LA In Memoriam

Here lie the ghosts of LA’s past—lost to time, but not forgotten.

 

The Pan-Pacific Auditorium opened on May 18, 1935 in the Fairfax District as a stunning example of Steamline Moderne architecture, with its green and white facade and distinguishable fin like towers and flagpoles. Behind the entrance was a wooden auditorium that could hold 6000 guests…

pan-pacific auditorium


Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field—one of the great baseball cathedrals lost to time—was built in LA in 1925 by William Wrigley Jr., chewing gum titan and owner of the Chicago Cubs, after he purchased the Los Angeles Angels minor league team that same year. And while today Wrigley Field is largely synonymous with Chicago, that park was not named for Wrigley until 1927, making the LA location the original Wrigley Field… 


So far our LA in Memoriam series has highlighted some of LA’s long lost historical landmarks, but with Disney's acquisition now finalized, we’d like to take a moment to bid adieu and eulogize an institution that has contributed to the history and culture of LA and beyond for more than 100 years—20th Century Fox…

20th century fox


Colony club

The Colony Club was located at 149th Street and Western Avenue in Gardena, and unfortunately little is recorded about the history of the establishment. Starting in the 1930s, Gardena transformed from a quiet farming town into a haven for nightlife—gambling was permitted at legalized cardrooms, and nightclubs like the Colony Club soon followed. Likely opened in 1947, the Colony Club offered cocktails, dinner, dancing till 2AM, and shows 7 nights a week including the well-known "Battle of the Burlesque Queens" every Tuesday…


The Carthay Circle Theatre is one of LA’s historic movie palaces lost to time. The theatre opened on May 18, 1926 with a screening of Cecil B. De Mille’s The Volga Boatman, and quickly gained popularity among moviegoers, earning the nickname of “The Showplace of the Golden West.” The building was designed by architect Archibald Dwight Gibbs in a Spanish revival style as homage to the founders and pioneers of California...

Carthay circle theater


Jack’s basket room

One of the legendary venues of LA’s Central Avenue Jazz Corridor, Jack’s Basket Room was a jazz club run by Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion. The club featured jazz as hot as its chicken, which was served until 2am, and it counted Charlie “Bird” Parker as one of its regulars.