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The cultural capital of USA - Los Angeles – never ceases to attract travelers by dozens of iconic architectural and cultural landmarks. Getty Museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Memorial Coliseum, and MacArthur Park is, by far, not the complete collection of objects of interest. In this review, we will try to include descriptions of the most important architectural landmarks of Los Angeles. We accompany them with interesting facts, colorful photographs, and 3D virtual tours. These 3D tours allow you observing the landmarks from a bird’s eye view. Simply turn on the HD video and enjoy the flight!

Getty Museum, Los Angeles

» The J. Paul Getty Museum is the largest art museum in California. It’s a museum complex consisting of several buildings, each of which has world-renowned collections of paintings, sculptures, and pieces of decorative and applied arts.
»  The museum was founded thanks to oil tycoon Paul Getty’s – who by the time of his death was the richest man in the world – multibillion-dollar fortune.
»  The first-floor museum halls have ancient manuscripts and drawings as well as sculptures and works by the oldest masters of art on display. The second floor is occupied by paintings ordered chronologically.
»  The museum has an observation platform that you should definitely go up to to admire the beauty of Los Angeles.
»  It’s worth noting that the entry to the museum is free.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

» The Walt Disney Concert Hall is Los Angeles’ newest concert venue opened in 2003. It is the home stage of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
»  The construction of the concert hall was almost fully funded by the Disney family and The Walt Disney Company.
»  The acoustics of the concert hall designed for 2,265 listeners are rated very highly by many experts. As for the architecture and exterior of the building, there are different opinions about it.
»  The Walt Disney Concert Hall mainly hosts classical and jazz music concerts, but sometimes premieres of films and other events are organized here as well.
»  The Walt Disney Concert Hall ranks fifth among the wonders of contemporary architecture in North and South America.

Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

» The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a historic stadium that hosted a huge number of sports competitions, concerts, and public events.
»  The Memorial Coliseum is currently the only stadium in the world that hosted the Summer Olympics twice: in 1932 and 1984.
»  The stadium is famous for its huge size. The capacity of the stadium is about 93,000 people!
»  However, it is currently rarely used by professional sports teams. Instead, different university teams play here more and more often. But it is worth noting that college and university sports are very popular in the United States and also attract many spectators.
»  The main problem of the stadium is its layout that no longer meets modern requirements and loses to new stadiums in many ways. Moreover, the Memorial Coliseum is a national architectural monument, which means there are restrictions on its repair and modernization.

MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

» MacArthur Park named after General Douglas MacArthur is a park in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The park is a historic cultural monument.
»  The park is divided into two zones. The southern part of the park consists mainly of the lake, while the northern one has an amphitheater, a football field, and a playground.
»  The park’s amphitheater has become a popular venue for different events and concerts.
»  It's hard to believe, but in the mid-19th century, there was a swamp on the site of the present-day park. By 1890, the site was developed and turned into a recreation area. At the beginning of the 20th century, the nascent park became known as Los Angeles’ Champs-Élysées.
»  The park used to be notorious as a place where crimes often occurred. However, in recent years, the city authorities have done their best to make this place safe.

Staples Center, Los Angeles

» Staples Center is a multi-purpose sports complex opened in Los Angeles in 1999.
»  Staples Center hosts various sports competitions and other events.
»  Staples Center has been the only home arena for 5 professional sports teams.
»  The size of the multi-purpose sports complex is impressive. Staples Center occupies an area of almost 90,000 square meters. The size of the arena is 28.7 m by 61 m by 45.7 m.
»  The capacity of the arena is 20,000 spectators for concerts, 18,997 fans for basketball matches, and 18,118 for hockey and football matches.

Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

» The Hollywood Bowl is a world-famous amphitheater with a capacity of 18,000 spectators.
»  It is the largest amphitheater in the USA.
»  It hosts different kinds of ceremonial and public events (for example, President’s speeches), commemorative concerts, operas, symphonies, and plays.
»  In summer, beautiful fireworks displays can be seen over the amphitheater during concerts.
»  A ticket to a concert or other event in the Hollywood Bowl usually costs from $1 to $100. However, rehearsals are often held here in the morning, and they can be watched for free!

TCL Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles

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Facts: » TCL Chinese Theatre is a movie theater located on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
»  Premieres of many Hollywood films are traditionally shown here.
»  There’s the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the cinema and the area where hand- and footprints left by different movie stars are present. However, unlike on the Walk of Fame, it’s the owners of the cinema who choose whose prints appear there.
»  The very first footprint was left here by silent film star Norma Talmadge who accidentally stepped on wet concrete near the theater.
»  Charlie Chaplin, Jack Nicholson, Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Al Pacino, Michael Jackson, and many other famous movie stars left their prints on the Walk of Fame.
»  Since 2013, the Chinese Theatre has undergone major changes and renovations: for example, video and audio equipment was updated, the seats in the hall were replaced, etc. The theater shows films in IMAX 3D and displays costumes of heroes from movie premieres in the lobby.
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