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Member Spotlight Helen Ramirez

By Derek Richardson

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Helen Ramirez is the former Chair of the Last Remaining Seats (LRS) Committee since and a Conservancy member since 2009. Born and raised in El Sereno, CA to Guatemalan parents, she says “I love being from Guatemala, and I love being from Los Angeles.” Here’s on the Conservancy, Last Remaining Seats, and preservation.

DR: What are some of your favorite historic places in the San Gabriel Valley?

HR: The Heritage Square Museum is at the top of my list, followed by the Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena. I also never miss a chance to drive on the Colorado Street Bridge, especially at night.

DR: 2022 marks Last Remaining Seats’ 34th season. Why do you think this series remains so popular?

HR: I think it’s a great way to get a glimpse of the past. To be in a grand theatre watching a classic film, it’s an immersive experience that can transport you to a more elegant time in the history of L.A.

DR: What is your favorite memory from attending LRS?

HR: Being at the Orpheum with my brother, sister, and nephew, who was 6 at the time, watching Laurel and Hardy. I loved being able to share this amazing piece of film history with my nephew especially. He’s older now and still remembers that day, especially the pie fight scene!

DR: What is a preservation issue or historical place that is important to you and why?

HR: I would really like to talk more about the historic significance the Hispanic community has had on this city from its inception until now. My dream would be to have a historic foodie tour where we combine L.A. history with different foods from all Latin cultures to tell a story that fills your heart and stomach.

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