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Bat-Signal lights up Los Angeles in tribute to Adam West

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/16/2017 By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press
Fans dressed as characters from "Batman" pose in front of a Bat-Signal projected onto City Hall following a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Fans dressed as characters from "Batman" pose in front of a Bat-Signal projected onto City Hall following a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles became Gotham City Thursday night as the Bat-Signal glowed at City Hall in honor of late Batman actor Adam West.

A man poses in front of a Bat-Signal projected onto City Hall at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press A man poses in front of a Bat-Signal projected onto City Hall at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Hundreds of fans, some in costume, cheered as Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck switched on the iconic signal and splashed a yellow oval with a bat silhouette high up on the wall of City Hall.

Twin brothers Augustine Reynoso, left, and Vincent Reynoso, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., dress in Batman outfits at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Twin brothers Augustine Reynoso, left, and Vincent Reynoso, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., dress in Batman outfits at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

West, who played the Caped Crusader in the campy 1960s TV series, died last week at 88.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks next to a Bat-Phone as Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck listens during a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that included lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks next to a Bat-Phone as Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck listens during a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that included lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"Like you, we all spent many hours in front of the TV, same bat time, same bat channel," Garcetti told the crowd.

Fans gather around a Batmobile before a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Fans gather around a Batmobile before a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"Adam West taught us each one of us had a heart of gold," Garcetti said. "There will never be another Batman like Adam West and there will never be another Adam West."

The Bat-Signal is projected onto City Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday night, June 15, 2017, during a tribute to "Batman" actor Adam West, who died last week at age 88. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo) © The Associated Press The Bat-Signal is projected onto City Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday night, June 15, 2017, during a tribute to "Batman" actor Adam West, who died last week at age 88. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)

The mayor also led the citizens in a rendition of the TV show theme song, which consisted of playfully singing "nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah" to imitate the driving rhythm.

Burt Ward, who co-starred in the "Batman" television series, waves to fans during a tribute to Adam West that included lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Burt Ward, who co-starred in the "Batman" television series, waves to fans during a tribute to Adam West that included lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

On display was a red Bat-Phone like the one Gotham City's Commissioner James Gordon used to chat with Batman in the TV series.

Ralph Garman, left, Lee Meriwether and Burt Ward appear at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that included lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ralph Garman, left, Lee Meriwether and Burt Ward appear at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that included lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

West's wife and children attended the event, Garcetti said.

Lee Meriwether, who played Catwoman in "Batman: The Movie," watches during a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that included lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Lee Meriwether, who played Catwoman in "Batman: The Movie," watches during a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that included lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Burt Ward, who played Robin on the show, called the actor a "family man."

A Batphone appears at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes the lighting of a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press A Batphone appears at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes the lighting of a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"He loved humanity. He loved his fans," he said.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks as Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck looks on at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks as Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck looks on at a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Before the lighting, people lined up to take photos with two red-and-black, sharp-finned Batmobiles parked on the sidewalk. Some wore Batman masks and others wore capes, T-shirts and hats adorned with the Batman TV logo.

Burt Ward, who co-starred in the "Batman" television series, speaks at a tribute to Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Burt Ward, who co-starred in the "Batman" television series, speaks at a tribute to Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-Signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Katie Aiani said she idolized West.

Edith Recinos, of El Monte, Calif., dressed at the Joker, attends a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Edith Recinos, of El Monte, Calif., dressed at the Joker, attends a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I grew up watching him," the 29-year-old said. "It was my childhood."

Chat Evett, of La Junta, Colo., dressed as the Riddler, attends a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Chat Evett, of La Junta, Colo., dressed as the Riddler, attends a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West that includes lighting a Bat-signal at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"He's a legend," said Chad Evatt, a 30-year-old costume designer who made a Riddler costume to wear to the event. "For the longest time he was the only Batman and that's a position that commands respect."

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 1989, file photo, actors Adam West, left, and Burt Ward, dressed as their characters Batman and Robin, pose for a photo at the "World of Wheels" custom car show in Chicago. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the Bat-Signal will shine over the city on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in tribute to West, who died June 9 at the age of 88. (AP Photo/Mark Elias, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 27, 1989, file photo, actors Adam West, left, and Burt Ward, dressed as their characters Batman and Robin, pose for a photo at the "World of Wheels" custom car show in Chicago. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the Bat-Signal will shine over the city on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in tribute to West, who died June 9 at the age of 88. (AP Photo/Mark Elias, File)

Justin Harrison, 43, wore a Batman costume and said West was not only an actor but someone who "inspired millions."

Mike Justin Harrison, wearing a Batman costume, and Chad Evatt, who is dressed as the Riddler, pose for a photo outside City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles before a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo) © The Associated Press Mike Justin Harrison, wearing a Batman costume, and Chad Evatt, who is dressed as the Riddler, pose for a photo outside City Hall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Los Angeles before a tribute to "Batman" star Adam West. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
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