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A City of Fakes: A History of Themed Environments in Los Angeles

Exterior view of the Coca-Cola Building, located at 1334 S. Central Avenue in Los Angeles. Photograph dated June 6, 1982 (Los Angeles Herald Examiner Collection)

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

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2:00pm

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Mark Taper Auditorium

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Description:

Most cities build monuments out of stone, Los Angeles builds them out of fantasies.  From backlots to theme parks, L.A. has long been a city of imaginary worlds.  There are Mayan temples that show movies, cruise liners that bottle Coca-Cola, and Babylonian palaces that manufacture tires.  Join Zed Adams and Eric Lynxwiler on a tour of faux reality, as they chronicle the history of one of L.A.'s most distinctive contributions to 20th century architecture and design: the themed environment.  Drawing upon the photo collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, they guide you through the history of Angelenos living, working, and playing in a city of fakes.

Presented by the LAPL Photo Collection and sponsored by Photo Friends. Free and open to the public. Reservations not required.

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