The newest Fotobar location -- this one in Las Vegas -- features not only retail space (pictured) but a museum of Polaroid photography on the second floor, including cameras like the Electric Eye pictured in the inset.

Las Vegas: Polaroid museum recalls genius of the 'Apple of its day'

Those instant cameras that Polaroid popularized in the mid-20th century (“Meet the Swinger! The Polaroid Swinger!”) are now right where they belong: in a museum in Las Vegas.

You’ll find the museum in the two-story Polaroid Fotobar shop at the Linq, the new entertainment and retail complex along the Strip. The Fotobar stores — there are three in Florida besides the Vegas location — offer photo gifts created from your own photography.

Polaroid, its museum website says, was the Apple of its day. Its foldable SX-70, the low-cost Swinger ($19.95) and the Polaroid One-Step are among the cameras that made instant photos all the rage.

In 1974, the museum website says, “a billion Polaroid photos were taken.”

Today, Polaroid says, about 380 billion photos are taken each year, many on cell phones.

Those cellphone pictures and other digital devices rendered film, including Polaroid’s instant-developing variety, obsolete.

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Looking east from Nob Hill down California Street, you can just make out the jutting Bay Bridge.

Daily Detour: Odd spots, strange trips, great moments in travel

Welcome, Detourists! This slide show, shot and written by L.A. Times staffer Christopher Reynolds, goes all over and grows every weekday.
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Hong Kong Disneyland set to debut first Iron Man ride

Hong Kong Disneyland set to debut first Iron Man ride

Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans.

The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world.

PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland

The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars.

Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.

Leaked ride lineups for Shanghai Disneyland don't indicate any Marvel attractions — and Disney officials have said the new Iron Man ride is intended to distinguish the Hong Kong park from the $4.4 billion Shanghai park set to debut in 2015.

And Iron Man won't be flying into any of the four parks at the Walt Disney World resort in the near future, as Universal Studios maintains exclusive rights to use Marvel characters in Florida.

That leaves only...

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The Four Seasons jet sports the hotel chain's name and logo.

For just $119,000, you can tour the world on a Four Seasons jet

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will use a private branded jet to take travelers around the world on bespoke tours starting next year, the chain announced Wednesday.

The Four Seasons Jet is a Boeing 757 that has been adapted with leather flatbed seats, Wi-Fi and its own "globally inspired cuisine."

And, of course, Four Seasons service. For example, passengers will have access to an on-board concierge to book extras such as spa time or golf dates while traveling to their destination.

Tours stop in nine or 10 countries, depending on which itinerary is selected, and passengers stay in Four Seasons hotels along the way.

This isn't the first time the hotel brand has offered such trips, but it is the first time it has adapted a jet for private use.

Here are trips planned next year:

-- Around the World begins Feb. 9 in Los Angeles and takes you paddleboarding in Hawaii; snorkeling in Bora-Bora, French Polynesia; cruising in a seaplane cruise over Sydney, Australia; whitewater rafting in Bali,...

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An infographic shows the most-read books by Scribd users around the world.

What's everybody reading? A book-by-book map of the world

If you want to make like a local when you travel this summer, choose your reading material carefully. Travelers visiting Sweden should pick up a copy of "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur C. Clarke. Those who are Brazil-bound might reach for the health guide "Superfoods" by Meryl Joseph.

That's the word on reading picks and habits from users of Scribd, the Netflix-like book lending company that compiled pages read, reading time and geographic data from users worldwide to create a kind of reading map of the world. 

In the U.S., the must-read book on Scribd is "Sh*t My Dad Says," by Justin Halpern. Other top books, by country, include:

--Denmark: "The Alchemist," by Paulo Coelho
--Croatia: "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," by William L. Shirer
--Italy: "Beethoven Sonatas and the Creative Experience," by Kenneth O. Drake
--The Netherlands: "The One-Minute Organizer," by Donna Smallin

The fastest readers appear to be in Germany, followed by the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Malaysia....

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Viking's Jarl long ship cruises  along the Rhine. The Jarl first sailed in July, and new vessels continue to join the Viking family, including a dozen in 2015.

Viking to introduce 12 new vessels for 2015 river cruises

Responding to a surge in interest, Viking River Cruises will add 12 new vessels for sailings in 2015. 

Just how popular is the river cruise? When Viking launched in 1997, it had four ships cruising in Russia. By 2015, it will have 64 river vessels cruising in Europe, Russia, Asia and Egypt. Forty of those vessels are Viking long ships, which cruise exclusively in Europe and offer a variety of stateroom configurations. 

River cruising is the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry, registering a 12% increase in 2012, according to a November article on CruiseCritic.

Among Viking's 12 new vessels, the Astrild and the Beyla will be custom built for the Elbe River trip between Berlin and Prague, Czech Republic.

They will offer dining al fresco and menus that use herbs from an onboard organic garden on the sunroof. Two Viking long ships already run this itinerary and will continue to do so. But the new ships will accommodate 98 guests in 49 staterooms, whereas the long ships can carry...

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This photo provided by the Transportation Security Administration shows two World War I artillery shells discovered by baggage screeners in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Poll: You'd pay $50 for faster airport screening--but it costs $85

How much is it worth to you to get through airport security faster? Most people would pay about $50, according to a Harris Poll released Thursday.

Unfortunately for those folks, the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program, which allows expedited screening for prequalified passengers, charges $85 for five years of "fast pass" screening.

The misapprehension may stem from this finding: 41% of respondents said they had never heard of PreCheck.

Those are among the notions about the TSA and its procedures and programs that the survey of 2,234 adults revealed. The survey was offered online from March 12-17.

Among other findings:

--37% think that PreCheck applicants should have to pass a drug test. This is not required, and the survey did not reveal why respondents correlated drug use with security.

--89% of respondents don’t think they’ll be able to get on a plane if they don’t have their identification. In the past, the TSA has told me that there are...

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Carlsbad: Legends of Chima Water Park shapes up at Legoland California

Carlsbad: Legends of Chima Water Park shapes up at Legoland California

One thing you have to understand about the Land of Chima: The lions are the good guys. They're the ones who seek to protect the kingdom from the battle-prone crocodiles on Cartoon Network's TV series and video games.

So it's not surprising that the largest piece of Legoland California's yet-to-open Chima-themed water park is a 2,116-pound Lion Temple Arch.

The arch, 18 feet off the ground, was put in place last weekend at the emerging Legends of Chima Water Park that's slated to open May 24.

"The Lego arch will stream water beneath the massive lion head at the entrance to the Lion Temple Wave Pool," a Lego announcement says. It's made of 260,000 Lego clay-colored bricks.

Kids who know the show or games will recognize a "floating" Mt. Cavora (where energy called chi is stored) that will blast 400 gallons of water a minute from high above the wave pool.

The water park also includes features such as Eglor's Build-A-Boat where kids can make their own boats and race them, and Cragger's...

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OutKast's Andre 3000, left, and Big Boi at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 18. The two will perform at the upcoming BottleRock in Napa, Calif.

California: Napa inn stay plus 2 VIP passes to BottleRock for $2,560

Far from the dust of the Coachella Valley, Napa Valley will host its own mega-music concert called Bottlerock for three days at the end of May.

BottleRock, now in its second year, will feature such notables as the Cure, OutKast and Eric Church. Milliken Creek Inn

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A photograph of Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in the museum at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

Santa Monica: Swim, dance and tour film star's old beach house

Back in the day, actress Marion Davies' luxurious beach house in Santa Monica had more than 100 rooms and an ornate swimming pool. Little of the original mansion still exists, but what's now known as the Annenberg Community Beach House still has plenty of oceanfront allure.

The beach house will mark its fifth anniversary Saturday and Sunday with an open house that is to feature activities as varied as ballroom dancing and paddleboarding lessons.

Guided tours with architects John Berley and Mia Lehrer are scheduled for 10 a.m. each day. The mansion was financed by Davies' lover, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and many grand Hollywood parties were held here, according to a history on the beach house website.

Hearst engaged Julia Morgan to design it; Morgan also designed Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.

Berley and Lehrer were tasked with reimagining much of the site after the 1994 Northridge quake caused severe damage to the few structures that remained. (The original...

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Fancy some shortbread and tea? BritWeek Santa Monica Festival comes to Third Street Promenade in early May.

Los Angeles takes on a British accent during BritWeek festivities

Queen Elizabeth II had a new black-and-white portrait unveiled -- she's smiling! -- in honor of her 88th birthday on Monday. Not to outdo her royal highness, but anyone will be able to have their portrait on the front page of the London Times at the BritWeek Santa Monica Festival next month.

BritWeek is a bit of a misnomer because many activities throughout the L.A. area started Monday and last longer than a week. For example, high tea lovers already have been asked to vote for L.A.'s best afternoon tea spot: the High Tea Cottage in Woodland Hills, Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica, the Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena and the Queen Mary Tea Room in Long Beach.

There are cricket and rugby games as well as U.S.-British art gallery openings sprinkled throughout the festivities that run until the beginning of May.

The BritWeek Santa Monica Festival takes place May 3 and 4 at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The festival, which is free, runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days.

Visitors can...

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The cast of "Pawn Shop Live!" parodies the quirky folks who run Gold and Silver Pawn in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: 'Pawn Shop' lampoon relocates to Riviera

The colorful characters from a world-famous Sin City pawn shop take center stage in a new show at a Strip resort.

The cast of "Pawn Shop Live!" lampoons the quirky members of the Harrison family, owners of Gold & Silver Pawn and stars of the History Channel’s popular “Pawn Stars” show. The clan has endorsed the show. Some of the Harrisons have said they will make surprise appearances on stage as their schedules allow.

The show, which originally opened downtown at the Golden Nugget, has relocated to the Riviera on Las Vegas Boulevard, just a couple of miles south of the real-life pawn shop.

The parody will be staged in the resort’s Starlite Theatre at 4:30 p.m. daily.

Tickets cost $42 to $103 and are available online or by calling (800) 745-3000(800) 745-3000.

 

 

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