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Los Angeles Times (two locations)
Los Angeles, CA 90012, 90021
Latitude: 34.05329 Longitude: -118.245009
This tour is free
The Times' editorial, business and administrative departments as well as most pre-press operations are located at a six-building complex in downtown Los Angeles encompassing an entire city block.
The Times offers tours of the Editorial operation, and the state-of-the-art Olympic plant in Los Angeles.
In 1999, the presses were retrofitted to accommodate narrower, 50-inch-wide newsprint. This change reduces the amount of newsprint The Times uses while providing readers with an easy-to-handle page size.
The Olympic Plant
Named after the nearby Olympic Blvd., the Olympic Plant was built at a cost of $230 million and began operating in June 1990.
Each of the Olympic plant's six 12-unit Goss Colorliner presses is capable of printing a 96-page newspaper - with 36 pages of full color and four pages of spot color - at speeds of up to 70,000 newspapers per hour.
The 55,700-square-foot pressroom is 530 feet long - nearly twice the length of a regulation football field. It is three stories high - from the reel room, where newsprint is loaded onto the presses, to the operating and catwalk levels. The plant also includes a newsprint storage area with a 30,000-ton newsprint capacity.
Tours are given Monday Through Friday, usually at 11 and 1:30, though times may vary. Tours are by reservation at least a week in advance. Call 213-237-5757 for tour details and to make a reservation.
Tours average an hour.
Children must be 8 years of age or older to take the tour. Limited photography at Editorial, open (still) photography at printing. No video or taping of the tours.
Must be 10 years of age or older to take the tour.