempt to 'Revitalize' all over.

  • Nancy 4 years ago

    Awesome information! Thank you for your dedication.