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January 7, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
WHEN it comes to architecture over the last few centuries, ambition has typically been expressed through height. Designers, companies or even nations intending to announce themselves do so with glittering facades or chest-beating, gravity-defying skyscrapers. They don't dig holes. But the underground seems to be getting an image upgrade of late. Several recent projects -- the expanded Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, George Washington's Mount Vernon, the U.S.
November 16, 2006
Thank you for the coverage of the Griffith Observatory reopening ["Home of the Real Stars," Nov. 2]. The following should be added to the list of movies filmed at the observatory: the cliffhanger serial "The Phantom Empire." It was produced by Mascot Pictures in 1935, right after the observatory was completed. It featured Gene Autry in his first starring role. It was the only western/science fiction serial ever made. The observatory stood in for the underground city of Murania. The observatory's copper roof and Art Deco wall were used for background.
November 9, 2006
Am I the only one upset by the Griffith Observatory's new entrance fee ["The Heavens Open Up to L.A. Again," Nov. 2]? The city has taken a free Los Angeles institution for the last 70 years and through gimmickry has found a way to extract money from its citizens. Shuttle charges for a family of four are $24 (depending on the children's ages). This stinks. Few things are free nowadays, but by promoting the observatory as free in accordance with the spirit of Mr. Griffith's wishes is wrong.
November 8, 2006 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
They traveled 8 miles and climbed 842 feet peddling their plan to reach for the stars. But a pair of Hollywood newlyweds who helped convince City Hall to overturn a ban on bicycles at the remodeled Griffith Observatory contend cyclists still have light-years to go to reach their destination.
November 5, 2006 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, GREGORY RODRIGUEZ is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
URBAN THEORISTS tell us that Los Angeles is a multipolar city, and of course they're right. This vast megalopolis does not revolve around a single political and financial center in the same way that more traditional cities do. Still, the hoopla over the reopening last week of the Griffith Observatory reminds us that, despite the pretensions of the Westside and the economic power of the suburbs, the cultural heart of our region lies within the historic core of the city of Los Angeles.
November 4, 2006 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
As soon as Jacques Dupinac heard that Griffith Observatory would reopen to the public Friday after its nearly five-year, $93-million makeover, the Barstow resident jumped online to book one of the first shuttle buses that would take visitors up to the domed landmark. His was scheduled to leave the Hollywood & Highland Center at 11:30 a.m. for the noon opening. This fan of "all things that leave you in awe and wonder" wanted to be the first to set foot on uncharted territory.
November 2, 2006 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
With the Griffith Observatory finally set to reopen Friday after a restoration and expansion project that stretched nearly five years and cost $93 million, it's time for a quick round of Pick Your Astronomical Metaphor. There is, for starters, the expanding-universe theory of Los Angeles architecture, which holds that when the observatory was finished in 1935, its outward-looking design and hillside perch perfectly suited a city whose growth seemed limitless.
November 2, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
THE pristine lawn spreads before you like a quad that's misplaced its college. The six smart guys of the Astronomers Monument glower stonily in your general direction. Beyond them waits the triple-domed Griffith Observatory, our freshly squeegeed window to the universe, or, as observatory director Edwin C. Krupp likes to say, "the hood ornament of Los Angeles."
October 30, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
AS a group, astronomers have been known to disagree now and again. But they long ago reached consensus on a name for the persistent and singular phenomenon that was first sighted at Griffith Observatory in 1969. They call it Ed. From more than three decades of observation, Los Angeles sky watchers know this phenomenon's appearance is typically heralded by the approach of an aged turquoise Chevrolet Camaro.
October 29, 2006 | Jim Newton, Times Staff Writer
There is something about the Griffith Observatory, which reopens this week after a four-year renovation, that makes it more than mere landmark, something akin to an exemplar of Los Angeles itself. The observatory was the indirect outgrowth of a scandal, kissed by criminality. It was willed into existence by grand ambition, delayed by politics, hashed out in the courts and then, at last, it came of age in gilded splendor: a fan favorite that drew millions in its first years.
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