In Plain Sight

How Not To Exit A Parking Garage

One more fun one from the Biltmore, where I’ve spent the past week prepping/filming… Swing around to the Grand Ave side… Look above the arched entrance… And you’ll notice a patched section of bricks about the size of a car: As it turns out, this isn’t a coincidence – on the other side is the hotel’s parking garage. I’m told ... Read More »

Scouting The Tower of Terror in Los Angeles

Last week, I was scouting the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles when I suddenly got the strangest feeling… As I was taking pictures of the lobby, with its gorgeous Moorish Revival vaulted ceiling, a thought hit me without warning: I’ve been here before. Except I hadn’t. This was my first visit to the Biltmore – and yet something ... Read More »

Philip Marlowe’s Los Angeles: Tracking Down The Real 1930s Locations of Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep

Your name’s Marlowe. You’re a private detective. The year is 1939, the city is Los Angeles, and you’re about to embark on one of the most famous murder mysteries in history: The Big Sleep. The best part of your hard-boiled adventures? The Los Angeles locations you refer to are all real. Oh, sure, you use fake street names and addresses, ... Read More »

A Typical Los Angeles Home With A Minor Dinosaur Infestation

Last week, I was finishing up some house scouting, and found myself on a perfectly nice-looking residential street. As I was walking down the block, something very odd suddenly happened to catch my eye… Up on the roof across the street, was that… Er, yes – it was a dinosaur… And not the only one, in fact! This is 4308 ... Read More »

When Your Local Barnes & Noble Is In A 1930s Art Deco Movie Theater

Last week, I was doing some scouting around Studio City (yup, already back to work!), and every time I drove down Ventura… …I found myself admiring the simple but beautiful art deco movie theater near Laurel Canyon, which almost feels like an anchor to the neighborhood: Except it’s not a movie theater, as I realized when I got out to ... Read More »