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The "Theme Building," Los Angeles International Airport
"Theme Building," 1959 site rendering
Echoing the Martian invaders in the War of the Worlds (Paramount Pictures, 1954), for which his brother, Hal Pereira, was Art Director, William Pereira's "Theme Building" for the new Los Angeles International Airport was intended to resemble a landing spaceship. Calling this "the first terminal area specifically designed for the jet age," FAA Administrator Najeeb E. Halaby predicted at its opening that the new airport "may well achieve some of the worldwide renown . . . as--who knows--Disneyland." (Los Angeles Examiner 26 June 1961). "Theme Building"
15 November 2000

Photo: Philip J. Ethington

"Theme Building"
1959 site rendering.
Pereira and Luckmann

USC Regional History Archives

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(c) 2000 Philip J. Ethington
Note: Highways are shown for reference