Chinatown Central Plaza

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Photograph: Courtesy Chinatown Business Improvement District
Chinatown Central Plaza.
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When Chinatown relocated to its current location in the 1930s, the Central Plaza was to be the neighborhood's vibrant hub of activity. And while the neighborhood isn't quite as bustling as it once was, the neon-drenched square still attracts tourists and locals alike with its shops, restaurants and events such as KCRW's Summer Nights. Local lore often traces the look of the area back to Cecil B. DeMille, but it was in fact designed by the resident Chinese community. There was, however, a Hollywood-backed (and highly orientalist) competitor named China City that burned down in the '40s.

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Venue name: Chinatown Central Plaza
Address: 943 N Broadway
Los Angeles

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