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Aon Center (Los Angeles)

Aon Center is a 62-story, 860 ft Modernist office skyscraper at 707 Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles, California. Site excavation started in late 1970, the tower was completed in 1973. Designed by Charles Luckman, the rectangular bronze-clad building with white trim is remarkably slender for a skyscraper in a seismically active area, it is the third tallest building in Los Angeles, the fourth tallest in California, the 45th tallest in the United States. The logo of the Aon Corporation, its anchor tenant, is displayed at the top in red. Aon Center was named the United California Bank Building from its completion in 1973 until 1981, when it became First Interstate Tower. During the 1984 Summer Olympics the 1984 Olympic logo was displayed on the north and south sides of the building's crown, as First Interstate Bank was a major sponsor of the games, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when built, until 1982 when it was surpassed by the Texas Commerce Tower in Houston.

Upon its completion in 1973, the building was the tallest in the world outside of New York and Chicago. It remained the tallest building in Los Angeles until 1989. Between 1998 and 2005, there were no logos on the building. On May 4, 1988, a fire began on the 12th floor just after 10:00 PM; the fire destroyed five floors, injured 40 people, left a maintenance worker dead because the elevator opened onto the burning 12th floor. The fire was so severe because the building was not equipped with a sprinkler system, not required for office towers at the time of its construction. A sprinkler system was 90 percent installed at the time of the fire; the fire was contained at 2:19 AM, caused $400 million in damage. Repair work took four months; because of the fire, building codes in Los Angeles were modified, requiring all high-rises to be equipped with fire sprinklers. This modified a 1974 ordinance that had only required new buildings to contain fire sprinkler systems, grandfathering older buildings. Existing all-concrete construction high-rises are still exempt from this ordinance.

The north entrance is level with 6th Street, is named BL. The east and west sidewalks slope downward to Wilshire Blvd. with steps leading up to the south entrance. Elevators on the south side of BL and escalators on the north side of BL both go up to the ML level, where additional banks of elevators reach floors numbered 4-62. No 2nd floor exists, though the height of ML is twice that of BL; the BL/ML elevator goes down to underground levels LBL, LL1, LL2. List of tallest buildings in Los Angeles Aon Center Cameron, Robert. Above Los Angeles. San Francisco: Cameron & Company. ISBN 0-918684-48-X. First Interstate Bank Fire Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Archive

Spellbound (1999 film)

Spellbound is a 1999 Japanese film directed by Masato Harada. Kōji Yakusho as Hiroshi Kitano Tatsuya Nakadai as Hideaki Sasaki Kippei Shiina as Akio Katayama Jun Fubuki as Kyoko Kitano Jinpachi Nezu as Kohei Nakayama Mayumi Wakamura as Miho Wada Kei Satō as Takashi Hisayama Kenichi Endō as Ōnogi Hitomi Kuroki as Hiroko Sato Tetsurō Tamba as Tajiro Kawakami Renji Ishibashi Taketoshi Naitō Nobuyuki Katsube Haruma Miura Joe Odagiri Yumi Takigawa Kenichi Yajima Ikuji Nakamura 24th Hochi Film Award Won: Best Film Won: Best Actress - Jun Fubuki Won: Best Supporting Actor - Kippei Shiina23rd Japan Academy Prize Won: Best Film Editing Nominated: Best Film Nominated: Best Director Nominated: Best Actor - Kōji Yakusho Nominated: Best Supporting Actor - Kippei Shiina Nominated: Best Supporting Actress - Mayumi Wakamura Nominated: Best Screenplay Nominated: Best Cinematography Nominated: Best Lighting Nominated: Best Music Score Nominated: Best Art Direction Nominated: Best Sound54th Mainichi Film Awards Won: Best Cinematography Won: Best Editing12th Nikkan Sports Film Award Won: Best Supporting Actor - Kippei Shiina Spellbound on IMDb