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Vintage Matchbooks From Classic L.A. Places: Hop Louie (AKA The Golden Pagoda)

A peek into my crazy huge collection of L.A. matchbooks: Hop Louie (AKA The Golden Pagoda)

Gangster Squad’s Second Take

Lights, camera, and a change of action: The noir crime drama Gangster Squad was originally set for release last September, but after the horrific events in Aurora, Colorado, during the screening of The Dark Knight Rises in July, a grisly shoot-out sequence filmed inside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (which was featured in Squad’s pre-Dark Knight trailer) seemed in bad taste. Warner Bros. decided to move the release date to January 11 and remove the scene altogether. In the revised version Grauman’s is out and Chinatown is in.

Duck Noodle Soup at E-Sea Fresh Noodle Is No Lame Duck

In a sketchy part of Chinatown that has few dining options that are both convenient *and* good, Eddie Lin finds E-Sea Fresh to be a nice noodle-slurping sanctuary.

Cheech Marin

My dad’s early beat when he was a cop was downtown L.A.—Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Olvera Street—so that’s where I grew up, and at night he’d bring me home different...