Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WELCOME TO THE THEATER

The Hollywood Palladium Theater- Sunset Blvd.  Built in 1940

The Tower Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. 
Built in 1927, the site of the premiere of "The Jazz Singer" that same year


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A YARN ABOUT THREAD

Giant Spool of Thread sign atop a building in Downtown Los Angeles' Garmet Dictrict


Old Laundry sign painted on building  on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

REDD FOXX WALK OF FAME

933 La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, Ca. is the former site of Redd Foxx Productions. The black and white striped building housed the production offices of the iconic African-American comedian from the mid-70s (the heyday of his hit sitcom, Sanford & Son) through to the late 80s.
Back in 1978 I used to attend Columbia College, a film & television school, which then was located next door (behind the trees in the photo above) and would pass by the glittering offices every day. If memory serves, the facade of the Redd Foxx Building was red where the tiles are currently white, and the side (shown yellow, above) was painted completely red with an caricatured drawing of a fox, which served as the comedian's logo.

In the cement forecourt of the building was the "Redd Foxx Walk of Fame" where Foxx and many of his friends and associates placed their footprints in cement, a la Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Although the building stands empty today, the footprints remain.

The late, great LaWanda Page, who portrayed "Aunt Esther" on Sanford & Son, is given support by Foxx himself as she places her footprints in the cement in the forecourt of  Redd Foxx Production. Image is from Jet Magazine, dated October 19, 1987
A few samples of the footprints. Alas, many of the people who signed these are unknown to me and Google hasn't been much help. 

Tony (Anthony) Major helped run Redd Foxx Productions and a producer on Sanford & Sons 
Leroy & Skillet (Leroy Daniels and Ernest Mayhand) were a comedy team. They made several "party records" with LaWanda Page

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

LOOK TO THE SKIES

Sign atop Jensen's Recreation Center in Echo Park, California. The sign is atop the 3-story building built in 1924 by Henry Jensen. The electric sign, depicting a bowler striking a set of pins, advertised the billiard room and bowling alley that occupied the complex that also housed a drugstore.

Eccentric advertising by the folks behind the Mini Cooper in 2013 featured an automobile used as a standing lamppost outside of the Hollywood/Highland complex on Hollywood Blvd. as part of its "Not Normal" campaign.

Monday, February 24, 2014

LIKE A CIRCLE IN A SPIRAL, LIKE A WHEEL WITHIN A WHEEL

This Denny's Restaurant located on Huntington Drive in Arcadia, Ca. sports a non-functioning windmill atop its angular roof. Built in 1967, it started life as a Van De Kamps restaurant and the windmill actually turned.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WHAT A DUMP! (Not really, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity)

The Bette Davis Picnic Area
Glendale, Ca
Although I can't think of a single actress who least comes to mind when thinking about a nice picnic outing,  legend has it that The Bette Davis Picnic Area, a part of Griffith Park located near the LA River, was named for the actress because she once owned a home on nearby Rancho Avenue.

Friday, December 27, 2013

WHILE LENIN READ A BOOK ON MARX

Sculpture by the Gao Brothers - "Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself  at the Top of Lenin's Head" on display on LaBrea Avenue at 4th at the Ace Museum.