Say Goodbye to the 6th Street Bridge

The 6th Street Bridge (aka 6th Street Viaduct) is a well known and much beloved structure spanning the Los Angeles River that connects Boyle Heights to the east and the burgeoning Arts District of Downtown LA to the west. Built in 1932 and constructed of concrete, the bridge is seismically vulnerable due to a rare chemical […]

Regency Village Theater Makes Movie Going Special

Last night I saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at the Regency’s Village Theater in Westwood. I enjoyed the film more than I expected, but what I really loved was the entire cinema experience. That theater is awesome! It has a huge screen, over 1300 seats to choose from, well appointed lobby, nice bathrooms, great […]

L.A. Conservancy Offers Rare Glimpse into Historic Garden Apartments

The “mansionization” of Los Angeles and other southland communities has frustrated and angered many residents over the years, as new, large homes replace smaller ones on modest lots, blocking light and views and towering over their neighbors. There was a time in the not too distant past, however, when L.A. saw a completely different type […]

Touring Historic Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills

Robinson Gardens, a six and a half acre estate situated on a knoll behind the Beverly Hills Hotel, has been on my “Must See” list for many years. I just never seemed to get there – until two weeks ago. I’m pleased to report it was well worth the wait. My wife and 12-year-old son […]

Obscura Society LA: Rare Books Galore at the William Andrews Clark Library

Obscura Society LA and Field Agent Robert Hemedes have organized a private, docent led tour of one of my favorite literary treasures in southern California – the William Andrews Clark Library. As I wrote in my blog post about the library back in October of 2010, “the library is managed by UCLA’s Center for 17th- and […]

Last Remaining Seats – Classic Films in Historic Theaters


Today the LA Conservancy begins selling tickets to its members for the 26th Annual installment of Last Remaining Seats (LRS), the hugely popular festival that brings classic films and live entertainment to historic theaters in the LA area. I’ve attended this event in the past and always had a great time. Not only do you have the opportunity to watch wonderful films on the big screen, but you’ll experience them in some of the most beautiful movie palaces ever built in this country.

LA Conservancy’s 2011 Holiday Matinee – 
Miracle on 34th Street


To help usher in the holidays, the Los Angeles Conservancy is sponsoring its sixth annual holiday film matinee. This year, you can bring the entire family to see Miracle on 34th Street (1947), starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood.