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ESOTOURIC TOURS PRESENTS: Raymond Chandler's Noir Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour

April 13, 2024

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Join Esotouric for an immersive time travel trip in the footsteps of master detective novelist Raymond Chandler and his cynical alter ego Philip Marlowe, in the historic heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

Chicago-born and educated in a fine English boarding school, Chandler found his literary voice during long boozy lunches as a 1920s oil company executive, quietly observing the criminal origins of great Los Angeles fortunes. Although he left Downtown in the 1930s and found success with fiction and screenwriting, the old neighborhood cast an abiding spell and he returned to it throughout his career.

This tour explores some of the time capsule sites where the young Chandler worked and played, and where the mature writer set some of his most memorable and murderous scenes. From Angels Flight Railway and old Bunker Hill to the Oviatt Building, Clifton’s Cafeteria to seedy hotels on the edge of Skid Row, we’ll bring Chandler’s real and invented worlds alive on a stroll among beautiful, fascinating landmarks.

This walking tour is illustrated with rare photos you can view on your smartphone.

Tour begins at 10:30am sharp, with check-in time 10am at the patio outside Grand Central Market at 324 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Please arrive on time and proceed to the check in table to get signed in and logged in to the smartphone slideshow.

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