How to relight Highland Park’s historic signs one light bulb at a time

A group called the Friends of the Historic Signs of Figueroa Street received a $6,800 grant from the National Park Service to repair and relight to pieces of  historic Highland Park signage.  The grant, which comes from a fund dedicated to Route 66 preservation projects,  would help restore The Highland Theatre sign, a 1924 landmark composed of bare light bulbs. The theater sign was repaired about seven years ago but it was never put on a timer and, as a result, about 80% of the bulbs are now burned out, said Amy Inouye with the Highland Park signs group. The Mannings Coffee Store sign, which was errected in 1933, is less well known than the Highland Theatre sign but it featured opal glass letters and neon.

The Route 66 grant, however, requires that approximately $7,000 more in matching funds be raised to repair and maintain the signage. Residents who want to contribute to the matching funds can now sponsor a new light bulb in the Highland Theatre sign for $19.24 or an entire letter, with a “T” going for $500 and an “N” selling for $1,000. Fans of the Mannings sign can sponsor an opal glass letter for $66 or a neon arrow for $660.  Click here for more donation details.

Photos courtesy Amy Inouye

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