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Was the Formosa Cafe ever a real railroad car?

Quit looking for Lana Turner, put down your Singapore Sling, and mosey to the back room of this classic Old Hollywood hangout.  Along the west wall you'll see the...

On Saturdays the elevators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center stop on every floor. Why?

Because Moses said so. In the book of Exodus, the prophet orders the people of Israel to do no work on the Sabbath, including the kindling of fires. Early...

Someone told me that an old theater on downtown’s Main Street has reopened and shows only Japanese films. True?

The theater was called the Arrow when it opened in 1925. In the 1960s, it was renamed the Linda Lea and began playing Japanese films. Closed in the mid-’80s,...

The Tavis Smiley Show opens with a long shot of the L.A. skyline. What’s with the building that looks like a carton of french fries?

Sir, I’m afraid to inform you that you’ve got McDonald’s on the brain. Those aren’t french fries, they’re fireworks, and that crumpled carton is the Walt Disney Concert Hall,...

Was there something toxic in those barrels I saw stored along Forest Lawn Drive next to the cemetery?

That’s the thing about graveyards—you don’t hear the residents complaining “there goes the neighborhood.” Those roped-off 55-gallon drums you spotted didn’t contain anything poisonous, only soil samples from the...

Do you know anything about that shark poster and why it’s being plastered all over the city?

Looks like the posters you’ve seen are from a secretive artist who is trying to help save sharks in the wild. He calls himself “White Mike” and his shark...

I run around the Silver Lake Reservoir and want to know the circumference. It feels like I’m running a half marathon, but I’m thinking that it’s probably more like two miles.

Ask Chris pulled some major strings with the powers that be to figure this one out. Our esteemed councilman and running consultant Tom LaBonge volunteered to break out the...

Driving along Mulholland near Coldwater Canyon, I’ve seen a big sign on the hillside with a D painted on it. It’s in the Disney font. Does it belong to a member of the Disney family, an employee, or just a fan?

Somewhere from his deep freeze, Uncle Walt is applauding your font detection skills. Yes, that 14-foot-tall sheet metal letter is an artifact from the Happiest Place on Earth. It...

Didn’t I see live reindeer atop a building on Wilshire every Christmas? I remember it being in the early ’60s.

On Donner and Blitzen! Those were indeed living, breathing deer you saw.Throughout the ’50s and ’60s they had a rooftop perch at “The House of Tomorrow” at Wilshire and...

I’ve taken tours of Jelly Belly and Anchor Steam beer up north. Any places in the L.A. area where you can see the assembly line?

Bless you, I thought it was only my spine that tingled at the mention of loaner hard hats and clattering cans. Manufacturing has diminished around these parts, so it’s...