5 Places to Time Travel in Los Angeles


Do you ever wish that you were born in a different decade? Do you want to hop aboard H.G. Wells' time machine and experience what the world was like in a bygone era? Lucky for you, you can do that in Los Angeles. Here are the five best places in the city to travel back in time without having to worry about that pesky grandfather paradox.

The Cicada Club
There's a dress code at the Cicada Club, but it's for good reason -- there's no other place in town where you can feel like you are right in the heart of Hollywood's golden era. This downtown Art Deco nightclub hosts authentic acts performing hits from the 1930s and features a spacious dance floor with some of the best swing dancing around. Arrive early to enjoy a romantic dinner, and make sure to wear your vintage best. It's a splurge, but it's a night you won't soon forget.

The Pan Am Experience
Do you remember when air travel was a dignified experience? You can relive those days of 1970s style aboard the Pan Am Experience at Air Hollywood. Passengers board an exact replica of a Pan Am 747 and are served a gourmet meal from stewardesses sporting original Pan Am uniforms. Every detail is authentic, down to the in-flight safety demonstration. This is about as close as you can come to actually traveling back in time.

The Silent Movie Theatre
If you love movies but think all that talking is boring, then you must visit the Silent Movie Theatre. It's one of the only venues that presents vintage silent films from the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton with live music accompaniment -- just like the old days! Cinefamily acquired the theatre in 2007, and while they now present films from all eras, the second Saturday of every month is devoted entirely to films from the pre-sound era.

Queen Mary
Have you ever wondered what trans-Atlantic travel was like in the 1930s, '40s and '50s? You can find out firsthand with an overnight stay on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, a world-class ocean liner that was retired in the 1960s and is now a hotel and attraction. The Art Deco interiors are authentic to the time, and guests can dine at one of the on-board restaurants or even take a nighttime paranormal tour complete with séance to contact passengers from long ago.

Heritage Square Museum
If your time travel aspirations include visiting a different century, then the Heritage Square Museum is for you. This living history museum features eight historic structures from California's first 100 years of statehood, and costumed guides lead visitors through this Victorian wonderland, telling stories about the people who helped make Los Angeles what it is today.

Amy Clites is a Los Angeles writer, content creator and actor who loves gardening, cooking, reading and traveling and writes regularly about these topics and more on her blog ZeitClites and on Twitter @AmyClites.

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