Lost Landmarks

Sign of the Times IV: Sensation, Scandal and Salvation at Westlake Theater

Next to the bustling MacArthur Park, the once vibrant interiors of the Westlake Theater are now silent. But all around it, there is life.

About the Author

Hadley Meares is a writer, actress and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel "Absolutely" is now available on Amazon.
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