ModCom Field Trip
Santora Arts Building
On Sunday, Larry and I went on a field trip with members of the Modern Committee of the L.A. Conservancy. We drove to the historic Santora Arts Building in downtown Santa Ana to the workshop and showroom of Joseph Musil and his Salon of Theatres.Salon of Theatres
The showroom was set up like an art deco theater with models of historic theaters, like little doll houses lining the walls. The lighting in the showroom is most impressive and dramatic. Once everyone arrived, Mr. Musil gave us a tour of the theater models and explained how he has re-vamped and re-designed many L.A. theaters in the art deco motif, including The Crest Theater in Westwood. Mr. Musil has been involved in theater design since his high school days at Wilson H.S. in Long Beach.
After that he showed us his working samples of historic theater curtains...very elaborate! We then saw a DVD presentation on the historic theaters of Long Beach. It was a fascinating afternoon. You too can see Mr. Musil's showroom in Santa Ana on the first Friday of every month...more info here.Mr. Musil's Workshop
We met up with our long-time friends and Santa Ana residents, Jonde and Nick, for dinner in downtown Orange. Jonde and I have known each other since our junior high days as campers at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. Below, I give you a photo of vintage Jonde and Ellen, courtesy of Jonde's archives!
Jonde and Ellen, Idyllwild, many years ago, above
Jonde, Nick and Ellen, downtown Orange, today