What are some blue things that are native to Los Angeles?
April 23, 2019 6:20 PM   Subscribe

I’m looking for some things that are blue and native/exclusive to Los Angeles. People, places, flora, and fauna. This is for a short story set in the 1970s. I have Dodger Blue and Paul Newman’s eyes—what else should I include?
posted by pxe2000 to Travel & Transportation (23 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Uh the Crips Gang wears Blue and they're from Los Angeles ...
posted by mundo at 6:25 PM on April 23, 2019 [3 favorites]


There must be some parts of Watts Towers that are blue.
The Pacific Ocean.
Towers of the castle at Disneyland
Santa Anita Park (racetrack)
swimming pools
cars. so many cars
posted by theora55 at 6:32 PM on April 23, 2019 [1 favorite]


Well we have plenty of Stellar's Jays and California Scrub Jays, though they're not exclusive to LA.
posted by BlahLaLa at 6:33 PM on April 23, 2019 [2 favorites]


Philippe's was a famous downtown LA restaurant from 1908 to 2018 that was known for their French dip sandwiches. They had a bright blue sign.
posted by bluecore at 6:33 PM on April 23, 2019 [2 favorites]


Babe and Ricky’s. Iconic and historic blues club.
posted by MountainDaisy at 6:40 PM on April 23, 2019


Western Bluebirds
posted by pinochiette at 6:46 PM on April 23, 2019 [1 favorite]


Also, the sky is often very bright blue, although that was less common in the 70s. Not exclusive to LA but people from elsewhere tend to comment on it.
posted by pinochiette at 6:48 PM on April 23, 2019


Is El Segundo close enough? The El Segundo blue butterfly is at LAX.
posted by lemonade at 6:59 PM on April 23, 2019 [2 favorites]


(Just as a matter of LA pride I want to mention that Philippe's isn't gone.)
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:13 PM on April 23, 2019 [7 favorites]


It didn't come out until 1980, but in '79, Columbia Pictures was making The Blue Lagoon.
posted by dobbs at 8:39 PM on April 23, 2019




scientology building
posted by effluvia at 9:15 PM on April 23, 2019


The venerable Blue Sky Tank at Paramount Studios, used for The Truman Show among other films.

The Eastern Columbia Building

4833 Fountain Ave. was originally an Art Deco hospital building, but in 1977 it was bought by Scientologists as a local headquarters and dubbed "Big Blue", with an azure paint job to match.
posted by Rhaomi at 9:17 PM on April 23, 2019 [2 favorites]


Just as a matter of LA pride I want to mention that Philippe's isn't gone.)

Also, it’s in Chinatown, not Downtown.
posted by sideshow at 9:41 PM on April 23, 2019 [2 favorites]


The Blue Center, AKA the Blue Whale, at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood opened in 1975. It stood alone until the late '80s.
posted by Homer42 at 9:54 PM on April 23, 2019


Although the Blue Line didn't exist back in the 70s Santa Monica's bus system has been and is still the Big Blue Bus.
posted by Rash at 10:10 PM on April 23, 2019 [2 favorites]


This page shows the Hawthorne Water Tower, Chips Restaurant, and the FAA building--and they're all blue.
posted by calgirl at 11:25 PM on April 23, 2019


The Los Angeles Rams wore blue in the 70's; still do.
posted by Jaymzifer at 11:35 PM on April 23, 2019 [1 favorite]


and I wouldn't use the sky in the 70's for your blue...
we had a fair number of Smog Alerts back then.
I still remember-- your chest would hurt when you tried to breathe and the sky would be brown and gold.
posted by calgirl at 11:35 PM on April 23, 2019


not exclusive to LA, but seen throughout LAX...
everything Pam Am.

And apparently the early Fatburger [born in LA] was blue.
posted by calgirl at 12:10 AM on April 24, 2019


Is El Segundo close enough? The El Segundo blue butterfly is at LAX.

Came to thread to give this answer. There is a whole abandoned neighborhood -- due west of LAX -- along the beach because construction had to stop due to the blue butterfly. I used to live in El Secundo and Playa del Rey.
posted by terrapin at 10:00 AM on April 24, 2019


UCLA SCHOOL COLORS
posted by effluvia at 10:58 AM on April 24, 2019 [1 favorite]


Blue murals in Los Angeles: Wyland mural of whales in Ocean Park, and Botticelli parody mural of La Primavera/Birth of Venus at Venice Beach called "History is a Myth"
posted by effluvia at 9:32 PM on April 24, 2019


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