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Fab Fifties Fan Aug 23, 2011 12:09 AM

Mickey Cohen's old hangout
 
Looks like in between it's lives as Sherry's and Gazarri's, it was this place.

http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/840...sunset1958.jpg
It was 1958 and Mickey was in between prison sentences, so maybe some goon (or his wife) was looking for him.

Or, maybe it was before 1:00 PM and someone needed a drink really bad.

Nile Hight Photo Collection

ethereal_reality Aug 23, 2011 12:31 AM

Hey Fab_Fifties_Fan, you get a glimpse of the Plymouth House (the infamous Sherry's) in this 8mm film from 1964.
You also get to see the Villa Nova Restaurant before it became the Rainbow Club....and of course there's the iconic Whiskey A-Go-Go.
(just past the Shell Station)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLv4g...yer_detailpage

across from the Plymouth House/Sherry's you get a brief glimpse of Scandia.

Albany NY Aug 23, 2011 12:35 AM

I always seem to notice weird things....
 
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/9...moredrivei.jpg
Just curious....was the drive-in used at some point as a public parking lot? Way too many cars there in the late morning/early afternoon when the shot was taken.

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/5...eaerial193.jpg
Also, is it possible that the Olympic Village was a re-purposed racetrack? Otherwise, it seems a very odd design layout for a village.

sopas ej Aug 23, 2011 12:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Albany NY (Post 5387125)
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/5...eaerial193.jpg
Also, is it possible that the Olympic Village was a re-purposed racetrack? Otherwise, it seems a very odd design layout for a village.

Welcome, Albany!

Actually, the 1932 Olympic Village was built entirely on undeveloped land, with little grading as possible, because it was meant to be temporary; they didn't want to create "scars" on the landscape. After the Olympics ended, the village was dismantled and no trace of it was left.

So no, there was no pre-existing racetrack in the Baldwin Hills. I wouldn't be surprised if the layout was in ovals, meant to be used as practice running tracks or whatever, though I know for the 1932 Olympics, a number of local high schools' athletic facilites were used for training, as well as the UCLA campus' athletic facilites, when the athletes arrived a number of weeks prior to the actual start of the Olympic Games.

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 23, 2011 2:11 AM

[QUOTE=Albany NY;5387125]http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/9...moredrivei.jpg
Just curious....was the drive-in used at some point as a public parking lot? Way too many cars there in the late morning/early afternoon when the shot was taken.

Hey Albany NY, Welcome to the thread!

Actually, I wondered the same thing and the only conclusion I came up with is that this picture was taken on a Sunday, because I found out that church services were held at the drive-in in the late 50s and early 60s. My cousins grew up really close to there. Of course, the Gilmore family knows how to make money and I wouldn't be surprised if they also made it a public lot during the week.

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 23, 2011 2:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5387118)
Hey Fab_Fifties_Fan, you get a glimpse of the Plymouth House (the infamous Sherry's) in this 8mm film from 1964.
You also get to see the Villa Nova Restaurant before it became the Rainbow Club....and of course there's the iconic Whiskey A-Go-Go.
(just past the Shell Station)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLv4g...yer_detailpage

across from the Plymouth House/Sherry's you get a brief glimpse of Scandia.

Thanks so much for that link etheral_reality! The area looked VERY much the same when I hung out there in the mid 70's. We used to go to Gazarri's regularly to hear the bands and they had cheap pitchers of beer on week nights! Perfect for starving students. :cheers:

Villa Nova was already the Rainbow by then and the Largo was way too expensive, I think they charged a $1.00 cover AND their pitchers of beer were $3.00.....RIDICULOUS!!!

ethereal_reality Aug 23, 2011 3:30 AM

Thanks for sharing your Sunset Strip memories Fab_Fifties_Fan!
Small details like that are very often lost.

Did you ever go to Pandora's Box?

sopas ej Aug 23, 2011 3:59 AM

Hey ethereal, that video of the Sunset Strip 1964 is awesome, I've been watching it over and over again full screen.

Here's another gem; it's labeled as Los Angeles 1920s but it looks more like the mid-1910s to me, judging by the cars, fashions, and the fact that Pershing Square was being referred to as Central Park.

Video Link

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 23, 2011 4:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5387309)
Thanks for sharing your Sunset Strip memories Fab_Fifties_Fan!
Small details like that are very often lost.

Did you ever go to Pandora's Box?

Unfortunately, two of the most infamous 60's clubs, Pandora's Box and the London Fog, were gone by the time I moved there in '75. Sunset Strip was becoming pretty seedy by then and only the small part where Gazarri's, Rainbow and Largo were was very comfortable to hang out in.

We actually did most of our partying at little neighborhood bars in Silver Lake and Los Feliz.

Engineeral Aug 23, 2011 3:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5387095)
Looks like in between it's lives as Sherry's and Gazarri's, it was this place.

https://i.imgur.com/jB14WLL.jpg


It was 1958 and Mickey was in between prison sentences, so maybe some goon (or his wife) was looking for him.

Or, maybe it was before 1:00 PM and someone needed a drink really bad.

Nile Hight Photo Collection

So if it's The Plymouth House, why is there a '56 Ford trying to get in? With another '56 Ford parked across the street?

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 23, 2011 4:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Engineeral (Post 5387723)
So if it's The Plymouth House, why is there a '56 Ford trying to get in? With another '56 Ford parked across the street?

Maybe the Ford people were rising up in protest because it wasn't named The Ford House????:D

ChristinaR Aug 23, 2011 5:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5387760)
Maybe the Ford people were rising up in protest because it wasn't named The Ford House????:D

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5386858)
and?............

anxiously waiting....................

Hi gsjansen,

All the Bunker Hill assessor log photos have be scanned, but are still in the queue to be cataloged. In the meantime, you can do a search for GPC_b27 (the filing number) to see all the recent construction images we have added, many of which you have already found.

Cheers.

nostalgie Aug 23, 2011 6:48 PM

Scott - despite your stated aversion to Farmers Market, some of us think of it with affection! The Gilmore Drive-In was a neighborhood standby for many years, until it was closed down around 1970. Some years ago, actress Michele Greene, who grew up in the Pico/Fairfax area, wrote a really sweet article for the LA Times Magazine about the Gilmore.

A noirish-note: I recall the Gilmore being used as a location on the "Police Story" tv series, maybe 1975 or '76, an episode with guest star Steve Lawrence chasing a suspect through the deserted Gilmore space.

GaylordWilshire Aug 23, 2011 7:44 PM

Michele Greene's article
 
:previous:

very nice

http://articles.latimes.com/2003/aug...ine/tm-grove32


I'm out of pocket for a few days--and upon returning find so much great new material and new faces too--

Like
Quote:

Originally Posted by Engineeral (Post 5387723)
So if it's The Plymouth House, why is there a '56 Ford trying to get in? With another '56 Ford parked across the street?

Any person who knows his or her '56 Fords is star

GaylordWilshire Aug 23, 2011 8:12 PM

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-B...2520AM.bmp.jpgyoutube

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-u...2520PM.bmp.jpgGoogle Street View
1300 South Santee Street

It's always great to find a building from the days when the city's name was pronounced "Los Angliss"--as
it is in the video that the top shot here came from--still standing and looking so good. South Santee Street--
just off East Pico Blvd--looks good, thriving and reminiscent of Larchmont Village (at least on Street View
it seems so...). Reminds me that there is so much to explore east of Main Street--

gsjansen Aug 23, 2011 9:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChristinaR (Post 5387838)
Hi gsjansen,

All the Bunker Hill assessor log photos have be scanned, but are still in the queue to be cataloged. In the meantime, you can do a search for GPC_b27 (the filing number) to see all the recent construction images we have added, many of which you have already found.

Cheers.


thanks CR! you're the best!

1st and hill looking north 1958

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092852.jpg
Source: LAPL

it's incredible when you think how astonishingly different this same view was just a mere 8 years before..................

ethereal_reality Aug 24, 2011 2:43 AM

This old photo from 1912 is baffling.
Was this 20 foot 'perpetual motion' machine built just to advertise McKee's Cafe at 520 So. Spring Street?



http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/571...almotionma.jpg
found on ebay

ethereal_reality Aug 24, 2011 2:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5388140)
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-B...2520AM.bmp.jpgyoutube

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-u...2520PM.bmp.jpgGoogle Street View
1300 South Santee Street

It's always great to find a building from the days when the city's name was pronounced "Los Angliss"--as
it is in the video that the top shot here came from--still standing and looking so good. South Santee Street--
just off East Pico Blvd--looks good, thriving and reminiscent of Larchmont Village (at least on Street View
it seems so...). Reminds me that there is so much to explore east of Main Street--


I LOVE discoveries like this!! A little pocket of history.

Ninja55 Aug 24, 2011 4:06 AM

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6075/...1cac661008.jpghttp://farm7.static.flickr.com/6075/...1cac661008.jpg

Joe Musso at his Egg Ranch in Baldwin Hills, Ca

Ninja55 Aug 24, 2011 4:08 AM

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6207/...e81efc2fe4.jpg

Joe and Emma (my grandma) at the ranch


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