when I first visitd Griffith Observatory in 1988 I made a beeline to that area where Nicholas Ray shot the knife fight in "Rebel Without a Cause." it's essential James Dean territory.
on friday my pal Billy & I took the shuttle from Hollywood & Highland to Griffith Park. it's the first time we'd seen the observatory since its multi-million dollar renovation. I was startld to discover that the knife fight area was completely destroyd. at its location the redesigners put up this Dean memorial: