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Free Screening of 'Chinatown' Inside Metro’s Historic Los Angeles Union Station on Saturday, July 20


Tuesday July 09, 2013

For the first time ever, Metro and Downtown Film Festival L.A. will host a free public screening of the Oscar-winning 1974 neo-noir film Chinatown at historic Union Station on Saturday, July 20. The movie has long been hailed as one the greatest films of all time and one of the defining movies of Los Angeles, so don't miss the chance to see it in the gorgeous atmospheric setting of Union Station's old ticketing concourse. 

Film Screening Details:

Saturday, July 20
Screening begins 8:30 p.m. (doors open 8:00 p.m.)
Union Station Old Ticket Concourse
800 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

"We're thrilled to screen Chinatown in beautiful Union Station, which of course is just a stone's throw away from the film's namesake, the city's Chinatown community," said Greg Ptacek, co-director of Downtown Film Festival L.A. "The fact that we can offer this unique, immersive film experience free to the public through the generous partnership of Metro makes it that more gratifying."

The public screening of Chinatown will be the Closing Night Film of the 2013 Downtown Film Festival L.A., held July 10 - 20 in venues throughout downtown L.A. It also launches Metro's new program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic Union Station in anticipation of its 75th anniversary celebration next year. "We're so pleased to partner with Downtown Film Festival L.A. to screen such a quintessentially L.A. film and be able to provide the public with a new way to experience Union Station," said Maya Emsden, Metro Deputy Executive Officer, Creative Services.

The event is free to the public but reservations are required. Advance tickets may be reserved at

Show your Metro TAP card at check-in and get access to preferential seating and receive one free beverage.

Guests are welcome to bring picnics, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

The film was selected in part to coincide with Chinatown Summer Nights in Los Angeles, which takes place the same evening just a Metro stop away on the Gold Line. Part food event and part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights features live music, food trucks, cultural workshops and more. Show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or L.A. County employee ID at the event and receive a free gift. Learn more at

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL - Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) is a nonprofit media arts organization dedicated to showcasing independent cinema and related events in the historic center of the Film Capital of the World. This year's festival is under the direction of Peggy Ellithorpe, Henry Priest and Greg Ptacek.

Metro assumed ownership of Union Station in 2011. In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the station, Metro is presenting a series of arts and cultural programs at this most beloved L.A. landmark. From music and dance to film screenings and beyond, programs will attract new riders and creatively activate myriad spaces at the station. The series will highlight Union Station as a significant regional cultural destination at the center of an expanding Metro transit system.