Casablanca air­port hanger saved from wreck­ing ball

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

The air­port hangar fa­cade from the open­ing scene of “Casablanca” has found a home a decade af­ter be­ing saved from the wreck­ing ball. The arched fa­cade dat­ing to the 1920s has been in a Los An­ge­les park­ing lot since it was re­moved dur­ing 2007 ren­o­va­tions at Van Nuys Air­port. The hangar with 29-me­tre doors ap­peared in movies in­clud­ing the 1939 Lau­rel and Hardy com­edy “The Fly­ing Deuces.” Most fa­mously a plane lands in front of it in 1942’s “Casablanca,” star­ring Humphrey Bog­art and In­grid Bergman. Chris­tine Dunn, who with her late hus­band re­cov­ered the hangar 10 years ago, told the Daily News that it’ll be moved to Val­ley Relics Mu­seum, home to many pop culture items.

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