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LA Times Covers Gansevoort West

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, September 19, 2005, at 01:00PM

Brady had mentioned a couple months ago that the Trinity Auditorium building was going to be made over as a western branch of New York's Gansevoort Hotel. Today the LA Times business section covers the building's future. The Gansevoort West will be a trendy 170-room hotel, with quite the list of features and amenities. I think this is well located, given the upcoming LA Live! development and residential projects like Elleven and Luma.

Perhaps more interesting, though, is the rehabilitation of the auditorium.

The developers expect to hold concerts, performances and perhaps movie premieres in the triple-decked, 1,800-seat hall, decorated with the elaborate stained-glass windows and skylight that graced the original theater. Other historical details, including Italian marble and wrought-iron decorations, will be preserved as the theater and hotel are brought up to modern standards.

Downtown is positioned to have quite a few interesting performance halls in just a few years, as the new Nokia Theatre at LA Live! joins other older venues like the Orpheum and even the theatre across the street from the Hotel Figueroa (whose name escapes me).

Update (4pm): David points out in the comments that I was trying to come up with the Variety Arts Center.

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