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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    Here's the answer to questions about the origins of the Hyperion Theatre:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnmueller/492679301/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mister_goleta/11156589/

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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    Here's the answer to questions about the origins of the Hyperion Theatre:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnmueller/492679301/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mister_goleta/11156589/
    Victoria and I were fortunate to attend a screening of an old Rock Hudson / Katherine Hepburn film for a fund-raiser for the Los Angeles Conservancy. The screening was held at the Los Angeles Theatre. To call this edifice a "movie palace" is an understatement. Imagine the El Capitan, Pantages, Hollywood & Highland then multiply by 10. The interior is triumphant and decorated like a wedding cake. Grand staircases, elaborate ceilings and even fountains. It was amusing to watch people enter the theatre with their heads pointed upward as they were awed by the decorating.

    The theatre was almost torn down to make way for another parking lot. Apparently, the Conservancy has a deal with the present owner to "preserve" the theatre. There are no funds for restoration... just enough to keep it in its present state for now. It is a little shabby inside today. While looking for seats for the film we attended, we noticed that nobody was sitting in the boxes. I guess people assumed the boxes were reserved. They weren't. We enjoyed the film from a grand box seat. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a balancing act since the seats, for some reason, are no longer screwed to the floor.
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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    [quote=Tom Chaney;2132917]Victoria and I were fortunate to attend a screening of an old Rock Hudson / Katherine Hepburn film for a fund-raiser for the Los Angeles Conservancy. The screening was held at the Los Angeles Theatre. To call this edifice a "movie palace" is an understatement. Imagine the El Capitan, Pantages, Hollywood & Highland then multiply by 10. The interior is triumphant and decorated like a wedding cake. Grand staircases, elaborate ceilings and even fountains. It was amusing to watch people enter the theatre with their heads pointed upward as they were awed by the decorating.quote]

    What was the name of the movie? and/or what year was the movie made?
    What a wonderful setting to see a grand ole movie in. Good for you and Victoria to have enough sense to sit in the boxes!

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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    It was "Holiday" filmed in 1938. Sony Pictures was kind enough to supply a newly restored print for the occasion.

    The L.A. Conservancy does this occasionally to raise funds for preservation of Los Angeles landmarks.
    http://www.laconservancy.org/

    Click the tab marked "Last Remaining Seats"


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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    This is a great thread.


    Off the top of my head, I don't have anything to contribute here in regards to physical recreations of California landmarks. But my thread, Not that Punny: The negative effects of Disney's California Advenuture's wordplay, discusses the background and whatnot of a lot of the puns found in DCA.

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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Chaney View Post
    It was "Holiday" filmed in 1938. Sony Pictures was kind enough to supply a newly restored print for the occasion.



    The L.A. Conservancy does this occasionally to raise funds for preservation of Los Angeles landmarks.


    Click the tab marked "Last Remaining Seats"



    Thanks for answering both questions, I love the old movies!
    Speaking of which, too bad there is not some of the old movie shorts being shown in DCA, as homage to the old hollywood.

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    Here is a picture of the Cabazon dinosaurs off the 10 Fwy towards Palm Springs. I think they were featured in a PeeWee Herman movie a well as the movie "The Wizard" with Fred Savage. You can actually go inside the Brontosaurus (is that what the long dino is called???) and they have a gift shop with your typical touristy stuff. The T-Rex is open occasionally, but there is a charge to go inside, I think they show a movie or something.
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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    Does this piece of the Pantages Theatre look familiar?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tejana/103942154/

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    The design of the planters in the arrival plaza is clearly inspired by "Nuestro Pueblo" ("Watts Towers").

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2602360...7594436304012/


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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kath2188 View Post
    Folks, will the Real California Zephyr please take a bow:
    Not sure if you're being sarcastic, but long before Amtrak was even the spark of an idea in a corrupt congressman's mind, there was, indeed, the "real" California Zephyr:



    It was a joint venture between three western railroads--not just the Western Pacific. Its most famous feature, as seen here, were the "vista domes" that allowed spectacular views of the passing scenery.

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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    While I do like the idea of replacing the "California Zephyr" with the "California Limited", I'd like to see the former train moved to another part of the park.

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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    The architecture of the Hollywood Tower Hotel was inspired by the revival styles that swept California in the early 20th century.
    The hotel is modeled after the style of such landmarks as the Mission Inn (Riverside, CA), the Château Marmont (Hollywood, CA) (odd side story you may or may not want to add - John Belushi died of a drug overdose in one of the rooms here), and the Biltmore Hotel (Downtown Los Angeles, CA).

    Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, CA


    Mission Inn, Riverside, CA


    Biltmore, Los Angeles, CA

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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    Interestingly, one of the episodes of "The Twilight Zone" was shot at the Mission Inn in Riverside.

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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    Interestingly, one of the episodes of "The Twilight Zone" was shot at the Mission Inn in Riverside.
    Now that gives me the chills!

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    Re: Can You Identify Any of the Allusions D.C.A. Makes to Specific Places?

    Interestingly also, there is a real Hollywood Tower Hotel which looks nothing like the one in DCA
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