Night on Broadway

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Night on Broadway
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UPDATE: With less than two months to go until the event, the upcoming Night on Broadway has been quietly canceled. Instead, the event has been moved to 2020, according to its website. The cancelation comes a few weeks after an FBI raid on the home and office of Councilman Jose Huizar, who spearheaded the decade-long Bringing Back Broadway initiative.


Need any more convincing that Broadway is back? How about a cultural festival spanning six of Downtown’s historic theaters and movie palaces. All of the venues will open their doors for free during Night on Broadway to host performances and installations. Outside the theaters, there’s a street festival between 3rd and Olympic with shopping pop-ups, a family-friendly kids area and a music main stage. The event celebrates the Bringing Back Broadway initiative, which, judging by the recent road diet and influx of new businesses, we’d say is going pretty well.



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Yeah sure the event is great and all or whatever but honestly screw it. You do realize people live on this street right? The constant noise of the event being put together from 5:30 in the morning (Saturday morning) until 5:00 on Sunday morning is absurd. Extremely disrespectful and just completely unacceptable.

Workers are really loud dropping metal poles at 3-5 am both late Friday night and Saturday night.


Night on Broadway is a fantastic event that sadly has gotten a little too big for its own good.  Use the evening to explore many of the historic theatres on Broadway through tours and events staged in them, as well as stroll the street itself amongst vendors of all kinds.  Inside the historic movie palaces, there will be representatives from the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation to offer information, as well as art installations and performances.  The first year it was offered, it was possible to see every theater if you got there at opening and stayed through close (except when they cut off entry to the Tower Theater/chessboxing before the event ended, despite starting two hours late).  Last year, there were lines around the block for many of them.  

If you want to do everything or simply as much as possible, go early and stay late.  Expect long waits at food trucks and maybe take this as an opportunity to make a reservation at a nearby restaurant you've been meaning to try for an early dinner instead.