The Warner Grand Theatre is getting grander. Over time the 1931 movie palace's wooden armrests had become worn and scarred, cracking Naugahyde covered the seats and the air-conditioning consisted of a primitive basin filled with chunks of ice. But now the armrests boast a new coat of finish and the seats have been reupholstered in green Jacquard chenille with a geometric pattern matching the original Art Deco balcony design. The new sound system delivers minute effects--like the crisp crunch of shoes on gravel--perfectly. There's also an updated 50-foot screen (the old one was stained and torn) and a climate-control system. The 1,500-seat theater in the downtown arts district hosts foreign films, classics and live performances by groups such as the San Pedro City Ballet. Screenings are special events: Cammie King, who played Bonnie Blue Butler in "Gone With the Wind," introduced that film. The theater was designed by Pantages architect B. Marcus Priteca for Jack Warner, who called it "The Castle of Your Dreams."
WARNER GRAND THEATRE 478 W. 6th St. warnergrand.org
THE BAY MAKES THE TOWN
The Port of Los Angeles, located in San Pedro Bay, is the busiest port in the U.S. Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first sailed into the bay under the Spanish flag in 1542. The area came under U.S. control in 1848, after the U.S. defeated Mexico in the Mexican-American War.