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Downtown rebirth

March 27, 2008 |  7:50 am


March 27, 1938
Los Angeles


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Above, plans to modernize Philharmonic Auditorium at 5th Street and Olive, across from Pershing Square and on a diagonal from the Biltmore. And yes, today it's a parking lot.

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A postcard of the new auditorium in a photograph looking east from 5th and Olive, with what is now Pershing Square on the right. Note the streetcar and notice especially how narrow 5th Street is.


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A later view of Philharmonic Auditorium as seen from Pershing Square.

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And an undated view of the auditorium's interior.

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A photograph of Pershing Square and the remodeled auditorium. As pointed out by Nathan Marask, this angle was used for one of the shots in the opening sequence of "Double Indemnity."

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Philharmonic Auditorium and Pershing Square as seen in "Double Indemnity," 1944.

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