Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Photo Essay: The Restored Regent Theater, For Those About to Rock

Everybody loves a comeback.



The latest comeback story specific to LA is The Regent Theater...



...which originally opened 100 years ago as the National Theatre, the largest theater on Main Street showing films...



...and currently the last remaining historic movie theatre on Main Street (near the current Broadway Historic District).



Eventually renamed The Regent in 1917, its current, newly opened iteration is a music performance venue...



...with a pizza restaurant and artisanal cocktail bar on either side, marked by sidewalk terrazzo reading "Los Angeles Loan & Jewelry."



There are many ceiling medallions in the lobby...



...and plaster details on the walls...



...but the ceiling plaster details in the main auditorium couldn't be saved.



The proscenium arch, however, remains...



...and has been restored.



The arches have been repainted...



...and there are brand new bars both downstairs...



...and upstairs in the new balcony...



...from which you get a good view of the sidewall details...



...and, of course, the show below.



Upstairs where the projection booth used to be...



...you can wander back to a kitchen and storage area, some bathrooms...



...the entrance to the marquee...



...where they keep their rotating cast of red letters...



...and the office, which looks out directly behind the permanent letters of the marquee...



...which are gloriously unpainted, hidden from public view.

Welcome back, The Regent! Here's to the next 100 years...

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