Velaslavasay Panorama: Revitalizing Lost Art

This historic theater, about a stones throw from USC harkens to the good days of technology, when a movie theater was a hand crank image or a 360 degree painting. That is exactly what this old theater showcases.

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  • $6 dollar suggested donation
  • Hours: Fri, Sat, Sun- Noon to 6PM

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From the exterior this looks like an old 1950s theater and when you walk in the ticket area looks like that as well.

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You can instantly see the history that they have on display with the hand crank picture and the old theater posters. There are three main areas to check out here: the panorama, the theater and the gardens.

The Panorama

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The main reason to come to this old theater is to see the panorama they have on display, which changes every few months. When I was there it was a scene of snow and bleakness called “Effulgence of the North.”

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You walk up a spiral staircase into a small room and can sit in the darkness and take in the panorama, there was even some background noise that helped to set the scene.

The Theater

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After that I proceeded into the theater which was a really well maintained historic theater. I loved the chandelier, old movie seats and the pianos.

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In the corner they have a large hand crank picture as well.

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The Gardens

When you are finished seeing the theater you will head out to the gardens which is the last of the attractions here.  These gardens are small but a peaceful escape in the city.

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They had lots of flowers, a few areas to sit and an overarching plant walkway. It was a nice place to explore but wasn’t too big.

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After about 20 minutes I had completed my time here and headed out. I can’t tell you whether or not you would enjoy a place like this but I found the history fun and enjoyed my short time here.  I would love to hear what you think in the comments.

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