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La Cienega Lanes

Postby Synthetrix » Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:41 pm

We are doing a job at work that has us scanning a bunch of old images of the musician Joe Walsh. One of them has him on the steps of an old bowling alley called La Cienega Lanes. The picture was taken in the 70s and the bowling alley appears to be boarded up in the photo, so I imagine it was torn down at some point after that.
Anyone know the address or cross street of where this bowling alley was located?
Unfortunately I can't post the picture, but maybe Chris has an old pic in his vast archives.
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Postby Gnomus » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:09 pm

This from IMDB on the movie Man in the Vault from 1956:

"A few key scenes take place in a bowling alley, actually Art Linkletter's La Cienega Lanes, which is of great documentary value in itself. Wait until you see the climax inside the bowling alley!"

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Postby nichols » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:28 am

Wow. Neat. I don't think I've heard of this one.. Synthetrix, do you work in the picture business? I used to be with an agency.

According to the LA Times, this place opened in 1940 at 8491 Santa Monica Blvd. (Northeast corner of La Cienega and Santa Monica) and was 17,500 square feet of bowling fun. It was purchased by Art Linkletter in 1949. The last mention of it is in December, 1976. Art is not doing so well this week or I'd call and ask for more details.
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This must be the place that reopened as Flipper's Roller Disco! It later became a clothing boutique and now it's a CVS Pharmacy. I guess I had heard it was once a bowling alley but never knew of the Linkletter connection. Thanks!
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Flipper's, 1980
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"A July (1979) opening is planned for this private roller-skating club for the Hollywood crowd. There will be strict membership regulations; hours will be "8 till late."
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Postby Synthetrix » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:20 pm

Thanks for the info.
I manage the color department at a commercial printing company.
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Postby nichols » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:26 pm

Maybe the ModCom will hit you up for printing help someday!
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Here it is!

Postby Synthetrix » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:13 pm

OK I quickly made some modifications and removed Joe, so that I could post this image.
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Postby nichols » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:03 pm

THAT'S AMAZING!
Here is the "after"
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Postby nichols » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:09 am

BTW, Synthetrix, you did an incredible job of deleting the human subject in that photo. I like to play around with Photoshop, but gee whiz!

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Postby Synthetrix » Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:47 pm

Thanks Chris. It could have been much better. I just did it quickly. I have been working in Photoshop professionally for over 15 years, so I guess it just comes naturally at this point.
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Postby SkipHome » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:02 pm

This was also the Esprit building, remodeled out of Flippers into a really cool space. When Esprit went away, unfortunately Sav On Drugs went it and destroyed the multi-level interior. It's worse now. CVS has added wooden siding to the modern concrete exterior, and even colored awnings! But inside is worse - hot pink plastic everywhere.

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Postby nichols » Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:44 pm

This morning...

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Postby nredom » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:47 am

Wow, that bowling pin-man on the sign looks a friendly fellow! Did he have a name? Any relation to the Michelin man, I wonder...? Where have all these joyful gents gone...?

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Postby nichols » Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:11 pm

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