The Velaslavasay Panorama

Venue  |  Exhibitions
The Velaslavasay Panorama
1122 W. 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Venue Type: Alternative Space
Sarah Brin
Open hours
12-6 PM Friday, Saturday, Sunday
(213) 746-2166
Suggested Donation: $6 General Admission, $4 Seniors and Students
pre-cinema, old-masters/classical, international, experimental, performance, outsider/folk

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; the 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.

Historically, the panorama was an immersive 360-degree painted environment, often including a three-dimensional faux terrain in the foreground of the painting to enhance the illusion.  An early relative to the motion picture, the captivated public would visit these paintings-in-the-round as an entertainment or novelty, much along the same lines as the cinema is seen today.

Located in the West Adams Historic District, The Velaslavasay Panorama presents to the community an art form that has been all but lost due to the technological advancements of our time and the differing ways in which the public consumes mass entertainment.

As well as serving as a showcase for panoramic works and living garden wonders,The Velaslavasay Panorama also hosts events.  The Panorama's past events have included film screenings and presentations that vary from Automata's toy theatre productions and silent film programs to crafting meetings and other experimentations; the theatre and grounds are also available for event rental and filming.

Devoted to the continued production of things reminiscent of this landmark era in media's history, The Velaslavasay Panorama is indeed proud to exist and participate in the cultural artistic identity of the great city of Los Angeles,  known the world over as an entertainment capital, and the center of magnetic showmanship and spectacle.

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