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Movie Theaters: Awesome Alamo Drafthouse Theater Coming to FiDi's The Bloc

Oops, sorry Medallion: the awesome Alamo Drafthouse theater, known for its pro-beer, anti-cell-phone policies, will be opening up their new Downtown theater in the Financial District's The Bloc instead of at the Historic Core apartment complex, as previously planned....

Video Interlude: Take a Video Tour Around the LAPL's Enormous "Map Cave"

Holy cartography, Mapman! (No one in this video says that, but that's a missed opportunity.) In this first episode of what we hope will be a long series from the LA Public Library and its map librarian Glen Creason,...

Office Spaces: Inside the Real-Life Sandcrawler Lucasfilm Built in Singapore

Photo via Arch Daily With all the talk about the $1B vanity museum that George Lucas is bringing to Chicago, it's worth stopping for a moment to consider the fact that the Star Wars creator has already plucked a moving...

The Printed Page: Pitch-Black Hamptons Abode is Full of Leather and Violence

How does Mies look in black? Klein decorated his master bedroom with a pair of van der Rohe sofas and a Blackman Cruz cocktail table. Photo by Steven Klein/Architectural Digest Off in the Hamptons, where beachy vs. elegant is a...

DevelopmentWatch: Pricey, Boring Homes Headed to Fairfax/Sawyer in Mid-City

The destiny of the ten-acre site on which the historic KHJ radio towers once stood has been revealed. "America's largest new home builder" D.R. Horton recently broke ground on land at Sawyer...

The Weather : Rain Closes LA River Rec Areas, Summons Mud People

The wacky weather continued over the weekend, creating some jaw-dropping sunsets and bringing a bit of needed rain to LA. But rain means runoff, and runoff means the LA River is temporarily gross. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority...

Cornerspotter: Cornerspotted: The Valley Music Theater in Woodland Hills

Hats off to BrianSorensen, the first to correctly guess our melodious Cornerspotter this week: the Valley Music Theater. This photo kicked off some great stories in the comments about the band featured in the photo--the boys were in Dino,...

Take Olympic: Watch Lionel Richie and a UFO Dazzle the 1984 LA Olympics

The truth was out there. The landmark 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles kicked off 30 years ago this week; with their tight budget and heavy sponsorship, they changed the way Olympics are run, and they also brought us...

Century Crunch: Your Guide to Surviving This Weekend's LAX Traffic Nightmare

Weekend travelers take heed: there's some serious business going down at the airport this weekend. The Century Crunch should have been called the Century Crumble because it centers on the demolition of an old bridge over Century and Aviation...

Offices Spaces (of the Future): Apparently the Office of the Future is a Giant Boulder

Image via Co.Exist The jury's still out on whether sitting at a desk all day, like most things in life, is slowly killing you. But the Amsterdam-based architects of RAAAF have teamed up with artist Barbara Visser to take the...

Video Interlude: Drone Video Reveals the Parts of DTLA You Can't Usually See

Sure, drones are always spying or dropping bombs on people, but they're also always shooting super-dope videos of stuff we wouldn't otherwise see. (A real mixed blessing!) Thank god, Downtowner Ian Wood has gone with Use Two in this...

Celebrity Real Estate: Robin Thicke is Selling His Bird Streets Home for $3 Million

Now that "Blurred Lines" singer/creeper Robin Thicke and his wife, actress Paula Patton, are calling it quits, their Hollywood Hills house is hitting the market, reports Variety. Built in 1965, the house was first purchased in 1990 by TV...

Video Interlude: Watch Skateboarders Travel on Totally Deserted LA Freeways

Anyone who's made a 4 am trip to LAX has made the discovery that there are always cars on the freeway in Los Angeles somewhere. Is that what makes this rather cinematic video—of skateboarders careening across deserted overpasses and...

Farmers' Markets: Lame LA Wants to Shut Down the Marijuana Farmers' Market

The highly sensitive city attorney is dead set on harshing the mellow new marijuana farmers' market in Boyle Heights and the people (with prescriptions) who love it: he's seeking a restraining order ("for many reasons — from the violation...

Abandonment Issues: Buy Philly's Storied, 'Cannablized' Lynnewood Hall For $20M

Photos by Laura Kicey The largest surviving Gilded Age mansion in the Philly area hit the market yesterday asking $20M without a single interior photo to the listing. Which is understandable, because by...

Video Interlude: Watch: Exploring the Spooky Abandoned Hawthorne Mall

In episode 16 of Tom Explores Los Angeles, Tom goes inside the abandoned Hawthorn Plaza mall in the City of Hawthorne. Closed for 15 years, the husk of the building is all that's left of the indoor mall that...

Architectural Craziness: This Grounded Boat is Actually an Eco-Friendly Restaurant

Photo via Inhabitat Getting washed ashore and permanently grounded doesn't have to mean the end of the line for a seafaring vessel. Some, like the Florida Keys houseboat-turned-beach house of hotelier Conrad Hilton, go on command heft multi-million-dollar asking prices,...

Video Interlude: A Primer on Lakewood, the "Archetype of the American Suburb"

It's hard to imagine, but there was once a time when houses were built to be affordable. The post-WWII planned community of Lakewood had 17,500 single-family houses all mass-produced assembly-line-style, completed in under three years, and sold for what...

Flexmls for iPhone v1.0.4 – Talking Back to Your MLS

Apple has been reviewing and approving new versions faster than usual, so I’m pleased to report that Flexmls for iPhone version 1.0.4 is available for download. This new version includes the ability to start a listing search using the quick launch, which I wrote about a few days ago. That post [...]

Video Interlude: A Video Exploration of the Cornfield, One of LA's Most Historically Important Sites

The intrepid webseries Tom Explores Los Angeles often spotlights the under-the-radar or forgotten places like San Pedro's Sunken City or South LA's Manchester Square, but this time, Tom heads to the well-known LA State Historic Park in Chinatown (colloquially...

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