13 CLASSIC L.A. PLACES THAT ARE ABOUT TO DISAPPEAR

Most aren't designated landmarks, but that doesn't mean we won't miss them. Goodbye special places, hello blandness.
  1. 1.
    Formosa Cafe
    Featured in LA Confidential and countless Hollywood noir, the 90 year old restaurant enjoys landmark status--but only the exterior. The inside was recently gutted and the funky flavor erased.
  2. 2.
    Figueroa Hotel
    1920s Spanish style hotel with a 1990s Moroccan overlay will be renovated beginning next month.
  3. 3.
    Frederick's of Hollywood
    Venerable lingerie shop that had celebrity brassieres displayed on Hollywood Boulevard left us in April.
  4. 4.
    House of Blues
    The massive club opened in 1994 and will close Aug 7 to make room for mixed use condo-hotel.
  5. 5.
    El Dorado Lanes
    Another 1950s bowling alley goes under the knife to emerge as a luxury bowling center. The amazing mosaic tile outside the Westchester spot will stay.
  6. 6.
    Aidakoff Screening Room
    100-year-old Charles Aidakoff's private filmmakers' screening room on Rodeo Drive closes this week.
  7. 7.
    Jan's Coffee Shop
    1950s diner on Beverly in West Hollywood making room for a Chipotle.
  8. 8.
    Figueroa Tower Sky Lobby
    1989 bank building's 6th floor panorama mural threatened by new owners.
  9. 9.
    Belvedere Fireman's Recreation Club
    Century-old East L.A. club converted to apartments and later remodeled to lose its hand-painted sign.
  10. 10.
    Arby's neon sign
    Arby's Roast Beef in Van Nuys is now a Starbucks, its iconic cowboy hat in the Valley Relics museum.
  11. 11.
    Billy's Deli
    67-year-old Glendale restaurant once filled with sassy waitresses and black-and-white pictures.
  12. 12.
    Jewel's Catch One
    1972 nightclub once described as the "Nation's first black gay and lesbian disco" closed July 18.
  13. 13.
    San Pedro Waterfront Red Car
    Three restored and replica Pacific Electric red cars will be taken off track later this year.