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Union Station is showing free screenings of vintage films shot on site

Written by
Brittany Martin

Union Station is getting in on the film screenings series game—with a special focus on Film Noir classics. The selections are sure to look especially at home in the historic Art Deco building because each film includes scenes shot at Union Station.

For the first showing, on October 7, they’ll be playing the 1950 thriller Union Station (of course). L.A.’s favorite depot and the gritty streets of Downtown L.A. served the backdrop locations for a story of cops on the tail of a psychopathic kidnapper—though they must have cropped out any palm trees because the story itself is set in Chicago.

The other upcoming films in the series announced so far include Criss Cross on November 4 and Too Late for Tears on December 2. Film Noir at Union Station is curated by historian and author Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation, a non-profit that works to find and preserve the film reels from this influential—and iconically L.A.—cinema era.

Too Late for Tears is one of the Foundation’s own archival restoration projects. Almost all of the 35mm film prints had been lost to time when the Foundation sourced one and repaired the disintegrating celluloid—which should make it all the more special to catch the film when it makes this rare big-screen appearance. 

Film Noir at Union Station film screenings take place October 7, November 4 and December 2 at 8pm in the historic ticketing hall of Union Station. Admission is free, with first-come, first-served seating.   

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