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View Poll Results: What landmark?
Hollywood Sign 9 18.75%
Grauman's Chinese Theatre 2 4.17%
Walk of the Stars 0 0%
Hollywood Bowl 5 10.42%
Griffith Park Observatory 9 18.75%
Capitol Records Building 3 6.25%
Whiskey a go go 0 0%
Santa Monica Pier 7 14.58%
Chateau Marmont 0 0%
Other 13 27.08%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-19-2009, 02:42 PM
Location: Southern California
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Originally Posted by Mr. Mysterious View Post
Hmmmmmm, I'm gonna have to say Griiffith Park observatory that is where the Autobots dwells.
Well if we're going to go the movie route, then I'll add the US Bank Tower. If it is good enough for the aliens in Independence Day to 'park' their ship centered over it and then blow it up, it is good enough for me...

Originally Posted by Dean Trails View Post
I have always liked the Pointy Building downtown! It subbed for the Daily Planet on the old Superman TV series. It always says LA for me when ever I see it!!!
City Hall?
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:16 PM
Location: 90291
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The Hollywood Sign, because I have lived below it (within hiking distance) for most of my life. I like coming home to LAX, driving to the top of LaBrea past Inglewood, and seeing the sign across the valley, and knowing exactly where I'm going. I have a rendering of it hanging over my fireplace. It just means HOME.
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:24 PM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Another landmark, The cat face drains in the LA River just east of and parallel to the 5 near Griffith Park:

Here's one that I remember from the 1960s.

An hour ago we drove by what used to be the Malibu Sea Lion restaurant, now Dukes.

Malibu Sea Lion 1957
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:28 PM
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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Its funny, out of the list I've never been to the chateau marmont or whiskey a go go. Havent been to Dodger Stadium in 15 years probably. Long time.

Probably now, my fav is Hollywood Bowl.

The hollywood sign I dont pay much attention to.

Agree with Angels Flight downtown.
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:25 PM
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initially i had no problem with the ritz. i would drive past the ditch of a lot before it was even a skeleton. it seemed like a good spot. and even now when i emerge from 7th street metro station on the blue line i think it is a very nice building. i like the curves it has. i love the color. everything seemed fine. even when i was at ground level the other day, it seemed really nice.

but then i was riding along in my friends car, headed east bound, coming from the west side and i saw the building in a new light. i was not happy. for the first time i realized how distant it was from the rest of the other tall buildings. thats not so much the problem. it took me a while to get used to the transamerica/att building after all. my biggest qualm was that it obstructed the view of the skyline from the 10 fwy (as well as other points). it just seemed like a lonely little building. but it was a building that took away from the skyline instead of adding to it. it felt very seperate.

since i noticed this i have sought other vantage points. and in some it seems to work, tho it looks smaller and not really memorable form those perspectives.

it just doesnt seem right. maybe when its done it will add some drama to the skyline, but as of now, the ritz is not very pleasing, aesthetically.

Originally Posted by happ View Post
I have gone a few times to the Chinese\ El Capitan [live pre-shows w/ Twinkle Bell on a wire overhead ] the Egyptian\ Cinerama, etc because they are great theaters. I can take the trains into Hollywood so traffic\parking are non-issues. Otherwise I go to local movie theaters.

I'd like to know what your misgivings are with the LA-Live hotels?
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:48 AM
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I lived in LA for 20+ years, then moved to the east coast. Seeing LA landmarks in a movie or on the news tugs at my heart, but some are more stirring than others.

Believe it or not, the one that always gets me is any overhead shot of the freeway. I love trying to guess what intersections are being driven through when they show car chases or a traffic report. A long camera pan down the 405 makes me downright sentimental.

Also, overhead shots of the beaches, especially when they show a distinct feature like Marina del Ray. The Manhattan Beach Pier makes it into all sorts of commercials--I love seeing that.
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:59 PM
Location: los angeles
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The Observatory was featured in an old movie, Rebel without a Cause, with the deceased actor, James Dean. That movie was the first time I ever saw the Observatory [I was raised in Chico] but every time I go up to the Observatory I think of that movie.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:45 AM
Location: Glendale/Los Angeles
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These are all basically hollywood places.. my vote is for Olvera Street
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:39 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by Tasksgirl View Post
These are all basically hollywood places.. my vote is for Olvera Street
Another good one, it is what Los Angeles was all about many years ago and filled with history...I never thought of that..

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Old 03-23-2009, 10:24 AM
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The La Brea Tar Pits, and there once was a place called POP.
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