Elks Lodge No. 99 / Park Plaza Hotel (1930/2009)

Looking at the Elks Lodge from the east side in the middle of MacArthur Park. The building is from 1925 and by architect Claud Beelman. If you are lucky, there will be a nice guard who will let you in and look around. The interior is as spectacular as the exterior. MacArthur Park seems to be much nicer (understatement) than it was in the 90's when I worked in the area. I didn't see one person shooting up heroin. Mostly just a lot of family's and kids playing soccer.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elks_Lodge_No._99_/_Par k_Plaza_Hotel

 

This page has a list of movies that were filmed in this building:

www.movielanddirectory.com/tour-location.cfm?location=219...

 

It's not listed on that page but the swimming pool in Cocoon is in the basement of this building. It's where they had those strange alien egg things in the movie.

  • Benjamin Page PRO 5y

    la is nothing short of amazing ... finding new things/ places everyday.
    thanks again. i have been living here for 19 years (since a kid) and all i wanted it to do from 18-24yo was to leave la.
    than i finally got to see the world and realized how wonderful this city is.
  • jeff bridges PRO 5y

    Well, to be fair, the north side of the lake was drained sometime in the 70's (I think) and was just part of the park. The new soccer fields and camera's everywhere are a vast improvement. I used to walk across the park in the 90's to get to work every morning and it was a scary walk every day with people shooting up and gangs running around everywhere. At least now there are families using the park and there is grass instead of just dirt. Plus, they've started restoring some of the old buildings that still exist. However, it would be nice to go back in time for a day and just see how the park felt before Wilshire finally cut through in 1934 and it was just one big spring fed lake.
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