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Orpheum Shines the Light for an Awakened Broadway

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, October 29, 2007, at 08:10AM
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This weekend provided another example of Downtown's return as the chic spot to hold an event, with the Orpheum Theatre taking a break from its concert schedule to host the third annual LA Fashion Awards. The glamour of the subject matter was a perfect fit for the majestic old theatre, and gave a sense of the potential that's possible to be realized up and down Broadway.

On the right above, Orpheum owner Steve Needleman greets his former councilman, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as he arrives at the event. Five years ago Needleman put $3.5 million dollars into the theatre's restoration, and its programming has steadily grown in stature. While there's a lot of talk about how to bring Broadway back, the Orpheum seems to have simply not been content to wait around.

Recently: Downtown News on the Orpheum's Second Act.

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