Monday, March 10, 2008 – The NoHo Scene
You know London's lively Soho – the one square mile bounded by Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the west, Shaftesbury Avenue to the south and Charing Cross Road to the east – visit Blackmarket Records and Vinyl Junkies and all that. And you know of New York's arty and oddly trendy Soho – in that case the area south of Houston Street (thus the name). Every city needs an arts and theater district. Out here in the San Fernando Valley, North Hollywood has its arts and theater district, where Magnolia crosses Lankershim Boulevard – the NoHo Arts District.
Let's start with the El Portal Theater, 5269 Lankershim Boulevard, 1926, by Lewis A. Smith, the man who designed The Vista. It was originally built as a vaudeville house and sits directly across the street from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.