Photo by Martha Benedict
A crowd gathered last May on Figueroa Street in Highland Park to celebrate the relighting of the 1924 Highland Theatre sign. But the sign’s 502 white and green bulbs did not stay on for long after wiring problems put the sign back in the dark. On Friday night, however, the sign was once again blazing after an extensive re-wiring, reports Nicole Possert with the Highland Park Heritage Trust:
After many months of grueling labor by Highland Park electrician Victor Mendoza, the iconic rooftop sign has been totally re-wired and working like a charm. After the fun celebration earlier this year, the project team had to come to grips with a “not ideal” wiring situation. The wiring was supposed to have been re-wired in the 1990s and wasn’t. So, this week, each letter now has a brand new delivery path for electricity and is on a timer for everyone’s night time enjoyment. It will now be lit five evenings a week (Tues – Sat). Thanks for everyone’s patience but it was worth the wait!
And, get ready, relighting the Manning’s Coffee Store sign, less than a block away, is getting underway. Soon it will add some new colors to the night time skies of Highland Park’s section of Route 66.
Amy Inouye and Possert lead a team of volunteers who have worked to relight the signs.