Los Angeles is a city where glamour and style are timeless. As the Donmar Warehouse prepares to revisit 1940s LA with its new show, City of Angels, we pick 10 locations that still exude old-school allure
Created by the same architectural firm (Schultze and Weaver) that went on to design New York’s Waldorf Astoria, the Biltmore (established in 1923) set the grand standard of west-coast hotel glamour for decades. Although refurbished, it still offers reliable transportation back to the days when it hosted the Oscars (on eight occasions between 1931 and 1942) and prepared the presidential suite for actual US presidents. The mashed-up Spanish-conquistador slash Roman-mythological design scheme is overblown, to say the least, extending from Crystal Ballroom to cavernous Gallery Bar. Black Dahlia victim Elizabeth Short was reportedly seen in the lobby, in January 1947, shortly before she was murdered.
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