It was built by Col. James Ward Eddy, a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, and began operating in 1901. The funicular provided residents of Bunker Hill, which until the 1940s was populated with impressive Victorian mansions, with a convenient way to get to the shops in the city centre. In the 2000s, by which time the fancy villas had long been replaced by a huge administrative centre, this historic icon of old Los Angeles gradually fell into disuse.
Luckily, in the City of Angels, cinema gives everything a second lease of life. In 2016, Damien Chazelle's musical comedy La La Land revived interest in the funicular when a romantic scene was shot in one of its black and orange cars. Following the film's worldwide success, the city council had the bright idea of restoring Angels Flight.
The funicular is open every day from 6:45 am to 10 pm (a ticket costs 1 USD) and attracts crowds of tourists wanting to follow in the footsteps of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and take a photo in front of the marble and glass towers of Bunker Hill.
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Los Angeles, CA 90071
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