Union Station is turning 80! Celebrate with us on May 3 and 4

Los Angeles Union Station opened as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal on May 3, 1939, with the new building getting a massive parade down Alameda Street. The station’s grand opening was a huge deal for L.A. — the city finally had a central passenger terminal, and it was the largest terminal in the Western United States.

A Union Pacific locomotive and five cars constructed for Cecil B. DeMille’s “Union Pacific” film travel down Alameda. Photo by Harry Quillen.

Union Station today remains a hub of transportation for the city and serves Metro Bus and Rail, Metrolink, Amtrak and many other municipal bus lines. More than 100,000 commuters and travelers move through the station each day!

The station has been renovated and preserved so that the beautiful original wall tiles, art deco elements, waiting room seats, chandeliers and more can continue to be appreciated by all. And more upgrades are in the works.


Come celebrate Union Station’s 80th anniversary with us on May 3 and 4! The two-day community event will feature music, dancing, kids’ activities and more. Keep reading for a list of performances and exhibits. Please check unionstationla.com for exact performance times.

Friday, May 3 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Pop-up performance by the California Feetwarmers
  • Pop-up performance by The New Recessionaries
  • “Living Gallery” featuring photo retrospective of station history
  • Model train exhibition from the Del Oro Pacific Modular Railroad
  • Custom 80th anniversary menu items at some station eateries

Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For even more arts and cultural offerings, join us beyond May 4 at Union Station as Metro Art Presents an exciting year-round array of live music and dance performances, film screenings, poetry readings and beyond. For more information, visit metro.net/art.

5 replies

  1. You have no old trains or locomotives scheduled for the affair, So you wont be able to top of the 50th anniversary!

  2. When you use historical photos, you MUST provide attribution for where they come from. One photo has the photographer credited, but where did this one and the others come from? Are you following their usage guidelines? Most require that they be credited. And wouldn’t it be nice for your readers to see other photos in those collections if they knew where to look? This is standard journalistic practice, please update your story with this information.