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L.A. Culture By Dark | Top 5 Ways To Take In The City Of Angels
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L.A. Culture By Dark | Top 5 Ways To Take In The City Of Angels

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Updated: 11 December 2015
During the summer, venturing out after dark offers unique ways to see Los Angeles and stay cool. You don’t have to be a star to gain after-hours access to a museum exhibit (cocktail party included) or studio back lot. Explore the city and leave the sticky sunblock at home with these five nighttime adventures.
Bunker Hill Area at Night | © LA Street Photography/Meetup.com
Bunker Hill Area at Night | © LA Street Photography/ Meetup.com
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Modern By Moonlight Walking Tour

The LA Conservancy is putting a nighttime twist on the Modern Skyline walking tour. Modern By Moonlight explores the skyscrapers and plazas of Bunker Hill in the soft glow of twilight. From the Bunker Hill Steps, to the parallelogram-shaped bases of the Wells Fargo Center, to the futuristic Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, see the modern high rise resurgence of downtown Los Angeles and beat the 9-5 (walking and texting) crowd. Tours run until September 3rd.

Modern By Moonlight, LA Conservancy, 523 W. Sixth St., Suite 826, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +213 623 2489

The Beach House at Sunset | © Yelp.com
The Beach House at Sunset | © Yelp.com
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Sunset Swim

Originally developed in the 1920s by William Randolph for actress Marion Davies, the Annenberg Beach House was the site of an elegant 110-room mansion designed by architect Julia Morgan. The estate hosted stars, including Clark Gable, Cary Grant, and Gloria Swanson. The historic pool and guesthouse were restored and reopened to the public in 2009. Take in the ambiance with no exclusive club membership required. On August 14th and September 11th the pool is open from 6pm to 9pm for an adults-only pool party.

Sunset Swim, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +310 458-4904

Stones Members Montage | © Wikipedia
Stones Members Montage | © Wikipedia
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Friday Night Rock Docs

The Friday Night Rock Docs series celebrates the most legendary moments in rock n’ roll. The evening events feature screenings of iconic rock documentaries, DJ sets, and after-hours access to the exhibition. It is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution (until October 11th). Featuring hits like Jumpin’ Jack Flash rock documentary Let’s Spend the Night Together will be screened on August 21st at 8 pm.

Friday Night Rock Docs Series, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 440 4500

Universal Studios Tram © Prayinto/Flickr
Universal Studios Tram | © Prayinto/Flickr
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Nighttime Studio Tour

Experience Hollywood’s most famous back lot by moonlight. Keep your cool as you are caught in the middle of a 35-foot T-Rex versus 3-D King Kong face-off as part of the King Kong 360 3-D created by director Peter Jackson. The award-winning visual effects of this new 3-D finale (and King Kong ride) and expanded nighttime hours are all part of Universal Studios’ $1.6 billion revamp. Traverse historical soundstages surrounded by the equivalent of 16 movie screens and see movie magic under the stars. The Nighttime Studio Tour runs nightly until August 17th, then weekend evenings until September 13th.

Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA, USA, +1 800 864 8377

Griffith Observatory at Night | © Ron Reiring/Flickr
Griffith Observatory at Night | © Ron Reiring/Flickr
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Griffith Observatory: Open for Star Gazers and Night Owls

This art deco landmark from 1935 is a high-tech planetarium with free public telescopes, as well as spectacular city views. Check out the lightning-like sparks of the Tesla Coil exhibit inside, view a Samual Oschin Planetarium show under an aluminum dome, or star gaze with outdoor telescopes. Wind down with a serene view of downtown LA and the Hollywood sign until 9:45pm most nights.

Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 (213) 473-0800