Upon its opening in 1939, Union Station became the gateway to Los Angeles. ‘Golden Era’ movie stars, WWII soldiers, and Los Angeles residents frequented the place until the airline boom several decades later. Today the station is run by Amtrak and has seen a resurgence in passenger use over the last 20 years. Designed by the Parkinsons (a father-son team who also designed Los Angeles City Hall), with the support of famous Dutch architect Jan van der Linden, Union Station melds Dutch Colonial with Spanish Mission influences. The art deco-inspired restaurant, Traxx, is a unique venue for a fine (and rather expensive) meal, and its bar presents specialty martinis. Keeping true to any Angeleno landmark, the train station has been used as a set for the TV show 24 and the cult classic film, Blade Runner.