Lincoln Heights Jail - Bilingual Foundation of the Arts

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The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts occupies a building that was once the Lincoln Heights Jail. In 1951, the unprovoked beating of seven prisoners (known as “Bloody Christmas”) occurred here, and the spooky setting has led to its use in many films and music videos. Among them, “L.A. Confidential” (whose story was inspired by the Bloody Christmas incident), the boiler room scenes in “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and music videos for “Feeling This” by Blink-182 and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.”

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    Geographic Information

    421 North Avenue 19
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States

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    34.0777353, -118.22497220000002
    Los Angeles County, California
    Nearest Towns:
    Los Angeles, CA (2.1 mi.)
    Boyle Heights, CA (3.2 mi.)
    Belvedere, CA (4.1 mi.)
    Glendale, CA (4.8 mi.)
    East Los Angeles, CA (4.8 mi.)
    South Pasadena, CA (5.0 mi.)
    Vernon, CA (5.1 mi.)
    Alhambra, CA (5.7 mi.)
    Monterey Park, CA (5.9 mi.)
    Hollywood, CA (6.0 mi.)


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