The Velaslavasay Panorama

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1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007


(213) 746-2166

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Open Friday-Saturday-Sunday Noon-6pm (or by appointment). Admission is a suggested donation of $6 for adults, $4 for students.


This lovely site, created by Sara Velas, brings back the glory of the panoramic paintings (called cycloramas in the United States) that were a major public entertainment in the 18th and 19th centuries. This phenomena is basically a painted circular environment that fills all your sight-lines and in this way gives you the impression of being in some far-away place. You enter the space from a circular wooden stairway; inside there is a circular bench where you can relax and take in the painted and sculpted environment and the 35 minute sound and light show. The building that houses this attraction is a historic movie theater from 1921. In addition to the panorama there is also a garden, gift shop, and small theater space on site.


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