There are a lot of movies set here in L.A. But none captures the noir-and-sunshine surreality of the City of Angels quite like Chinatown.
So in honor of that movie’s 40th anniversary — released this day in 1974 — we’ve created The Chinatown Trip: a curated series of hikes, bikes, dine-outs and more inspired by the movie.
No, we’re not sending you to the actual Chinatown. The name’s a metaphor. The villain, Noah Cross, alludes to that fact when he says, “You may think you know what’s going on, but you don’t.”
Corollary: people think L.A. is a sprawling concrete jungle — but they’re wrong. Here’s what’s in our series:
Biking to an outdoor movie theater (screening Chinatown, natch)
Hiking to a hidden beach
Kayaking a newly opened stretch of the L.A. River
Plus other events and experiences that take place where the movie was shot.
So grab your gal and get out there.
Nota bene: for event more Chinatown locations, check out every spot on Curbed LA’s The Ultimate Chinatown Filming Location Map of Los Angeles.
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