Lost Landmarks

Sign of the Times IV: Sensation, Scandal and Salvation at Westlake Theater

Next to the bustling MacArthur Park, the once vibrant interiors of the Westlake Theater are now silent. But all around it, there is life.

About the Author

Hadley Meares is a writer, actress and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel "Absolutely" is now available on Amazon.
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Valhalla Memorial Park and Portal of the Folded Wings: The Criminal Beginnings of a Burbank Burial Ground

Valhalla Memorial Park and Portal of the Folded Wings: The Criminal Beginnings of a Burbank Burial Ground

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The Figueroa Hotel: The Surprising Feminist Origins of a Sexy Downtown Staple

The Figueroa Hotel: The Surprising Feminist Origins of a Sexy Downtown Staple

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Beverly Park and Ponyland: The 'Kiddieland' that Inspired Walt Disney

Beverly Park and Ponyland: The 'Kiddieland' that Inspired Walt Disney

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At Westwood Village Memorial Park, the spirits of those who have left are celebrated in an elegant and graceful way; one hopes that the owners of the cemetery will preserve the int ...
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Phil Spector's Pyrenees Castle: The Fairytale Castle that Became Home to a Nightmare

Phil Spector's Pyrenees Castle: The Fairytale Castle that Became Home to a Nightmare

From its inception, the castle was a building begging for a legend. Almost eighty years after its construction, it finally got its wish. And it got it in spades.
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