Lincoln Heights Jail

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Lincoln Heights Jail
Location 421 North Avenue 19
Los Angeles, California, United States
Coordinates 34°04′39″N 118°13′30″W / 34.077472°N 118.224875°W / 34.077472; -118.224875Coordinates: 34°04′39″N 118°13′30″W / 34.077472°N 118.224875°W / 34.077472; -118.224875
Opened 1931
Closed 1965

Lincoln Heights Jail is a reportedly haunted former jail building in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.[1] It closed in 1965.[2] In 1951, the unprovoked beating of seven prisoners occurred in the prison on what came to be known as "Bloody Christmas".[2] The novel L.A. Confidential and subsequent film, part of which was filmed there, was inspired by the incident.[2]

From 1979 until 2014, the building was the home of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts.[3][4] In addition to LA Confidential, it has been used as a set in other films. The 1984 horror movie Nightmare on Elm Street filmed the boiler room scenes here.[5] It was used to film part of the music video "Feeling This" by Blink-182, as well as portions the notorious, award-winning independent film Night Train [2], produced by nearby San Pedro, California resident Anthony "Twan" Huljev, [3] which won awards for Best Cinematography and Best New Director at the 2000 FantaSporto International Film Festival [4] in Oporto, Portugal. The site was also used for filming sections of Lady Gaga's hit single "Telephone" and 5 Seconds of Summer's single "Good Girls Are Bad Girls".[6] Television series "Cagney and Lacey" used it as a location.


  1. ^ Matea Gold, "A Tough Cell: City May Renovate, Lease Grimy Old Lincoln Heights Jail", Los Angeles Times, September 10, 1997.
  2. ^ a b c "L.A. THEN AND NOW; Pasadena's Gold Line Will Travel a History-Laden Route" (13 July 2003) Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ "DOWNTOWN : Bilingual Arts Group Gets $250,000 Grant", Los Angeles Times, December 18, 1994.
  4. ^ Randal C. Archibold, "Old Country and New in a Tale of Tamales", The New York Times, December 14, 2008.
  5. ^ Directo, Danielle (September 26, 2008). "Lincoln Heights Jail's inhabitants". Scene. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 
  6. ^ [1]

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