Now that counties across Southern California have moved from the most extreme purple tier for COVID-19 restrictions into the red tier — and look to enter the even more permissive orange tier as new cases drop and vaccination rates rise — movie theaters, museums, theme parks and other cultural institutions (with the exception of most live performance spaces) are beginning the reopening process within pandemic guidelines. Call it our spring awakening.
Times entertainment photo editor Ken Kwok dispatched photographers Jay L. Clendenin, Allen J. Schaben, Mel Melcon, Genaro Molina and Myung J. Chun to capture the scene.
La Brea Tar Pits Museum and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in DTLA have reopened. The Broad, MOCA and the Getty Villa set dates.
Hollywood and Highland, Hollywood
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Universal Studios Hollywood
The Cinemark Playa Vista
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Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
Disney California Adventure, Anaheim
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Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
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The El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood
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The Natural History Museum, Los Angeles