Eye on LA Time Capsule: Tales of LA's fascinating history


The Magic Castle
The 30,000 square foot Magic Castle has five bars, 13 performance areas for magicians and a restaurant that seats 150! Occasionally they make guest passes available with dinner reservations. Call to inquire.

The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 851-3313

Beverly Hills Witch's House
Originally built as an office and set for silent films at Willat Studios in Culver City, the Witch's House was moved to Beverly Hills and became a private residence in 1926. When the current owner started a small remodel, he ended up fully renovating and removing just about every right angle, replacing them with curves and details truly fitting of a proper Witch's House. Eye on L.A. got an exclusive, first-time look inside the iconic home which draws over 3500 trick-or-treaters every Halloween.

Beverly Hills Witch's House

516 N. Walden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Gay's Lion Farm
Gay's Lion Farm was a tourist attraction that featured over 200 lions and brought millions of visitors to El Monte almost a hundred years ago. You can still see memorabilia from Gay's Lion Farm at the El Monte Historical Museum.

Gay's Lion Farm - El Monte Historical Museum

3150 Tyler Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731
(626) 444-3813 or (626) 580-2232

Fossil Ridge Park
To learn more about the fossils found in Los Angeles, visit the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-DINO

Old Trapper's Lodge
The Old Trapper's Lodge is a sculpture garden hidden in an agricultural area of Pierce College in Woodland Hills. It is the brainchild of John Ehn, whose early life as a trapper in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is depicted in the sculptures and headstones that dot the park.

Los Angeles Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
(818) 347-0551

Clifton's Cafeteria
This legendary L.A. cafeteria is currently undergoing renovation by the owners behind another of L.A.'s iconic hotspots, The Edison.

Clifton's Cafeteria
648 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 627-1673

The Chocolate Shoppe- Batchelder Tiles
To see the beautifully preserved Batchelder tiles discovered downtown, take a walking tour with the Los Angeles Conservancy.

(213) 623-2489

Dr. Demento
From 1970-2009, the top rated Dr. Demento radio broadcast introduced listeners young and old to some of the quirkiest songs and artists of all time like "Fish Heads." Dr. Demento still does live broadcasts over the Internet, and a documentary is in the works about his life called "Under the Smogberry Trees!"


"Under the Smogberry Trees" - Meep Morp Studios

Barnes & Barnes - "Fish Heads"

Mack Sennett Studios
Built nearly 100 years ago by Hollywood pioneer Mack Sennett for his fiancé, starlet Mabel Normand, the legendary studio in Silverlake once again bears the name of the man who built it. Today, the state of the art studios are in high demand for commercials and music videos.

Mack Sennett Studios
1215 Bates Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 660-8466

Silent Theatre - Cinefamily
The Cinefamily's Silent Theatre in the Fairfax district shows silent movies the first Wednesday of every month. The Art Deco theatre first opened in 1942, and today, the Cinefamily maintains its vintage vibe by hosting special screenings, silent films accompanied by live music, as well as classics and new releases.

Silent Theatre - Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, 90036
(323) 660-8466

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[Original air date: March 29, 2014]

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