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by Gnomus
Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Papoo's Hot Dog Show - Toluca Lake
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Sad indeed. This is one of my favorite hot dog places.
by Gnomus
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: All About the Pasadena Playhouse August 27
Replies: 1
Views: 812

Just added! Everyone who attends this event will be entered into a drawing for a Pasadena Playhouse subscription for one for the 2011-2010 season.

Thank you, Playhouse!
by Gnomus
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: All About the Pasadena Playhouse August 27
Replies: 1
Views: 812

All About the Pasadena Playhouse August 27

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation will be giving tours of the Pasadena Playhouse on Saturday, August 27th. Members will receive a free tour at 10 a.m., and we'll be opening it up to the general public at 11 a.m. and noon for $5 a person. Part of this fee will go to help out the Playhouse. ...
by Gnomus
Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Free Tour Fox Village, Bruin, Crest -- April 17
Replies: 3
Views: 1217

Yes, this is the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. Sometimes I get so enthusiastic about events that I forget little details like who we are! The web site posted is correct. We also have an active Facebook page and are known for giving comprehensive tours of historic theatres. We recently par...
by Gnomus
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - Your help is needed today!
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

In today's SMPD, loud mouth Bill Bauer calls Welton Becket a "mediocre mid-20th century architect," and calls the Civic Auditorium a "big, ugly box." http://www.smdp.com/pdf/060611.pdf It's under "My Write" on page 4. Anybody have a response to his claims about the Civi...
by Gnomus
Sat May 28, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - Your help is needed today!
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, the city counsel has voted to renovate the Civic Auditorium.
by Gnomus
Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: BEST OF LOTTA LIVING
Topic: Googie Coffee Shops
Replies: 29
Views: 16370

Re: Picks. Nice find. Googie Redux doesn't list this coffee shop. The sign greatly resembles Sherri's/Farmer's/G.G.'s on La Brea in Inglewood.
by Gnomus
Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: In Praise of Googie Car Washes
Replies: 47
Views: 9157

This is the last Googie car wash in LA county (that I know of) that I hadn't photographed. Managed to get out to Hacienda Heights yesterday. Not a great day, but here it is: the Hacienda Car Wash, 15734 Gale Avenue, Hacienda Heights... http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj262/Gnomus_photos/Googie%20...
by Gnomus
Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

The Valley Relics group on Facebook previously identified this as the North Hollywood location: http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj262/Gnomus_photos/Z%20-%20Not%20My%20Photo/big_donut_drive-in_early_1960s_los_.jpg However, in this photo, notice the Chuck Wagon in the background: http://i274.photob...
by Gnomus
Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Help! Flooring contractor needed in Orange County, CA.
Replies: 2
Views: 1038

You'd be better off posting this in the "Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes" section.
by Gnomus
Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

I thought there were other locations to the Donut Hole chain (4 others, if I remember correctly), but the one in La Puente was the only one with the donuts framing the entrance and exit...
by Gnomus
Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: BEST OF LOTTA LIVING
Topic: Googie Coffee Shops
Replies: 29
Views: 16370

Googie's makes an appearance in this TV show, in the segment on James Dean.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/185283/the-hu ... -episode-5
by Gnomus
Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Giant objects
Replies: 77
Views: 28800

Down at the Library yesterday, I was looking at the LA Times index and found an article on giant object architecture from Steve Harvey dated 6/20/85 with this quote from Arthur Whizin about his Chili Bowls: "When the Long Beach earthquake hit, my Chili Bowl on Florence (Avenue in Huntington Par...
by Gnomus
Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

To answer my own question: I was at the LAPL yesterday, pestering the librarians about the Big Donut chain. One of the California Indexes had a card with a statement to the effect of "Do people in other places wash their cars inside a donut?" So it appears that the Donut Hole may have been...
by Gnomus
Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

A couple more finds from Kathy. Dennis Stock took this photo of the Culver City Big Donut in 1960: http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj262/Gnomus_photos/Z%20-%20Not%20My%20Photo/04-DennisStock-sepulveda-washington-1960.jpg And then, seven years later was shooting stills on the set of Planet of the ...
by Gnomus
Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

In the sake of thoroughness, here are two Zippy comic strips featuring the five extant Big Donuts. I started contributing photos to Bill Griffith to use for the strip in late 2005; these appeared in 2006 and are typically... odd. http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj262/Gnomus_photos/Z%20-%20Not%20M...
by Gnomus
Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

The Santa Monica Public Library has a copy of Charles Jencks' 1979 book, "Bizarre Architecture," and I just got back from taking a look at it. Ahh, I miss the days when you could write just about anything and someone somewhere would publish it... Most of the buildings in the book barely qu...
by Gnomus
Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:40 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

Thanks, Deanna! This next mystery photo is kind of small. If anyone has a better copy, please share. http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj262/Gnomus_photos/Z%20-%20Not%20My%20Photo/CharlesPhoenixBigDonut.jpg Also, we've seen four different designs: with the donut oriented to the left, with the donut...
by Gnomus
Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

Another mystery photo, from the book "Bizarre Architecture" by Charles Jencks, 1979, and found on a University of Minnesota webpage by Kathy, granddaughter of the co-owner of the Big Donut chain. http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj262/Gnomus_photos/Z%20-%20Not%20My%20Photo/CharlesJencks-...
by Gnomus
Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

That's a great find, even if it doesn't show the building. Also, the caption gives us the opening date of another location. And I've edited the mystery photo to reflect her new info. Thanks!
by Gnomus
Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Home Savings buildings
Replies: 210
Views: 32454

Visited my local HS&L again yesterday: http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj262/Gnomus_photos/Home%20S%20and%20L/Solosan-SantaMonicaHomeSavings.jpg This is five shots stitched together and spruced up in Photoshop. I tried to clean up the gold bands a bit. The fountain out front has been turned i...
by Gnomus
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Mid century musts near Disneyland?
Replies: 11
Views: 2854

The convention center on Katella is worth a look.
by Gnomus
Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

Here's that Reseda shot that Deanna linked.

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by Gnomus
Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

Deanna, I've been contacted by one of the people who posted on that Facebook page. Her grandfather, Royal Stearns and a man named George Wilson owned 33% of the Big Donut Drive-in chain, and Pup 'n' Taco. Royal Stearns ran the Compton, Inglewood, Van Nuys and Reseda locations. Stearns' brother Paul ...
by Gnomus
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: All About the Belasco Theater, LA, February 26th
Replies: 0
Views: 785

All About the Belasco Theater, LA, February 26th

Fresh from a 10 million dollar restoration and renovation, the Belasco Theater is set to open as a multi-purpose entertainment venue. The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and the Belasco Theater have a shared history; our first offices were located here. So come down, see what they've done wi...
by Gnomus
Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: "You are in the Village"
Replies: 2
Views: 1926

Alpine Village in Torrance, CA.

Solvang, CA.
by Gnomus
Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

I've gone through the photos I've collected and it turns out there's only one I can't ID. http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj262/Gnomus_photos/Z%20-%20Not%20My%20Photo/BWBigDonut.jpg Kindle's and Dale's both have the same "donut oriented to the left." Or it could be one of the demolished...
by Gnomus
Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Randy's Donuts, Los Angeles, California
Replies: 55
Views: 12128

Nice finds, Deanna!

I should see if I have any other unidentified photos and let people take a crack at locating them.
by Gnomus
Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: LA, United Artists Theatre tour, Dec 11
Replies: 1
Views: 810

Event has been postponed, probably to new year. Will post new info as it arrives.
by Gnomus
Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: LA, United Artists Theatre tour, Dec 11
Replies: 1
Views: 810

LA, United Artists Theatre tour, Dec 11

Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is offering a rare opportunity to see the United Artists in downtown LA, 933 S Broadway, on Saturday, December 11th. This theater has been closed to the public for over 20 years. There will be a special full access members-only tour starting at 9:30 a.m. This ...

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