4 Reasons to Get Your “Last Remaining Seats”

In its 33rd season, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s classic film screening series, Last Remaining Seatsreturns to Downtown LA with a month-long set of events showcasing some of the most historic movie venues in our city. You have 3 weeks left to experience this one-of-a-kind series, and here are 4 reasons why you should!

1. Classic Films

From hilarious classics to psychological thrillers in black and white, Last Remaining Seats never disappoints when it comes to the film selection. A group of dedicated volunteers work hard to carefully curate a lineup that includes a range of themes and perspectives, while keeping both diversity and inclusion to of mind.

2. Historic Theatres 

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Here’s the beautiful Los Angeles Theatre (1931) with “Easter Parade” playing to a packed house as part of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s annual “Last Remaining Seats” program. • The 2019 season kicks-off this Saturday with “It Happened One Night”, hosted by Leonard Maltin at the Los Angeles Theatre. So far it’s about 90% sold out so get your tickets quick to see a classic film in the theatre’s opulent surroundings. • Although pre-screening theatre tours are sold out, stick around after the movie for a Q+A about the theatre and an after party in the sumptuous five-story Grand Lobby! • For photos+info -> historictheatrephotos.com/latheatre • For event info+tix -> laconservancy.org/last-remaining-seats • #theatre #theater #movietheatre #cinema #lastremainingseats #lastremainingseats2019 #laconservancy #losangelestheatre #losangeles #dtla @laconservancy @losangelestheatre.la @official_lahtf @happeningindtla @dtla_everyday @dtlaweekly @cmjosehuizar

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The classic films aren’t the only thing being showcased — the opportunity to see some of LA’s most iconic venues is alone worth the ticket price. We’re fortunate enough to have two of these historic gems here in the Fashion District — Orpheum Theatre and Theatre at Ace Hotel.

3. A Night Out on the Town

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You wouldn’t go to a show like this without making it a “thing”, would you? While it’s not exactly a “night out on Broadway”…it certainly is a night out, so why not layer in the food a drink before and after? This is the perfect opportunity for you to try a downtown restaurant you’ve had on your list for a while, or revisit that place you liked that one time. A few faves that are just a quick 3-5 minute walk from both the Orpheum and Theatre at Ace Hotel are Best Girl, Terroni, and Zinque.

4. All the Extras

In addition to the amazing venues and classic films, the experience might include some yummy extras like free Q&A sessions about the theatre follow the screenings, behind the scenes tours with all the historical and architectural info you’d ever want, and lobby after parties with drinks, music, pub trivia and more. Check the full schedule of screenings to find out what extras come with your Last Remaining Seat!

Tommii Lim: A Fashion District Mural + Exhibit

#ICYMI, there’s a new mural in town! Let’s meet the local masterminds who brought this 2,000 square foot work of art to life — artist Tommii Lim and Ariana Nussdorf of AYAN.

Tommii Lim Mural | LA Fashion District

1. Tell us a little bit about yourselves. How did you two become partners?

Tommii: Born in Seoul Korea, Came to SF at the age of 2 then LA at the age of 6. Lived and worked in DTLA for the last 12 years. I formed a friendship with Ariana while living down here. When Ariana came up with the idea of creating this community project a few years back, I was all in.

Ariana: I came to LA from NYC in 2006 and settled in the LA Fashion District in 2011. For years, I dreamt of producing a communal art project lead by locals to unite the diverse spectrum of people and businesses within the Fashion District. Tommii Lim was the right artist for the project. Not only is he deeply rooted in the Fashion District, but his impressive body of work has earned international acclaim. His murals are especially appealing because they’re entirely black and white and once outlined, can be filled in by anyone with a desire to help participate in their creation, opening up the possibility for the public to take part in it.

Dean Paul De Leon Mural Party

2. Tommii, what inspired you to become an artist?

Cartoons, comic books, music, movies, books and life is what pushed me in my journey for the need to create. At a young age I knew art was what I had to do. Entered a drawing contest when I was a child and got disqualified because they thought I cheated and some adult made the piece for me, that was when I knew this is what I’m going to do with my life.

Tommii Lim | LA Fashion District

3. Ariana, what is the story behind AYAN? What goals do you have for it? 

When I moved to the Fashion District eight years ago, I fell in love with its deep history and rich culture and was inspired to be a part of its resurgence. I spent years volunteering within the community and helped with several Fashion District BID projects. The previous Executive Director of the BID, Kent Smith, suggested that I run for a seat on the Downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council and when I did, I was elected to serve as the Fashion District Resident Director. It was a natural progression to formalize my passion for community into a startup, so while I was producing the mural and Mural Party, I created AYAN. AYAN is a community enrichment organization and our goal is to consult, connect, and produce for the people and businesses of Downtown L.A., especially in the Fashion District.

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4. How did the design for the mural come about? 

Tommii: The design of the mural is a snapshot of the creators that we are surrounded with in the Fashion District.

Tommii Lim Mural | LA Fashion District

5. Thoughts on the mural party? Did it meet your expectations? 

Tommii: Yes it did. Not only was the mural party strong in community participation, but also throughout the whole process. Community members and fellow artists from Bloody Gums Collective helped me paint during the week leading up to the event while others donated their services at cost or for free — Brand Sign Co. created signs & postcards for us, Pizzaboyzzz make enamel pins and Blue Hill Studios donated handmade screen prints of the artwork. It was an amazing way for people in the neighborhood to get to know each other while creating a piece of art for our community.

Mural Party | LA Fashion District

Ariana: The Mural Party was everything I hoped it would be. I was able to unite my eclectic community through an inclusive, cultural experience that leaves an iconic mark on our neighborhood. So many people and local organizations joined me to make this happen, which is a testament to the collaborative spirit within this community. The DTLA-based public art nonprofit NOW Art was instrumental in managing logistics for the mural, and Contemporary Cultural, a local marketing and event production company, played a key part in coordinating the Mural Party event. We received tremendous support from L.A. City Council District 14, who not only helped us secure funding from the City of L.A.’s Department of Cultural Affairs, but provided essential resources for the event. We also received generous contributions from the Downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council, the LA Fashion District BID, and many property owners, residents, and local businesses. Additional funds to keep the Mural Party free and inclusive were raised through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and several volunteers that helped the event run smoothly. It was truly extraordinary to see so many people throughout the community and beyond believe in my vision and come together to make the Tommii Lim Mural and Mural Party a success.

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There was a particularly impactful moment during the Mural Party that stands out for me. When I was painting the wall, I looked around and saw so much diversity: families, young couples, individuals, people of various ages and races, all uniting over a creative project with an acclaimed local artist. Derrick, a particularly appreciative participant, told me that he has terminal cancer and is homeless, but that it meant so much to him to spend the day painting with others. I feel so energized by the success of this project and am already looking forward to the next venture.

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6. What’s next? 

Tommii: I just wrapped my solo exhibition ODDMANOUT at Avenue Des Arts gallery. I will be going on a mural tour painting large scale pieces in SF, DTLA, LA, Columbia, Mexico and Japan. I also just released various brand collaborations in Japan this month, including a new energy drink called Kiiva, and my second season with premium Japanese Golf Brand Mark & Lona. You can follow my projects on my Instagram and my website — where I will be relaunching my new online store soon.

Ariana: I’ll continue to consult, connect, and produce through AYAN. To discuss possible projects, I can be reached at Ariana@ayan.la. I encourage people to see what we’re up to by following AYAN on Instagram and liking us Facebook at AYAN.

BONUS: See a timelapse video of the mural coming to life here.

Photography courtesy of AYAN, Dean Paul De Leon, Tommii Lim, and Chase Montgomery.

Trending With: TEKTON LA

Follow along as we begin our new “Trending Series” – this is Episode 01 featuring
TEKTON LA of the LA Fashion District.

Stay tuned and go behind the scenes with a new businesses in the LA Fashion District each month!

Show Mom Some Love in the LA Fashion District

With Mother’s Day only a few days away, we thought we’d share how you can show Mom (and Mother figures) some love this Mother’s Day weekend! After all, Mom has dealt with you thus far…she deserves this and more. 💕

1. Oldvine Florals – Mother’s Day Collection. Because we are willing to bet your Mom loves flowers! BONUS: Use the promo code InfitineRosesForMom for 10% off 😉

2. Treat your “Madre” to brunch, lunch or dinner at DAMA. She’ll love the surprise AND the Daytime Disco. Make your reservations now

3. Pamper Mom with a mani/pedi + blowout for $100 OR make it a mani/pedi date for just $45 from Neihule Salon + Academy.


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Neihule has expanded to #dtlafashiondistrict come visit us soon! #dtla #pedicure #nails

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4. West Elm DTLA is a lot more than just a furniture store. They’ve been working with the neighborhood and local businesses to bring pop-ups and activations to the Fashion District every Saturday and Sunday. Pop-in with Mom to see what’s going on this weekend.

5. Flower Markets have extended their hours just for you. For the Moms who love flowers, a visit to the Flower Markets will be the perfect gift! See extended hours here.
BONUS: California Flower Mall will have some surprises just for the special ladies in your lives.

6. This just in from Zinqué: first mimosa free for Moms! Pro Tip: Pair a mimosa with…well…quite frankly anything.


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stripped back, but far from basic. grilled shrimp w/ citron. #zinquélunch

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7. Need another option for brunch? Best Girl at the Ace Hotel is another perfect place to celebrate Mom. BONUS: Complimentary glass of bubbles for all attending Moms…ALL DAY LONG.


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8. Unique Markets is back at the California Market Center and better than ever! “Shop small, make a big impact.” 5/11 AND 5/12.

To all the Moms, with love from the LA Fashion District.

¡Feliz Día de la Madre! Happy Mother’s Day!

New Public Art in the LA Fashion District

Murals continue to pop up in Werdin Alley! In case you don’t know, Werdin Alley is located on 8th street between Los Angeles and Main. Thanks to nearby art galleries, this alley has been activated with eye-catching murals that intrigue pedestrians to explore the alley beyond what’s visible to the passerby.

Over the past few weeks Werdin Alley welcomed two new murals: “Love” by Chris Riggs and “Reinvention” by Brett Crawford x WRDSMTH.

Love by Chris Riggs

“Love” by Chris Riggs

Chris Riggs is a New York City artist whose art focuses on combinations of cubism, abstract, surrealism, minimalism, pop and street art. His art can be seen on walls in NYC, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles. You can learn more about Chris Riggs and his art here.

Reinvention by Brett Crawford x WRDSMTH

“Reinvention” by Brett Crawford x WRDSMTH

A street artist, painter, metal sculptor, toy designer and illustrator, Brett Crawford, uses hidden symbols and pop references throughout his art. You can find his solo mural directly next to this recent collaboration in #WerdinAlley. Learn more about Brett and his art here.

With the mission of inspiring others, WRDSMTH is an LA based street artist whose work you’ve probably seen on walls throughout the world. Learn more about WRDSMTH here.

Besides new murals, the LA Fashion District became the home to local artist, S.C. Mero‘s (in collaboration with Wild Life) latest installation. “9th St. Jazz”, located at 9th and Santee, was a traffic median makeover that transformed a dull traffic median into a lively jazz club.

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“9th St. Jazz” art installation

This gorilla art installation is one of S.C. Mero’s many installations here in Downtown LA. Read more about this tactical artist and her work here and here.
BONUS: On Saturday, February 16th “9th St. Jazz” offered a free pubic performance by Smiling Beth & Freckle Face.