Life At La Quinta Must Have Been Really Wonderful
One of the most classic Christmas movies, that doesn't involve Santa Claus or elves or Tim Allen, is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. We don't like to get too nostalgic about the 'good old days,' but we imagine it must have been pretty magical going to one of those old-time movie theaters on Christmas day in 1946 and watching it for the very first time.
As it happens, the black-and-white classic very well might have been written at a hotel.
The Press-Enterprise recently published a piece about Capra's affinity for La Quinta Resort & Club. Apparently, the guy loved the place so much, he moved there permanently with his wife when he was 84. The PE reports:
"Frank, and his wife Lucille, always stayed in the same room while vacationing at the La Quinta Hotel — Suite 136 in the San Anselmo Casita — and their room is now marked with both a memorial placard and a memorial bench."
But could this also be the place where Capra wrote the award-winning script? According to his autobiography, the hotel (which is now a part of the Waldorf-Astoria collection) was his "Shangri-La for script writing" over the years. (Not to be confused, of course, with Shangri-La Hotels.)
While no records exist of Capra actually working on that particular script (though he does confirm that Lost Horizon began at the hotel), it's pretty safe to say that La Quinta was a deep source of inspiration for him over the years. And whether or not we can trace elements of It's A Wonderful Life back to suite 136, we like how vocal Capra was about his love for La Quinta. Kind of seems like it could be the inspiration for a separate movie—but we'll leave that to the professionals.
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