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When the lights dimmed and the 1941 Preston Sturges comedy classic The Lady Eve got under way in June, 2,000 filmgoers had to tear their eyes away from the sumptuous French Baroque interior of the Los Angeles Theatre, the most glamorous of the glitzy movie palaces built downtown on Broadway between 1911 and 1931. Thanks to the Last Remaining Seats annual film series (and L.A.'s Delijani family, who saved this and other historic theaters from destruction), the awe-inspiring hall shows films each summer under the auspices of the Los Angeles Conservancy. You'll sweep upstairs on its grand staircase set in a towering, six-story lobby dripping with chandeliers, gold leaf and silk damask. You'll explore the glass-ceilinged ballroom downstairs, styled after a ship's lounge. And we know it sounds crazy, but surely some of the flourishes on the auditorium ceiling are sculpted from red velvet cake? Tickets for the Last Remaining Seats go on sale in April at $20, and the series — which also involves other historic movie palaces — sells out. —Jill Stewart

615 S. Broadway, dwntwn., 90014. (213) 629-2939, losangelestheatre.com, laconservancy.org/events-tours/last-remaining-seats/faqs.

LA Weekly