Anthony Quinn ‘Pope of Broadway’ Mural to be Restored

Los Angeles Times

“The Pope of Broadway” will be getting a face-lift.


The famed mural of actor Anthony Quinn, which artist Eloy Torrez painted in 1985 on the side of the Victor Clothing Building on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, looms over a parking lot with Quinn’s arms outstretched, Jesus-like, with crosses beneath them; his suit is rumpled, and he looks weary.

As does the mural itself: It is sun-faded and cracked, with moisture damage, swaths of peeling paint and bits of graffiti.

On Wednesday morning, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles and Councilman Jose Huizar will hold a news conference to announce a restoration project that will bring “The Pope” back to life.

Katherine Quinn