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Hollywood Then and Now: Looking For What's Left of the Silent Screen Locations in L.A.

The Music Box Steps (Andy Sternberg/LAist)
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Inspired by the popularity of the Academy Award-nominated film "The Artist," the Associated Press takes a look at the remnants of the Silent Screen Era in Los Angeles. "Hollywood was truly the Wild West, infinitely more accessible than now," they explain, noting that because the industry had moved out here, they made use of whatever locations they found, often turning them into whatever they needed.

Compiling a list of spots still standing that were used in silent films from nearly a century ago, Angelenos and our city's movie buff visitors can roam about town to see these cinematically significant places. From the famous Downtown building from which Harold Lloyd famously dangled on the hands of a clock (at 908 S. Broadway; the clock isn't there, though) to, naturally, the Laurel & Hardy "Music Box" steps (we profiled the park that's there), there's still vestiges of Chaplin, Keaton, and the rest of the stars to be found.

Warm up with a look at films like "Hard Luck," "The Kid," and "Safety Last," and then head out to find those long-ago locations today.