Lamplighter in Van Nuys!

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Lamplighter in Van Nuys!

Postby babyblue65bird » Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:50 am

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the mundane awning in front of The Lamplighter on Van Nuys Blvd had been removed, and that the building was being painted. I figured they had removed it to facilitate the painting, but when I drove by again yesterday at dusk, the awning was still gone, the arch was painted and they had restored the pinhole can lights, and replaced the home depot lights inside with MCM white globes! It looks FANTASTIC! They've really brought the building back!
Where are we going & what are we doing in this handbasket?

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Postby Futura Girl » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:34 pm

wowee! thanks for reporting this.

okay - may i really should drag out the valley book and finish the darn thing once and for all. if lamplighter bring it on back - so can i.
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Postby Adriene » Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:49 am

Stopped in at The Lamplighter again -- wow, it's really coming along! Talked to the owner and interior designer who were extremely nice to talk to. It's been such a long time since I've seen the restaurant without the awning I'd almost forgotten how cool the architecture is (especially all lit up at night). Almost Tiki-esque, with those exposed beams--like outriggers--surrounded by Giant Birds of Paradise.

After all these years, it was really fun to be back on that little strip of Van Nuys Blvd. again, especially now that Frank Corrente has moved his classic Cadillac dealership next door (previously on Sunset Blvd.).

The Lamplighter is still the only Googie coffee shop I know of that has an original Armet + Davis plaque. Can you believe that we live in a time where one of the very last original Googie coffee shops in the San Fernando Valley is coming back? They're even adopting their former name, Corky's! (The Lamplighter was originally Stanley Burke's, then Corky's.)

Soon we will all be gathering at Corky's on Van Nuys Cruise Nights! Who woulda thought...?

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Postby Perks » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:30 am

I *knew* something looked different about it! I drove by yesterday evening while en route to the Cruise Night meetup, and while passing I was struck by how much better it looked than I remembered it being.

I had breakfast there a few months ago (coincidentally, while on my way to talk to Frank Corrente), and I recall being rather disappointed at the condition of the place. I'm glad to see it's making a much-needed comeback.

Can't wait til I can grab dinner at Corky's before the cruise starts!
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Postby nichols » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:52 am

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1958 Via Jack Laxer/Armet & Davis/Googie Redux
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Postby nichols » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:45 am

Architect Eldon Davis in front of the plaque at
Stanley Burke's/Corky's/Lamplighter/Corky's
on Monday celebrating his 93rd birthday.


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Postby nichols » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:04 pm

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Postby Adriene » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:13 pm

Come meet us at the Lamplighter/Corky's tomorrow night
for the Van Nuys Cruise!

http://www.vannuyscruisingassociation.com/

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/13 ... -2010jan13

Cruise night returns to Van Nuys Boulevard
After a 28-year break, car lovers meet once a month on Wednesday nights to show off their souped-up muscle cars, restored classics and lowriders in a scene familiar a generation ago.
January 13, 2010|By Catherine Saillant

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Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

As the souped-up muscle cars, restored classics and lowriders cruise through the old Rydell Chevrolet lot on Van Nuys Boulevard, Reid Stolz takes stock of a scene that was familiar to anyone growing up in the San Fernando Valley a generation ago.

"Remember when we were young and the cops were old?" said Stolz, 51, watching an LAPD patrol car glide by. "Now the cops are young and we're old."

After a 28-year break, Stolz and other car lovers have brought cruising back to "The Boulevard," though the drivers are now more likely to be middle-aged guys with graying hair and grandkids, driven by nostalgia rather than teenage vanity.

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Postby Perks » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:09 pm

Brought the old Caddy out to the cruise night tonight. Stopped by to take a closer look at the Lamplighter. Wow! What a difference. They've done a great job at making her shine once more...Kudos!
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Postby modfan » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:33 am

That's what's happened to Genaro Molina after he left the Claremont Courier.

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Postby Perks » Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:47 pm

The Corky's sign went up today!

(Sorry...lousy cell phone photo, shot from my car.)

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Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:24 pm

nichols wrote:1958 Via Jack Laxer/Armet & Davis/Googie Redux
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Monday February 8


This entrance is magnificent. Alas, the door is securely locked, and the primary entrance is on the other side, off the parking lot, and offers no architectural significance.

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Postby ChrisLAXEncounter » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:25 pm

By the way, across the street, there appears to be another mid-century structure, which is almost a block long. Is it under construction? Does anyone know what it is?

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Postby nichols » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:12 pm

I just called and they said the front door is unlocked.
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Postby Perks » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:48 am

ChrisLAXEncounter wrote:By the way, across the street, there appears to be another mid-century structure, which is almost a block long. Is it under construction? Does anyone know what it is?

If I remember correctly, it's actually new construction for an expansion of the existing community center.
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Postby Futura Girl » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:59 am

chris, have you done a modcom meeting at corky's yet? they have a nice meeting room in back.
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