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February 2009

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 The Bates Motel

Crab/Roach - exterior wall of the abandoned Sunset Pacific Motel, 4301 Sunset Boulevard at Bates Avenue

Yes, the Bates Motel you remember that 1960 Hitchcock film Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, and that famous shower scene. That was scary, but that fictional Bates Motel was just a movie set, now part of the tour at Universal Studios over the hill near Burbank (here's a look at that).

The scarier place is the abandoned Sunset Pacific Motel, 4301 Sunset Boulevard at Bates Avenue, near Sunset Junction. It's the real thing.

Never Lie Down gang graphic - exterior wall of the abandoned Sunset Pacific Motel, 4301 Sunset Boulevard at Bates Avenue
Eye Man with Black Heart - exterior wall of the abandoned Sunset Pacific Motel, 4301 Sunset Boulevard at Bates Avenue

And the defaced HBO posters on the wall are scary too, Will Farrell as George Bush, superseded by a tiger

Defaced HBO poster, Will Farrell as George Bush, superseded by a tiger - exterior wall of the abandoned Sunset Pacific Motel, 4301 Sunset Boulevard at Bates Avenue
Defaced HBO poster, Will Farrell as George Bush, superseded by a tiger - exterior wall of the abandoned Sunset Pacific Motel, 4301 Sunset Boulevard at Bates Avenue
Defaced HBO poster, Will Farrell as George Bush, superseded by a tiger - exterior wall of the abandoned Sunset Pacific Motel, 4301 Sunset Boulevard at Bates Avenue

The view across the street, the other side of Sunset

Wave Mural at music store, Sunset Boulevard near Fountain
Wave Mural at music store, Sunset Boulevard near Fountain

The real Bates Motel

Sunset Pacific Motel, 4301 Sunset Boulevard at Bates Avenue

And they accept all major credit cards

Sunset Pacific Motel, 4301 Sunset Boulevard at Bates Avenue, credit cards

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

Note from the site You Are Here, a record shot of the building.  The giant "Available for Filming" sign is long gone now.

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