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The Bradbury Building

July 12, 2013 — 3 Comments

The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in downtown Los Angeles and one of Southern California’s most remarkable architectural achievements. Built in 1893, its plan was commissioned by real estate and mining entrepreneur Louis L. Bradbury who decided to build it just a few blocks from his home on fashionable Bunker Hill and not far from the base of Angels Flight.

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After rejecting a plan submitted by Sumner P. Hunt, Bradbury approached junior draftsman George Wyman. Wyman is said to have accepted the commission after consulting a Ouija board. Wyman was influenced by Edward Bellamy’s 1887 book that described a utopian civilization in the year 2000. The typical office building was described as being a “vast hall of light received not alone by the windows, but from a dome overhead.”

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The building features an Italian Renaissance Revival-style exterior facade of brown brick, sandstone, and panels of terra-cotta details, in the “commercial Romanesque Revival” that was the current idiom in East Coast American cities. But the magnificence of the building is the interior: reached through the entrance, with its low ceiling and minimal light, it opens into a bright naturally lit great center court.

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The five-story central court features glazed brick, ornamental cast iron, tiling, rich marble, and polished wood, capped by a skylight that allows the court to be flooded with natural rather than artificial light, creating ever-changing shadows and accents during the day. Cage elevators surrounded by wrought-iron grill work go up to the fifth floor. Geometric patterned staircases and wrought-iron railings are used abundantly throughout. The wrought-iron was created in France and displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair before being installed in the building. Freestanding mail-chutes also feature ironwork.

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In the true spirit of Los Angles, it has been featured in many movies and TV series. The building has been featured in many films like “Blade Runner,” “Double Indemnity,” “Marlowe,” “D.O.A.,” “Chinatown,” “Wolf,” and “Lethal Weapon 4” and TV shows “City of Angels,” “The Outer Limits,” and “Banyon.”

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When exiting the Bradbury Building, be sure to look for the Victor Clothing Co. mural on the opposite side of 3rd Street. It shows Anthony Quinn cavorting for his favorite clothing line.

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WHAT: The Bradbury Building
WHEN: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday | Closed Saturday and Sunday 
WHERE: 304 Broadway | Los Angeles, CA 90013

CONTACT INFO: (213) 626-1893

SOCIAL MEDIA: Yelp

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Cinespia and The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation present a one night only screening of Blade Runner in the location where it was filmed. Blade Runner has become the quintessential Los Angeles film, despotic and dreamily beautiful, it shows downtown in all its faded glory. It has also become the gold standard for science fiction cinema, and its breathtaking vision is timeless.

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Opened in 1918, The Million Dollar is described as a Spanish cathedral set in a Greek Temple. The interior is full of lush colors, original art works, and gorgeous, ornate decorations. The Million Dollar features prominently in the film, this is your chance to see with your own eyes the inside of one of our historical treasures.

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Withdrawn from theatrical release, Cinespia and the LAHTF present this rare opportunity to see Blade Runner in glorious 35mm on the Million Dollar‘s big screen by special arrangement with the Chartwell Partners. Proceeds will be applied to restoring the Million Dollar name to the marquee.

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Sid Grauman‘s first major theatre was named Grauman’s Theatre when it opened on February 1, 1918 with William S. Hart in “The Silent Man” Following the hype over its price tag, it soon became known as Grauman’s Million Dollar Theatre, although it was not officially named this until 1922. The auditorium was built behind the twelve story Edison office building, the exterior is a magnificent example, of a variation of Spanish Rococo style, known as Churrigueresque. Deeply molded features decorate the theatre entrance and higher up on the facade are heroic figures of the arts, with symbols of western Americana, such as bison head, eagles, and longhorn steer skulls, all the work of sculptor Joseph Mora.

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WHAT: Blade Runner At The Million Dollar Theatre 
WHEN: 
Saturday, March 23, 2013 | Doors 7:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm
WHERE: 
The Million Dollar Theatre | 307 South Broadway | Los Angeles, CA 90013

DETAILS:

  • 21 and over
  • Full bar

CONTACT INFO: (323) 221-3343 or cinespia@earthlink.net

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | Yelp

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