After our quick Angels Flight ride up to Bunker Hill, we walked back down the hill and across the street to the Grand Central Market. This open-air marketplace is located in the The Homer Laughlin Building which was built in 1917.
I found some good photo ops, but again, it wasn’t quite what I remember it being – a little bit more commercial and we weren’t too terribly impressed with the market’s options. Unless of course if we had needed cat toenail
We headed through the market to Broadway where a couple more old (for us) buildings stand – the Bradbury and the Million Dollar Theatre.
The Bradbury is the oldest of the two – built in 1893.
The Bradbury was restored in the 90s and is absolutely gorgeous inside. This building houses some government agencies including the LAPD’s Internal Affairs offices.
Just across Broadway is the Million Dollar Theatre built by Sid Grauman (of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre). It was built in 1918 and was one of the first movie theatres in the US.
Later it was used as a performing arts stage, a Spanish-language movie house and live theatre, and more recently as a church. Currently it is again being used for Spanish-language performances.
Both buildings were used in the filming of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner with Harrison Ford.
The sites in these last two posts took just a little over an hour to visit, so we walked a couple miles north towards Chinatown to continue our exploration…