Friday, October 24, 2008

Los Angeles Noir Tour

If you're burned out on cemetery tours and haunted houses--but still fascinated by the dark side--there's a hard-boiled tour of Los Angeles' Film Noir sites on November 9th. This is a self-guided event; you buy your ticket and show up between 10 am and 4 pm at the different sites, and a docent tells you all about it.

What sites? Places dark and sleazy, reeking of cheap booze, cheaper women, and Humphrey Bogart's aftershave. Places like:

  • The Formosa Cafe, where (in LA Confidential) Lana Turner and Johnny Stompanato hung out
  • Philip Marlowe's office--or at least the Security Trust and Savings Building, where Raymond Chandler put Marlowe. A noir photo exhibit will be set up here, too.
  • The Warner Brothers lot where The Maltese Falcon was filmed in 1941
  • Scenes from Double Indemnity, like the Mulholland Dam at the Hollywood Reservoir and the Glendale RR Depot

LA-NOIR-chitecture is a one-time event and runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, November 9th. Tickets must be purchased by the previous Friday, the 7th.

The tour is $30 (discounted if you're a member of LA Conservancy) and Reservations are Required! (There's actually a good reason for that--Warner Bros won't let anyone onto the lot if they're not on The List.)

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