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Old Posted Jun 24, 2009, 1:36 AM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
This was labeled Old Chinatown destroyed.
So, this area in the foreground is now Union Station? Is that correct?

I just noticed the buildings at the extreme bottom right are missing their roofs.
You are correct, the area in the extreme foreground is now Union Station. The street in front is Alameda Street, and those buildings ahead of Alameda were knocked down and are now landscaping and onramps to the 101 Hollywood/Santa Ana Freway. Old Chinatown started being demolished around 1933, I believe, and Union Station opened in 1939.

I have a really interesting book called "Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin." A very fascinating book. Old Chinatown was used in a number of Chaplin's early silents. Harold Lloyd also used this area in his silent films. It shows stills from the films from different parts of Los Angeles, and what the areas look like today.
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