There’s a part of Los Angeles that doesn’t feel like Los Angeles. No freeways, no palm trees and not even much sunshine, thanks to the buildings that tower over its main thoroughfare: Broadway.

It’s a strip that used to be home to the largest concentration of movie palaces in America, and fancy-pants department stores to boot.  These days it’s pretty grimy, filled with cheap jewellery stores, wedding dress shops and homeless people. But twelve of the theatres are still there. Some are shuttered up, only used for film shoots; some are episcopal Latino churches; and a couple, including the Orpheum, which we got a peek into, open for the odd film screening. They’re all still beautiful, in their shabby way.

A couple of Saturdays ago, we went on a walking tour organised by the LA Conservancy all the way down Broadway. This is some of what we saw.

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