The 102-year-old Globe Theater downtown came back to life last night after a renovation that city officials hope will bring nightlife back to Broadway. Councilmember José Huizar told the crowd gathered for the ribbon-cutting that owner Erik Chol performed much of the restoration work himself by climbing inside a cherry picker and “putting in sweat equity to make it just right.” The event was co-hosted by the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation.
Originally opened as an elegant playhouse called the Morosco, the space was designed by Morgan, Walls, and Clements – the architectural firm that would go on to design the Mayan, Wiltern, and El Capitan theaters. The vast hall remained a playhouse for 17 years, became a newsreel theater during the depression, and showed movies from 1941-1986. A swap meet conversion after that did some major aesthetic damage that Chol’s team has turned around nicely.
Last night’s opening was all bottle service and cirque performers, but the theater’s website promises “Artists, actors, and acrobats” in the “magical space” which will also be available to rent for “high-end clubbing, fashion shows, filming, corporate/private events, live concerts, birthdays, and charity events.”
So who knows what event you’ll have to cross the velvet rope for? If you get a chance to visit, it is a beautiful space that’s been greatly improved. Hopefully the next grand opening on Broadway will be for Clifton’s Cafeteria.
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