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Velaslavasay Panorama

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2014 - 2017.


The Velaslavasay Panorama opened in 2001 in the Union Theater with the inaugural exhibit, "The Panorama of the Valley of the Smokes." The intent was to recapture the tradition of the great panorama paintings that were popular in the 19th century. In the days before movies and television, people could view these panoramas and imagine travels not otherwise available to them. Robert Baker, and Englishman, patented the process in 1787 and it remained popular through the 19th century in Europe and the United States. While they had various names, Cyclorama, Diorama, Cosmorama, in addition to Panorama, the process was the same, the viewer was surrounded by a 360 degree image of some exotic place.

In addition to the panorama and theater building, there is a peaceful garden behind.

The panorama changes occasionally. At the time of this review, the exhibit is Effulgence of the North - An Arctic Panorama. In addition to the panorama, there is a small area with related exhibits. There is a small theater where The Velaslavasay Panorama Enthusiasts Society holds regular presentations. The site is also host to events both in the theater and the gardens.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

In the Union Theater
1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, California 90007
213-746-2166
www.panoramaview.org

Front facade.

Theater.
Panorama.
Panorama.

Exhibit.
Garden.
Garden.

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