PLACES I WISH STILL EXISTED
Los Angeles Edition
- •Garden of Allah- Mansion turned hotel for Hollywood elite. It was located at the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset. Purportedly the inspiration for "paved paradise put up a parking lot."
- •Pickfair- home of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Pia Zadora tore it down.
- •The Source- Health food restaurant and home base for the Source Family cult. Restaurant makes an appearance in Annie Hall. Watch the documentary about the Source Family. Now Cabo Cantina.
- •The Brown Derby. Restaurant/club shaped like a hat! It still stands on Wilshire Blvd but they built a shopping mall around it.
- •Ambassador Hotel- Famed hotel. Home of the Cocoanut Grove and Paul Williams-designed coffee shop. Location of RFK's assassination. Torn down and replaced with a high school.
- •PonylandRickety amusement park and petting zoo populated with overfrd and cranky geese on the site of the beverly centerSuggested by @richardrushfield
- •ChasensStarted by a vaudeville clown. Signature dish at the miost glamorous restaurant on earth- hobo steak. Steak wrapped in bacon cooked at your table in one stick of butterSuggested by @richardrushfield
- •Beverly Hills Speedway. According to Wikipedia the site was bounded by Wilshire Boulevard, South Beverly Drive, Olympic Boulevard and Lasky Drive
- •Gilmore StadiumFormer home of the Los Angeles Bulldogs (LA's first football team) and midget car races. The site is now home to CBS Television City.
- •Hollywood Star LanesThe bowling alley in "The Big Lebwoski." Torn down by the LAUSD. Now the site of a Junior High. Between the loss of the Ambassador Hotel and this place, I have realized the Los Angeles School District may be the real villain of this list. Suggested by @gilbaron