Globe Theatre [Morosco Theatre], Garland Building, 744 S. Broadway. 1912

I am fascinated by the man standing in the middle of the doorway with the blue jeans and black jacket. Why is he just standing there?

Globe Theatre [Morosco Theatre], Garland Building, 744 S. Broadway. 1912

Opened in 1913 by Oliver Morosco, this theater was Los Angeles’ first dramatic playhouse. In the 1930s the theatre primarily showed newsreels but by 1958 it became a venue for Spanish-language programming. During that period of its history, a Mexican wax museum was opened in the basement. Today the floor from the lobby to the stage has been filled in with concrete to support an indoor swap meet.

Pantages / Warner 401 W. Seventh Street. B. 1920. Marcus Priteca, architect

Pantages / Warner 401 W. Seventh Street. B. 1920. Marcus Priteca, architect

Originally the second Pantages theatre, then a Warner theatre, now part of the Jewelry District in downtown Los Angeles.

I’m still working on digging up more history of this theater, for now, just enjoy this little slice of life in downtown Los Angeles.

The Egyptian Theatre – 1921

The Egyptian. 6712 Hollywood Blvd. 1921. Meyer & Holler, architects
The first of Sid Grauman’s Hollywood Boulevard theatres, the Egyptian’s styling was the result of the American fascination with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1920. The theatre opened in 1922 with the premiere of Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

Los Angeles – Yesterday’s Places Today
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The Book is Out! Los Angeles – Yesterday’s Places Today

The book is out! The Book Is Out! THE BOOK IS OUT!

Well, I’m pretty excited about my first photo essay book Los Angeles – Yesterday’s Places Today. It is available at Blurb.com and I am selling it at cost.

You can also buy single prints at inancy at Smugmug or see a preview of some of the images on my Flickr site.

Here is the foreward which will tell you more about the book.

Foreward

Nearly a century since its beginnings, Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs are still dotted with historic reminders of the city’s early 20th century emergence as a modern metropolis with lavish theatres and grand buildings in a variety of architectural styles ranging from Beaux-Arts to Neo-Gothic to Art-Deco. The images presented here illustrate our modern 21st century life integrated among these vestiges from the past and covers the areas of Los Angeles’ South Broadway Theatre District, Hollywood Boulevard, and Santa Monica.

While compiling this collection, I became fascinated with the political, sociological, and economic factors that spurred the growth of this pueblo outpost located nearly twenty-five-hundred miles from New York City. During the process of research and preparation, I relinquished all notions of turning this volume into a history book. The images collected here present neither a comprehensive account of the Los Angeles area nor are they presented in a documentary style. A documentary photographer would aim for a perspective-perfect architectural rendering with few human distractions. Instead, I have exploited these beautiful historic buildings as the backdrop for a glimpse into our 21st-century life and way of thinking. I have stretched the perspectives and captured the pulse of life on the street as it intermingles among these aging structures. My simple wish is to capture some poignant images of historic Los Angeles in its current 21st-century context. The majority of these images were taken over a short period during the Spring of 2008.