With the flick of a ceremonial switch, the 502 green and white bulbs that spell out “Highland Theatre” were turned on last night during a ceremony to celebrate the renovation and relighting of the Highland Park landmark. The sign atop the 1924 Figueroa Street movie house had been repaired about seven years ago but about 80% of the bulbs had burned out because no timer had been installed, said Amy Inouye of the Friends of the Historic Signs of Figueroa Street. The group won a $6,800 grant from the National Park Service to relight the sign and then raised the matching funds by seeking sponsorships of individual bulbs at $19.24 a piece or an entire letter for up to $1,000. After a music and speeches, a crowd gathered to watch the light show. Josef Bray-Ali was there to shoot the video and describe what happened on the Flying Pigeon blog:
The sign got turned on at 8pm – with the Franklin High marching band and a big crowd of now-familiar local business owners, community activists, political types, just plain folk, and e’rbody else. Free cake at the end of the ceremony! Along with Chicken Boy, this corner now has a phone booth converted into a free library, knitted tree cozies, and a lit up historic theater sign. Things are on the mend in the big city, and definitely looking brighter in Highland Park.
Click here to see more photos of the event by Martha Benedict.