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LAPL Photo Friends “L.A. in Focus” program

Date: Saturday, February 2
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library
630 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

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.

L.A. in Focus is a FREE program presented by Photo Friends, and featuring images from the LAPL Photo Collection.