Saturday, 1 June 2019

What's New in Los Angeles - Summer 2019


Soho Warehouse (Arts District, Downtown)
July 2019
The London-based Soho Warehouse is the third in L.A. and set to open in the south Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. Soho Warehouse will span more than 110,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest standalone Houses and the first with guestrooms on the West Coast. The property will include bedrooms, a gym, club spaces and a rooftop with a pool.

The Wayfarer DTLA (Historic Core, Downtown)
Summer 2019
The Wayfarer DTLA is a community-focused hotel coming to Downtown L.A.'s historic Broadway Corridor in the former Ritz Milner buildingThe property will feature 156 total shared and private rooms, four food and beverage spots including a rooftop bar, and a stairwell gym. This is the second hotel under the Wayfarer name with the first located in Santa Barbara.

Silver Lake Pool and Inn (Silver Lake)
September 2019
This September Silver Lake Pool and Inn will open at Sunset Junction just south of the lively intersection of Santa Monica and Sunset. The 54-room boutique property run by Palisociety Hotels is set to feature an elevated pool deck and Marco Polo, a coastal Italian-inspired outdoor restaurant and bar.

Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel (Fashion District, Downtown)
September 2019
Proper Hospitality, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels Chief Brad Korzen, is slated to debut their first Los Angeles hotel in Downtown L.A.'s Fashion District located at the site of the former Case Hotel. The 13-story property, which was originally built in 1924, will have 148 stunning rooms.

The Hoxton, LA (Fashion District, Downtown)
Fall 2019
Chic British brand Hoxton will debut The Hoxton, LA in a transformed 1925 building that was once the headquarters of the LA Railway Authority. Located in Downtown L.A.'s booming Fashion District at 11th and Broadway, the 10-story hotel will feature 174 guest rooms, three restaurants including one on the roof, multiple bars and a rooftop pool when it debuts in fall 2019.

The Godfrey Hotel (Hollywood)
October 2019
The 60,000-square-foot Godfrey hotel is a high-end boutique property fit for the lifestyle of the contemporary jet-setting professional. The project features amenities that will allow travelers to conduct business both locally and remotely, while enjoying the unique room and food experiences that the Godfrey brand is known for in Chicago and Boston. The property is slated to open with 220 rooms, a rooftop pool and a casual steakhouse called About Last Knife.

Park Hyatt at Oceanwide Plaza (South Park, Downtown)
Early 2020
Oceanwide Plaza, the mixed-use project being built adjacent to STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE, will include L.A.'s first hotel under the Park Hyatt luxury badge. The Park Hyatt Los Angeles will have 184 rooms, including 34 suites, meeting and events space, a swimming pool, and access to the retail and amenity podium known as The Collection at Oceanwide Plaza.

Fairmont Century Plaza (Century City)
Spring 2020
AccorHotels' Fairmont badge will take over the landmark Century Plaza hotel in Century City when the property reopens as Fairmont Century Plaza in the spring of 2020. The redeveloped 5-star property will boast 400 guestrooms and 63 luxury residences. Expected amenities include a swanky rooftop pool, a world-class 14,000-sqaure-foot spa, and 24-hour fitness center.

Grupo Habita Project (Arts District, Downtown)
Summer 2020
The first L.A. project for Grupo Habita, a hotel group that develops some of the hippest hotels in Mexico City, Chicago, and New York will take over a 109-year-old brick warehouse in the Arts District transforming it with modern accommodations, a rooftop lounge, garden and pool. Construction on the property is ongoing with a projected opening date of summer 2020.

W Los Angeles Downtown 
(South Park, Downtown)
The 250-room W Los Angeles Downtown will be located across the street from L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center and will be the W brand's third location in Los Angeles. The hotel will feature a spa, outdoor pool deck and destination restaurants along. It will boast approximately 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space perfect for the modern business traveler.

Thompson Hollywood (Hollywood)
Two Roads Hospitality's Thompson lifestyle brand, which previously operated The Hollywood Roosevelt, will return to the buzzing Hollywood neighborhood with a new property on Wilcox Avenue between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. The 190-room hotel is being built by Dream Hollywood developer Relevant Group and will house meeting and events space, a fitness center and a rooftop deck with a pool.

Tommie Hotel (Hollywood)
With lush greenspace and an array of communal amenities, the Tommie Hotel is designed for young professionals, artists and entrepreneurs. The Tommie Hotel Los Angeles will sit at the intersection of Wilcox and Selma Avenues in Hollywood, adjacent to the existing Mama Shelter hotel. The 212-room, lifestyle-focused hotel also comes from the Two Roads Hospitality brand and Relevant Group developers.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (Mid-City)
December 2019
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is bringing the world's leading film sciences museum to L.A.'s Miracle Mile. This exciting project is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, and will encompass six stories of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. Inaugural exhibitions will include a retrospective of legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and Making of: The Wizard of Oz.

LA Plaza Cocina (Olvera Street, Downtown)
Early 2020
LA Plaza Cocina will be the first museum and teaching kitchen dedicated to Mexican food when it opens in Downtown L.A.'s Olvera Street at LA Plaza Village. The multi-disciplinary venue will aim to celebrate and educate visitors on Mexico's culinary heritage, from its indigenous roots to its contemporary interpretations through an array of exhibitions, cooking classes, lectures, workshops, and culinary festivals.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Exposition Park, Downtown)
Los Angeles will welcome the 275,000-square-foot, $1-billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to Downtown L.A.'s Exposition park in 2021. Works on display will come from George Lucas' personal collection of art, which consists of approximately 10,000 paintings and illustrations along with Hollywood memorabilia from films such as “Star Wars” and “The Ten Commandments.”
Skirball Cultural Center (Westside)“Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich”
Now Through September 1, 2019
A must-see, the Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center presents an in depth look at the ways in which the famed designer impacted fashion through his beliefs on gender identity, utilitarianism and body positivity. On view through September 1, 2019, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich features more than eighty ensembles and is the first exhibition to focus on the social and cultural impact of Gernreich's vision.
Hammer Museum (Westside)
“Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel”
June 9, 2019 – September 1, 2019
The Hammer Museum will present the first American survey the U.K.'s influential Sarah Lucas in Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel. Over her 30-year-career, Lucas has developed a provocative, humorous body of work that subverts society's traditional notions on gender, sexuality, and identity as it relates to the human body and power. More than 130 photographs, collages, sculptures and installations will be on display.
Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art (LACMA) (Mid-City)
“The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China”
“Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing”
June 2, 2019 – January 5, 2020
June 16, 2019 – September 29, 2019
Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art (LACMA) adds two Asian art exhibitions in late spring. The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China will bring 34 works from 40 years in which material choice has become a symbol of artistic expression. The installation includes 20 of the most influential Chinese artists working today including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang and Lin Tianmiao. Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing will be the first exhibition held outside of Asia to focus on the history and art of writing and calligraphy in Korea.

Universal Studios Hollywood (Universal City)
Jurassic World – The Ride
Summer 2019
This summer at Universal Studios Hollywood the all-new attraction Jurassic World – The Ride will debut. The eagerly awaited reimagining of the Jurassic Park attraction will send guests down a thrilling, 84-foot waterfall all set around an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Jurassic World. It will feature additional new dinosaurs from the film, lush scenic design, and ground-breaking technology that has yet to be experienced within a theme park.

2019 Summer dineL.A. (Citywide)
July 12 – 26, 2019
The dineL.A. program is a biannual, 15-day dining event showcasing the city as a premier dining destination. It offers diners value-driven lunch and dinner menus from over 400 restaurants across L.A. Lunch menus range from $15, $20, $25 to $35, with dinner menus priced at $29, $39, $49 and $59. For visitors who want to try exclusive tasting menus from some of L.A.'s most celebrated restaurants like Providence and Spago, prices start at $99 per person.

Outfest Los Angeles (Citywide)
July 18 – 28, 2019
Considered the preeminent LGBTQ film festival in the world and oldest film festival in L.A., 2019 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival returns from July 18 to July 28 for 11 days of world-class films, panels and parties. Each summer Outfest Los Angeles screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience more than 40,000 people at venues across the city like The Orpheum, and Ford Theatres.

2019 DTLA Proud Festival (Pershing Square, Downtown)
August 23 – 25, 2019
Now in its fourth year, DTLA Proud Festival returns to the heart of Downtown L.A. from August 23-25 in Pershing Square. A perfect itinerary addition to a late summer visit, the 3-day festival includes a diverse lineup of local stage talent, community booths, art installations, retail vendors, interactive exhibits, food trucks and a pop-up water park.

Bob Baker Marionette Theatre (Highland Park)
Summer 2019
Shows will begin again at their new home in the effortlessly cool and ever evolving neighborhood of Highland Park this summer. The theatre trip is set to bring its 3,000 puppets, endless ice cream, boundless imagination, and love for its Los Angeles community to its new location at 4949 York Boulevard.
LA Stadium at Hollywood Park (South Bay)
When the LA Stadium at Hollywood Park opens in 2020, it will house L.A.'s two NFL teams: the Los Angeles Chargers and 2019 NFC Conference Champions Los Angeles Rams. The state of the art, open-air stadium will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.

Los Angeles Convention Center (South Park, Downtown)
February 2022
An estimated $1.25-billion project will transform the Convention Center and adjacent L.A. LIVE into a fully integrated 100-acre meetings and conventions destination with over 2 million sq. ft. of total event space; 2,240 on-site hotel rooms; 20 restaurants; unique venues and more. The entire campus project is expected to be fully complete and operational by February 2022 for the Super Bowl Fan Fest.

Tacos 1986 (Historic Core, Downtown)
June 24, 2019
The Tijuana-style Tacos 1986, which started as a Hollywood stand, will open their first brick and mortar in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles in late June. The extra cheesy tacos, created by Victor Delgado and Jorge “Joy” Alvarez -Tostado, are a star on social media and have gained positive acclaim from restaurant critics like the LA Times.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Financial District, Downtown)
Summer 2019
After years of anticipation, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is scheduled to open this summer at The Bloc in Downtown L.A., a mixed-use dining, shopping and office complex. The theatre will include 12 dine-in screening rooms and a full-service lobby bar. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's L.A. location will include vegan and gluten-free options.

Antico (Larchmont Village)
Summer 2019
Chef Chad Colby, formerly of Chi Spacca, is opening his first solo venture along Beverly Boulevard in the chic neighborhood of Larchmont Village. Antico will be a rustic Italian spot focused on wood-fired cuisine along. The menu will heavily feature grilled meats, prepared vegetables and handmade pasta classics.

Sqirl Away (East Hollywood)
Fall 2019
After years of anticipation, highly-acclaimed chef Jessica Koslow will open the takeaway version of Sqirl, aptly named Sqirl Away, on Vermont Avenue in East Hollywood later this year. Sqirl Away is expected to serve the menu favorite fresh jams, breakfast toasts and lunch bowls.

Death & Co. (Arts District, Downtown)
Late 2019
Notable New York City-born cocktail bar Death & Co., considered one of America's greatest, will come to the popular 3rd Street stretch of the Arts District later this year. The 3,000-square-foot bar and kitchen will have a menu like NYC's East Village location as well as a secondary bar in the back of the venue for private events.

The Barish (Hollywood)
January 2020
James Beard Award winner Nancy Silverton will bring The Barish, a large-scale Italian steakhouse, to The Hollywood Roosevelt as part of a revamp of the hotel's dining program. The restaurant will specialize in meat focused dishes and baked pastas.

San Pedro Public Market (San Pedro)
Phase one by 2021
The Los Angeles waterfront will see dramatic improvements to its dining options as early as 2021. The new San Pedro Public Market will feature a 15-stall food hall, five restaurants next to the waterfront and outdoor garden seating that is both pet and family-friendly. Once the second phase of construction is complete, the San Pedro Public Market will hold retail shops, a 5,000-seat waterfront amphitheater concert venue, playgrounds, recreation areas, waterfront taxis and cruises.

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Exposition Park)
Founded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling. The museum will present permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for diverse public audiences which will feature illustrations, paintings, comic art, photography, and an in-depth exploration of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation, visual effects, and more). Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong and under construction in Los Angeles' Exposition Park, the museum will feature new public green space, state-of-the-art cinematic theaters, a research library, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces. 


Digital Food Orders
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) guests can now save time by pre-ordering food and shopping online for select locations. The enhancements to the shopping and dining experience at LAX include the launch of a digital product catalog and digital food ordering services, powered by Grab. Guests can pre-order food on their mobile device, Facebook messenger app or desktop/laptop computer by accessing and following the link to "Dining, Shopping and More" and choosing one of the participating terminals, or by going directly to

LAX Presents Performance Series
Now through December 10, 2019
Now in its third year, LAX Presents brings 38 performances in eclectic styles such as vintage West Coast rock, jazz piano and classical ensembles. The 2019 season will more than double the number of performances from 2018 and will feature 14 diverse acts, compared to nine in 2018.

PUP Program
Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) is a therapy dog program at LAX providing stress relief and comfort to passengers through warm and furry interactions with pets. Certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, therapy dogs and handlers roam the departures levels in the gate areas of each terminal, visiting travelers awaiting flights and providing comfort, as well as vital airport information.

LAX Modernization Program
Through 2023
In operation since 1928, LAX is amid a multibillion-dollar modernization program which is the largest public works project in Los Angeles history. It includes a new, 12-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) which will serve as an addition to Tom Bradley International Terminal set to open in 2020 and the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) which includes a 2.25-mile Automated People Mover (APM) that will connect three on-airport stations to Metro Rail and transit services set to open by 2023.