Regarded as one of the finest examples of Mid-Century Californian architecture, The Standard, Downtown LA revolutionized the concept of a business hotel and helped revitalize downtown LA. The property features a rooftop pool and bar with stunning panoramic views of LA, a Biergarten, a 24hour restaurant, SPiN Standard, and extensive business facilities.
The California Club is a private social club established in 1888 in downtown Los Angeles, the second-oldest such club in Southern California. Its building was erected in 1929 and 1930 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.HistoryThe California Club was incorporated on December 24, 1888. The first organizational meeting was held September 24, 1887, "in Justice Austin's courtroom," with N.C. Coleman as chairman and H.T. DeWilson as secretary.The constitution and bylaws of the Union Social Club, of San Francisco, was reported and accepted without any change by the body of gentlemen assembled. There was considerable discussion on the... name of the club, and... it was decided to call it the California Club, of Los Angeles. The section in the bylaws granting army and navy officers all the privileges of members upon half-rate caused considerable feeling among the members. Four votes were taken on the question, and at last it was decided to allow the bylaws to read as they have for twenty-five years in the Union Club.The club's first location was in the second-floor rooms over the Tally-Ho Stables on the northwest corner of First and Fort (Broadway) streets, where the Los Angeles County Law Library now stands. It moved to the Wilcox Building on the southeast corner of Second and Spring streets in 1895, occupying the two top floors, the fourth and fifth. The building was distinguished as the first in Los Angeles to have two elevators — one for the public and the other for members. The men's dining room, reading room, bar and lounge were on the top floor. On the floor below was the ladies' dining room.
The Bob Baker Marionettes, in addition to their live performances, have appeared in many motion pictures and on frequent television shows. They have pioneered an old form of "theater in the round" which allows the puppeteers to perform their wizardry in full view of everyone. The audiences are able to enjoy the antics and intricacies of the skilled and beautifully executed marionettes in an intimate form... all of which has become a timeless and culturally celebrated living theater for all ages.
... All of this and ice cream, too!
The Wilshire Grand Center is an upscale world-class 73-story skyscraper in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles. Plans for finished development are set for 2017 where the Wilshire Grand Center will not only boast the 900-room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel, but also cutting edge restaurants, businesses, and attractive nightlife offerings. It will be the tallest structure in the Los Angeles skyline, adding to the rich cultural and economic revival of Downtown.
REDCAT is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts in downtown Los Angeles, located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Opened in November 2003 as the initial professional presenting arm of CalArts, REDCAT has since garnered a reputation for groundbreaking theater and a worldwide arts following as a launching platform for up-and-coming local artists, and for introducing internationally acclaimed productions and exhibitions to L.A. audiences that are often premiering on the West Coast for the first time.Programs Visual Arts: Gallery at REDCAT. Past curators include Eungie Joo, Clara Kim, and Aram Moshayedi, with Ruth Estevez joining as current gallery director since November 2012. Performing Arts: New Original Works Festival, Studio series, Radar L.A. Film/Video: REDCAT International Children's Film Festival Music: CEAIT Festival Conversations CalArts at REDCAT Alpert Awards in the ArtsFacilityThe art center consists of a 3000sqft gallery space with revolving exhibitions, a 200–270-seat flexible black box theater, and a lounge cafe/bar hosting public conversations and a bookstore offering diverse art publications.
Hollywood Locations (HLC) was founded in 1989 by Brian Brosnan who, after an impressive career as a Location Manager on films such as the Academy Award – winning "Terms of Endearment" and television shows such as "Murder She Wrote", created the company to help stem the tide of productions moving away from downtown Los Angeles due to strict “no-filming” building policies and inadequate regulations. Hollywood Locations was originally based at the historic Herald Examiner building at 11th and Broadway after Mr. Brosnan successfully petitioned the Hearst Corporation into preserving the historical integrity of the building by using the site for location filming. With the experienced leadership of Mr. Brosnan and his partner Christopher Ursitti, Hollywood Locations expanded their service in 1992, when they acquired the ornate courtroom set used in the feature film, Body of Evidence, starring Madonna. In 1994, the significant revenue generated by the rental of the set inspired the partners to create the Playa Vista Sound Stages. What was once 50,000 square feet of cramped office space on the historic Hughes Aircraft property soon became a multipurpose production center. The Playa Vista Stages housed such major film projects as Batman Forever and Independence Day.
Throughout the 1990’s, Hollywood Locations continued to pioneer innovative marketing techniques such as the HLC Network, a forerunner of the computerized image database that exists on the Internet today as www.hollywoodlocations.com. This type of forward thinking led to the creation of Hollywood Locations biggest venture in 1998, a full service motion picture studio on a 20-acre campus just west of downtown called Los Angeles Center Studios (LACS) that now comprises 450,000 square feet of “Class-A” and production office space, six state-of-the-art sound stages, a backlot with numerous practical locations, and a full range of services and on-site amenities. LACS is on course to become one of the largest independent motion picture studios in the world.
Since its inception, HLC has grown to become the industry leader in film location management. Led by Brian G. Brosnan, Christopher M. Ursitti, Peter Brosnan and Ken Johnson, HLC represents 80% of the most prestigious and filmable buildings in Los Angeles that are sought after by all the major motion picture, television and commercial companies.