Saturday, May 21, 2016

THE LAST MOVIE HOUSE

The Sierra Theater, Chowchilla, Ca.
The Sierra Theater was the larger (474 seats) of two motion picture houses in the small town of Chowchilla. Built in 1941, the Sierra Theater closed in the mid to late '70s, but stood, abandoned until it was demolished in 2006. As you can see in the last B&W photo, there used to be an outdoor ticket booth.
The first three photos were taken by me in 1997. My partner was born and raised in Chowchilla, as was his father, who, as a teen, worked at the Sierra Theater.
The last to photos were found on the site Cinema Treasures

Rear view of the Sierra Theater

 
Cinema Treasures


Thursday, April 28, 2016

THE MAGIC KINGDOM

I haven't visited in ages, but no blog devoted to California Koo Koo would be complete without a trip to Anaheim's primary attraction, Disneyland.





Friday, March 11, 2016

I SEE ME

Funny to see one's name stamped on everything in sight. It's enough to turn a person into a bloviating megalomaniac with a narcissistic personality disorder. 
Kenneth Village in Glendale is a shopping district located on Kenneth Road between Sonora and Grandview Avenues. The Kenneth emblazoned across everything is said to be the middle name of the son of one of the earliest homeowners in the area, a Mr. Walter Dow, who built a home there in 1896.


Ken Anderson's Bait Co. is actually painted on a building on Main Street in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It's named for the late Ken B. Anderson, a longtime animator and art director for many Walt Disney films.

Monday, February 22, 2016

MORE SIGNS

The late and lamented Dan-Dee Shoe Repair on Vine St near Hollywood Blvd. A (suspicious) nearby fire in 2008 gutted neighboring businesses on this historic block eyed by land developers. After occupying this place for many decades (at least since the 50s) Dan-Dee was demolished. 

The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood

The Hollywood Downtowner Motel on Hollywood Blvd.



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

THE DOCTOR IS IN

Located in Brand Park in Glendale, Doctors House Museum and Gazebo is a Victorian house built in 1888 that was home to four different families of physicians. Originally located on Wilson Avenue, the house was moved in 1979 to Brand Park where it was renovated and opened as a museum in 1984. Tours are held, and the museum features displays of Victorian era artifacts. 

The house was the home of silent screen star Nell Shipman from 1970 to 1920

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

RAINBOW CONNECTION

In October 2015,  Sony Pictures  in Culver City, CA (formerly MGM studios) erected this 94-high, steel rainbow. The $1.6 million installation by artist Tony Tasset graces the studio where "The Wizard of Oz" (source of the song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow") was made in 1930, and overlooks a billboard announcing the return of Judy Garland's 60s TV show (titled The Judy Garland Show, appropriately enough) to Get-TV, a Sony Pictures Entertainment network.subsidiary.


To get the whole view, here's a photo Sony Pictures posted on Twitter

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BREAKING MY BACK PUTTING UP A FRONT FOR YOU


Warner Bros. Studios - Burbank
West Hollywood Library mural by Shepard Fairey
Pantages Theater, Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood Stars Mosaic Facade of the Home & Savings Bank (currently CHASE)
on the corner of Sunset & Vine in Hollywood. Built in 1968