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Beyond 'Chinatown' – 100 years of the Los Angeles Aqueduct

Friday, November 1, 2013, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions
Two Holt 45 gas crawling-type (
Two Holt 45 gas crawling-type ("caterpillar") tractors team up to pull a long wagon train in the Mojave Desert during construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
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KPCC celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct with a screening of the 1974 classic "Chinatown," hosted by KPCC's Patt Morrison.

Chinatown Poster

The Oscar winning film — directed by Roman Polanski, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway and written by Robert Towne — is the iconic dramatization of California's water wars. 

Based on real life characters, the neo-noir film has been a cultural touchstone for decades and is a must-see for students of Southern California’s history.

RELATED: The LA Aqueduct At 100
After a week of special KPCC coverage focusing on the impact of the aqueduct and the future of our water supply, we’ll dim the lights and screen the entire film at the Crawford Family Forum.



(Photo Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)