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Rock Benefit To Be Held at the Historic Belasco Theatre

By David Markland
Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 08:15AM
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The Belasco Theatre at 1050 S. Hill is nearing completion of renovations.

"Women Who Rock," a benefit for South L.A. women's shelter His Sheltering Arms will be held November 23rd at the Belasco Theatre, with performances by Michelle Shocked and a lineup of other California based female artists.

The event will be an unofficial preview of sorts for the historic Belasco Theatre which has yet to announce an official opening date. Sharon Dominguez, the Belasco's Director of Corporate Communications, tells blogdowntown that while the venue is nearing completion of renovations, they're hesitant to say when the doors will finally open until they have all final permits approved.

The Belasco Theatre opened in 1926 with a performance of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and continued operating as a playhouse until it fell on hard times in the 40s. Between 1950 and 1984 it operated as a church, but since then has largely been used for film shoots and other rentals.

The Women Who Rock benefit will be held in the upstairs ballroom, providing a sneak peak at the opulant design that carries throughout the entire venue, which includes a wine bar, theatre, lounge, and several other nooks.

Admission to the event is free with any donation, and a silent auction will be held to raise additional funds for the shelter. Royal Clayton's, Swill Wine Bar, Metropol, and Wurstkuche will be providing food and drinks. (more info)

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