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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)


Saturday, February 02, 2013




Mark Taper Auditorium




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.