The Panorama exhibition hall in an old silent theatre near USC that includes a lovely backyard garden oasis.
Drawing on the illustrious history of the great panorama paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, The Velaslavasay Panorama is an exhibition hall, theatre and garden dedicated to the production and presentation of unusual visual experiences, including those of the 360-degree variety. The Velaslavasay Panorama panoramic exhibition encircles the spectator within a fully enveloping atmosphere; a vast painting of a continuous surrounding landscape, accompanied by sound stimulation and three-dimensional elements, affords the viewer an opportunity to experience a complete sensory phenomenon.
Located in the West Adams Historic District, The Velaslavasay Panorama presents to the community an art form that has been nearly lost due to the technological advancements of our time and the multitudinous variety of ways in which the public consumes mass entertainment. The old Union Theatre, which once served as a tile layers’ union headquarters in the 1970s, is now used by The Velaslavasay Panorama Enthusiasts Society.
The current exhibition, ‘Effulgence of the North’, is an arctic landscape created by Sara Velas, an artist and Los Angeles native who founded The Velaslavasay Panorama in 2001.
Spiraling up into the Panarama
‘Effulgence’ is a rare, contemporary re-production of an otherwise outdated medium, exhibited in a traditional rotunda which features a spiral staircase that allows viewers to enter at the center of the cylindrical room.
I was all alone, which made the experience more amazing.
The garden behind the theatre is home to pet bunnies and carnivorous plants.
The pagoda made a great rain shelter.
Not sure what these were [grapefruit?] but they sure were big.
Original tile work from when it was the tile layers union headquarters way back in the ’70’s.
They have some amazing events in the space, so sign up for their email if that kind of thing tickles your fancy @ www.panoramaonview.org/news.html. Open to the public Fri-Sun: 12-6.