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5 Art Deco Venues

The Edison
The Edison
Photo: Courtesy of the Edison

Open since 1930, the Pantages Theatre is a glorious ode to its Art Deco past with ornate gold-leaf ceilings and a stunning lobby. 

A noir favorite that opened in 1939, the Formosa Cafe has been a watering hole for stars from Ava Gardner to Brad Pitt. Celebrity photos from Elvis to Bono surround two dimly lit bars and deep red leather booths. 

Never a casino in the gaming sense, the Catalina Casino graces nearly every postcard from Catalina Island. Built in 1929, the 12-story circular Art Deco building houses a ballroom and theater with arching 50-foot ceilings, Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, and raised seating. 

Built in 1939, Union Station features inlaid marble floors, intricate tile work, and elaborate wood accents throughout, including the restaurant, ticket concourse, and Fred Harvey Room with its horse-shoe bar. 

The 14,000-square-foot Edison is located in the first privately owned power plant in Los Angeles. Blending with original industrial artifacts, the designers used Art Deco inspiration for the faded wall murals, Edison light fixtures, and custom-designed leather furniture. 

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