Even the name sounds surreal Echo Park but its just a neighborhood east on Sunset, just past Alvarado, in the flats kind of under Dodger Stadium. Mack Sennett's studio was in Echo Park until the end of the silent era and a lot of the silent comedies were shot here Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Our Gang and that sort of thing. Tom Mix built his studio just over the hill in Silverlake. And location managers still like the place it's in Chinatown and Columbus Day, and some of Gilligan's Island, and scenes from Michael Jackson's 1983 Thriller video were shot here, and parts of the original 1953 film version of The War of the Worlds. Maybe it's an end of the world place.
Jackson Pollock lived here as a child, and Jerry Rubin lived here and in the seventies and eighties ran a legal and civil rights office on the southwest corner of Echo Park and Sunset all in all an odd place. And this is the corner of Echo Park and Montana.