DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – The Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live has a new family film offer, and though the movies may not be super timely, it’s hard to argue with the price. Starting this week, the 14-screen complex will offer $1 movies every Tuesday and Wednesday morning through August 17. The Regal Summer Movie Express will show 10 a.m. flicks rated G and PG. The feature on Tuesday, June 17, is Hotel Transylvania, and Smurfs 2 runs the following day. Others on the schedule include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Lego Movie, The Croods, Turbo and Rio 2. The theater is also offering discounted concession items. The theater is located at 1000 W. Olympic Boulevard.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – A nice food change is coming to the lobby of the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live. Chef Kerry Simon’s L.A. Market restaurant will make way for a new place of Ben Ford’s Culver City gastropub Ford’s Filling Station. Ford’s offers simply prepared New American dishes with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients; highlights include pork belly lettuce wraps with pickled watermelon or goat-cheese gnocchi with English peas. Ford’s also has craft beers and a list of specialty cocktails, including the Moscow Burro, which has vodka, lime juice, jalapeno and ginger beer.
The L.A. Live Ford’s will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It is slated to open in the fall. Coming to 900 W. Olympic or www.jwlalive.com
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – One of the most sought after locations in DTLA is a car wash and it has just been sold for an estimated $25 million. Purchased back in 1980 for $525,000, the Downtown Car Wash across the street from L.A. Live was bought by a local developer who plans to build a high-rise hotel and residential complex at the busy crossroads of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street.
During the carwash’ s more than three decades of operation, its surrounding neighborhood has undergone dramatic transformation that has left the sprawling one-story business looking out of place.
The intersection was once on the edge of the city’s business center, but it’s now in a key link between the booming new neighborhood around Staples Center known as South Park and the financial district. In addition to constant car traffic rolling through the busy intersection, thousands of people trudge by the carwash on most days heading to and from basketball games, concerts and conventions.
Downtown has a hotel shortage, according to city officials hoping to attract more business to the LA Convention Center just south of Staples Center. Ben Nemen, the buyer of the location said he is still in the early stages of planning what to do with the site, but that he envisions a hotel and perhaps luxury condominiums in a tall structure with shops and restaurants at street level. He hopes to build about 500,000 square feet.
Planning will take at least two years, Nemen said, during with the carwash will remain open. Nemen and his affiliated companies own more than 5 million square feet of commercial real estate downtown and helped develop the Medallion, an extensive apartment and retail complex at 4th and Main streets in the Old Bank District.
Downtown Los Angeles- When it comes to sports, specifically the NBA Playoffs, Los Angeles is among the leader in best places to watch the games with friends and socialites. No matter which jersey you are sporting, there are numerous hot spots to eat, drink, and have fun while rooting for your favorite team(s)
While the ESPN Zone in Downtown Los Angeles in June, there are still places to watch the Playoffs. LA LIVE offers free WI-FI, so you can get some work done while keeping an eye on walls of screens showing every game imaginable. Individual TVs at some booths allow you focus on one particular game and control the audio, while recliners are available with primo viewing of the monitors on a first come, first serve basis.
The Yard House offers a slightly more refined alternative to view the games while at L.A. Live with over 20 screens between the bar and patio seating areas.
Lucky Strike doesn’t advertise itself as a sports bar, but its lineup of flat screens behind the bar remains a draw to catch games throughout the year. While a rotation of rock music usually drowns out the on screen action, TV volume is often turned up during playoff and championship games. And what better way to spend halftime than by bowling a game or two?!
Big Wangs has become synonymous with sports bars Downtown, with dozens of HD TVs inside and outside showing games from DIRECTV’s NFL, NBA, and NHL packages, and even a fire pit for a romantic evening watching basketball and enjoying their trademark chicken wings.
The NBA Playoffs this season has been very intense, with games having you sitting on the edge of your seat! Why not enjoy the games with others that love sports just as much as you do!
In fact, that is only one of the sensory impacts that are currently promised.
Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the theater and Seoul-based CJ 4DPlex this week announced that the Korean company will bring so-called 4D movies to DTLA. According to the prepared statement, 4D features in the theater can include motion, wind, strobe, fog, vibration, mist, rain and scent-based special effects. The L.A. Live complex will be the first United States location for CJ 4DPlex, which now operates in 91 theaters in 23 countries; the first 4D screening was a version of Avatar in 2010.
Shelby Russell, vice president of L.A. Live Marketing, said the Regal Cinemas in Downtown “has become not only the preferred location for blockbuster releases but the ideal venue to showcase the industry’s newest technology.”
Although the film that will get the 4D treatment has not been identified, the release said it will happen this summer. The 4D presentation, according to the company, “lends itself perfectly to high-action movies.”
The new restaurant which opened on March 26, offers menus that cater to both traditional and more experimental tastes. Representing the traditional “Stafford” side dishes such as short ribs with mash potato hash, bacon and truffles, and mussels cooked with Pernod, fennel and garlic. On the more adventurous “Mathis” menu are plates including bone marrow with pork “jam,” slow-cooked egg and tomato powder, or ravioli with pork check, squash and microgreens.
It’s all being prepared by Chef Michael Chavez-Martinez, who last worked at Little Tokyo’s well-received B.O.S., which specializes in tasting menus with offal. The Stafford + Mathis Kitchen replaces Fig Oly, the former restaurant in the hotel across from L.A. Live.
Stafford + Mathis is located at 1020 S. Figueroa Street
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – It is no shocker that Detroit and Cleveland have struggled with the weakest job growth rates nationally since 1990. As it turns out, Los Angeles is part of that group as well. That and more will be discussed at the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s 2014 Economic Forecast Conference, to be held Wednesday, April 2, in the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live. Themed “Solutions for Our City,” the conference will focus on job readiness and availability. Featured speakers include Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Downtown Councilwoman Jan Perry, now general manager of the city’s Economic and Workforce Development Department, along with a slew of economists and business experts. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. More information and registration are at uclaforecast.com
Downtown Los Angeles: The 7th annual Kids 4 Kids RUN/WALK, this year including a 5K and 10K, will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at L.A. LIVE. Created by and benefiting Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF), the event is designed to bring out the KID in all of us and drive much needed support for pediatric cancer research.
This event fun-filled event will consist of many activities, including the 5K & 10K run, “ALL STAR” Carnival with tons of food, rides and Celebrity/Athlete-manned game booths, not to forget Finish Line Entertainment.
The Event Schedule is as followed:
7am- Race Day Registration Opens
7:15am- Radio Disney “Warm-Up” (1 hour)
8:30am- Official start of 5K • 10K RUN/WALK
9am- “All Star” Carnival and Finish Line Entertainment begins
9am- “Yum 4 My Tum” Food Court opens
1PM- Event Ends
There will be FREE parking at the WEST GARAGE (1005 W. Chick Hearn Court) before 10am!
Come and Join many others at LA LIVE & take BIG steps to De “FEET” Cancer.
For more information please visit www.ccrf-kids.org
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Twenty-five talented chefs from all over the world are coming together for a three-day cooking extravaganza at L.A. Live’s new Chefs’ Tasting Arena and Restaurant Stadium. Roi Choi, David LeFevre, and Alain Passard will wine and dine Angelinos at this, the first Chef Classic. Each day offers a different experience!
Friday, March 21st at 7 p.m.
Hosted by Ludo Lefebvre, the French Master’s Dinner highlights the generations of French influence in the culinary world. The gold package, which is $250/person includes a cocktail, canapé, a 2nd or 3rd row seat at Restaurant Stadium, and a five-course dinner paired with French Wine. $50 more gets you the diamond package, which puts you front row at the show.
Saturday, March 22nd at 12 p.m.
The All Star Lunch celebrates female chefs, with a five-course meal prepared by chefs Dominique Crenn, Nancy Oaks, Nancy Silverton, Naomi Pomeroy and Waylynn Lucas. The ladies will pair the midday meal with wines made by female winemakers. The gold package, which is $100/person includes the five-course lunch and a 2nd or 3rd row seat at the cooking show. $25 more gets you to the diamond package which puts you in the front row.
Saturday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
Stella Artois and dineLA present Grill and Chill, a small nighttime gathering for guests to watch ten chefs cook over an open flame in the Chefs’ Tasting Arena. The gold package, which is $100/person, gets you tastings from all ten chefs and some alcoholic beverages. The diamond package, which is $150/person, includes tastings from ten chefs, alcoholic beverages, and a VIP ticket with a 60-minute early access to the Chefs’ Tasting Arena.
Sunday, March 23rd at 12 p.m.
Melissa’s Produce ends the event with Savor the Season, celebrating farmer’s market produce from Los Angeles. This event welcomes children at additional ticket prices. The gold package, which is $65/person, includes tastings from ten chefs and alcoholic beverages. The diamond package, which is $85/person includes tasting from ten chefs, alcoholic beverages, and a 60-minute early VIP access to the Chef’s Tasting Arena.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Over the last decade there has been no bigger player in downtown Los Angeles than Anschutz Entertainment Group. The privately held company opened Staples Center and L.A. Live and built the Convention Center headquarters hotel. Directly and indirectly, it has had a hand in almost every project of note in South Park in the past decade and in many other Downtown developments as well. Its biggest play could still be to come, if the $1.4 billion Farmers Field football stadium every comes to fruition.
Despite all the huge projects that have been created, it is one of AEG’s smallest projects that right now has a number of South Park residents totally amped. AEG quietly opened an approximately quarter-acre dog run in November 2013. It is easy to miss, not only because the company did not hold a grand opening event. Placed alongside the 110 Freeway and shielded by a fence covered with bougainvillea, one could walk or drive to L.A. Live or Staples Center for a show, meal or game and never know there is a place for people and their pets.
Part of what is so impressive about the park is that AEG created it and made it available to everyone even though it does not contribute directly to the company’s bottom line. Yes, AEG touted it as an amenity several years ago when selling the condos in the Ritz-Carlton, but the small pet facility is not likely to make or break any sales. While the dog run doesn’t create revenue, it does help build a sense of community, and in the process makes L.A. Live a more welcoming space. As people throughout DTLA have noticed, you meet new folks when you go walking the neighborhood with your pet. The few and far between dog parks in DLTA are hubs for canine activity as well as human interaction. Letting a pet get some exercised is not the only reason that people visit the dog park day after day.