The old ticketing concourse at Union Station is usually off-limits to the public, but it will be open this Saturday, July 20 for a free screening of Chinatown, hosted by Metro and Downtown Film Festival L.A. You’ll be able to soak in the glamorous beauty of historic Union Station while watching a movie that’s quintessentially L.A.
The screening is free but reservations are a must, and the event is currently at capacity. If you’re dying to see the movie but couldn’t RSVP in time, don’t worry. Head over to the real Chinatown for Chinatown Summer Nights, a free event that features food, music, local artists and more. It takes place the same evening from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Chinatown is accessible from Union Station off the Gold Line – or if you feel like getting some exercise, you could walk. It’s about a 10-minute walk heading north on Alameda. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.
Doors for the movie screening open at 8 p.m. Food is allowed and Chinatown Summer Nights is also your best option for dinner. There will be plenty of food trucks around for you to load up on, and if you show your TAP card at the info booth you’ll get a free gift.
Another dining option is Traxx Restaurant at Union Station.
This screening launches Metro Art’s new program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic Union Station in anticipation of its 75th anniversary celebration next year.