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Join us as we go down the mean streets that shaped his fiction, and that in turn shaped his hard-boiled times, in a four hour tour of downtown, Hollywood and surrounding environs: The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Musso & Frank, the Hotel Van Nuys, Paramount Studio’s gates, and much, much more, including a Chandler-themed gelato stop at East Hollywood cult favorite Scoops.
Through published work, private correspondence, screenplays and film adaptations, we trace Chandler’s search for meaning and his anti-hero Philip Marlowe’s struggle to not be pigeonholed or give anything less than all he has, which lead them both down the rabbit hole of isolation, depression, and drink.
DEPARTURE LOCATION: Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014 MAP
DEPARTURE TIME: Check in is at 11:00AM for a 11:30AM sharp departure. The tour is from 11:30AM - 3:30PM. Your name will be on a list at the bus door. Call 213-915-8687 if you get lost.
For additional tour information (non-tour days) call 213-373-1947.
We encourage passengers to arrive early at the Los Angeles Athletic Club for a late breakfast in their dining room. This will allow you ample time to commune in a space Raymond Chandler visited often when he was an oil company executive across the street. Check in for the tour is 11:00AM, so we recommend getting there for breakfast no later than 10.30AM. The price per person for the buffet breakfast is $15.50 (including taxes and gratuity), and the buffet includes juices, cereals, fruits, waffles, omelettes to order, etc. Our group will gather to begin the tour in the lounge adjacent to the dining room, so diners at the end of their meal will be well situated to be checked in. Anyone not having breakfast will simply go to the lounge by 11:00AM.
MORE INFO: Food and drink are permitted and suggested; no audio or video-taping without permission. We regret that there are no refunds for passengers who miss the bus.
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