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The Bradbury Building in Downtown L.A.…

Lamppost and Bradbury Building escape

…2009 vs. 2019.

About two weeks ago, Miss T and I spent a hot summer’s afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles at the Bradbury Building, current home of the L.A.P.D. Internal Affairs department and future home of J.F. Sebastian in Blade Runner.

On the day we visited, it was hot, bright, and the Bradbury appeared as spic and span as the day after its 1991 renovation (the building was built in the 1890s). It looked a good deal better than Ridley Scott’s future vision of L.A., but there’re still 10 years until the events in Blade Runner take place, so one can hope.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about (and what kind of film fan are you if you don’t?), here are some Bradbury-related stills from the movie:

The completely mocked-up entrance facade.
The completely mocked-up entrance facade.

Looking across South Broadway to the Million Dollar Theater.
Looking across South Broadway to the Million Dollar Theater.

One of the two atrium elevator entrances.
One of the two atrium elevator entrances.

Looking up to the east staircase.
Looking up to the west staircase.

On the third floor, looking into the atrium.
On the third floor, looking into the atrium.

Looking up through the skylight at a passing advertising blimp.
Looking up through the skylight at a passing advertising blimp.

I actually brightened up these stills a bit, so that you can see some resemblance to the photos we shot while we were there. All of the pics are from the ground floor or the stairway first landing—sightseers aren’t allowed on the upper floors.

Looking up east staircase

We also took a walk over to Angels Flight and Grand Central Public Market. All this after a bite to eat at gr/eats, a few miles away on Sawtelle.

Take a look, if you like, via the thumbnails below or at 20 Los Angeles photos at maxpixpix on Picasa.

“It’s too bad she won’t live! But then again, who does?”

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