Welcome to Part Two of my Shadowhunter Los Angeles Tour! If you missed out on part one you can check it out by clicking here. I went up and down the Pacific Coast Highway to bring you some insider information on places mentioned in Lady Midnight.
This week, I’m bringing you a handful of city spots the team visits, including: The Midnight Theater, The Shadow Market, and Mark Blackthorn’s infamous run-in with Syphilis at Canter’s Deli.
I used this map A LOT during the city tour to nail down a few spots, so I’m adding it here again and will mention if below from time to time. I hope it helps!
Canter’s has been around for ages. It’s one of those LA hot spots that everyone knows about. They’re open 24 hours, have a dining area and a full bakery! Canter’s is also known for having an authentic, traditional Jewish flare (which I’m sure Simon would love). *Yum, Yum, Yum*
Side note: Let’s all appreciate Mark Blackthorn at Canter’s, ordering a plate of strawberries, talking to a telephone pole, and being clueless about girls thinking he’s hot AF. He is too precious for this world and I love him.
Address: 419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
“Everything inside Canter’s was yellow. The walls were yellow, the booths were yellow, and most of the food was a shade of yellow.” – Lady Midnight, Chapter 12, Page 276
The Midnight Theater
The Midnight Theater doesn’t actually exist, but after doing some intense research on the map to determine where it was located…and after reading Cassie’s notes at the end of Lady Midnight, I decided to stop at The Pantages. It’s a theater used for play productions, and definitely fits the old-glam LA vibe of the series. (And it’s supposed to be haunted! *If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with ghosts.) You get some added Hollywood scenic images from around the area because it’s amazing out there.
Address: 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
“Emma could see lights, hot neon and electricity, up ahead, the arrow shape of a sign: THE MIDNIGHT THEATER. The Hollywood Hills glittered in the distance as if they’d been dusted with starlight.” – Lady Midnight, Chapter 14, Page 328
“The Midnight Theater is intended as a homage to the haunted theaters in Los Angeles. Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Pantages Theater, the Vogue Theater.” -Cassandra Clare Takes Us Through Emma’s Los Angeles (Back of Lady Midnight Hardcover)
The Los Angeles Shadow Market
The LA Shadow Market is located in Old Town Pasadena. Apparently, I truly am a mundane, because I didn’t see any faeries or warlocks. The stroll through the city is still really nice though. Be sure to look out for the Slater’s 50/50 because the alleyway is right next door!
Address: 41 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103
“He walked down Kendall Alley through Old Town Pasadena toward a blank brick wall—and stepped through it into an explosive world of color and light.” -Lady Midnight, Prologue, Page 1
This was by far the hardest place to track down thus far. The Sepulchre Bar doesn’t actually exist, but from the book I knew the following:
- It’s located in West Hollywood
- It’s located between Canter’s Deli & The Midnight Theater (Between Fairfax and Hollywood Blvd.)
- It has a nature/garden vibe
I used my detective skills, and the help of Google Maps, to narrow down bars in the West Hollywood area that fit the rest of the description. The closest match I could find was the Harlowe Bar! It doesn’t open until 5 PM each night, so I wasn’t able to go inside, but the outside definitely fits. And, if you were wondering what the f*ck a Jacaranda tree is, you’re in luck! I took some pictures because they only bloom in SoCal twice a year and they are so pretty.
Address: 7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
“Jacaranda trees were strung with electric lights, and sleek ultra modern tables and chairs were scattered around the garden space.” – Lady Midnight, Chapter 1, Page 15
Bonus: The Apple Pan & Pink’s Hot Dogs
During Queen of Air and Darkness, Cristina reminisces about places she and Emma would visit, and my assistant researcher (aka: baby sister) decided it would be cool to add them to the tour. So, here we are.
The Apple Pan Address: 10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Pink’s Hot Dogs Address: 709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
“Her introduction to L.A. had been going to all of Emma’s favorite places..hot dogs at Pink’s, pie at the Apple Pan at midnight.” –Queen of Air and Darkness, Chapter 6, Page 108
There are still a few places on my list that I’m trying to track down and visit; Malcolm is doing a very good job of hiding his mansion from mundane eyes. Be sure to keep an eye out for more!
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Are there any spots I’m missing from my list’? Have you visited any of the city spots? Any you’d like to check out?