LAX Theme Building, Los Angeles, California
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The LAX Theme Building is an iconic combination of a flying saucer, spider, and Googie architecture. The theme building was built in 1961 and completed a major renovation in 2010.

Travelers can visit the LAX Theme Building and Observation Deck, which offers spectacular views of the airport and surrounding landscape. The Observation Deck is located in the middle of the Central Terminal Area and is open the second weekend ONLY of each month on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Theme Building also houses the City Deli public cafeteria on the ground level.

The LAX FlyAway buses offer convenient regularly scheduled round-trips, seven days a week, between each terminal at LAX and these locations: Union Station (Downtown Los Angeles).

The LAX Theme Building was designed by the futuristic architects William Pereira, Charles Luckman Associates, Welton Becket & Associates and Paul R. Williams.

A small circular park containing 15 lighted pylons located on the east end of the parking lot structures. Walk from the east end parking structure 7 to locate one of two cross walks across World Way toward the Clifford A. Moore administration building. The east end of the administration building (back) contains and obscure sidewalk. The sidewalk leads to the multicolored cylinders known as "the pylons." Immediately in front of the pylons there is a a diamond-shaped plaza immaculately gardened in Key West style and completely hidden from passing traffic. A flagpole bearing the legend "Gateway to the Pacific Rim" on a plaque and an inexplicable memorial to fallen workers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture stands at the center. Seemingly forgotten by everyone but the landscapers, it is probably L.A.'s best-manicured and least-visited park. The eastern most cross walk across World Way leads the most directly to the rear of the administration building. A separate circular walkway links the pylon towers.

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