Los Angeles’ historic Union Station — which has shown up in its share of motion pictures — will play host to part of this year’s Oscar ceremony, but Metro officials said Monday the event will not disrupt transit service on April 25.
“Union Station will remain open to transit riders throughout the awards events and riders will be able to access all bus, rail, Metrolink, Amtrak and private transportation providers, along with vendors,” according to a statement from Metro. “Alternative waiting accommodations for Metrolink and Amtrak riders will be provided. Signs throughout Union Station will help visitors navigate to transportation and parking options. During closures, customers will be able to access transit services through Union Station East.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday morning that this year’s Oscar telecast will originate jointly from the show’s normal home at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and from the 1939-vintage Union Station.
Union Station is no stranger to the motion picture industry, showing up in an array of films including “Blade Runner,” “Pearl Harbor,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hustler,” “The Italian Job,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Bugsy” and 1973’s “The Way We Were.”
According to Metro, the April 25 Oscars will be held in the building’s Historic Ticketing Hall, the Grand Waiting Room, the main entrance along Alameda Street and on the north and south patios.
“Union Station is one of the most iconic landmarks in Los Angeles County and we are honored for it to be highlighted at the 93rd Academy Awards,” Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington said in a statement. “We look forward to helping celebrate excellence in film in a safe and healthy manner while still ensuring that our transit riders can reach their essential destinations.”
While Metro insists that service won’t be impacted by the Oscars, the agency traditionally closes the Red Line subway station at Hollywood and Highland — home of the Dolby Theatre — to accommodate the ceremony.