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Los Angeles Signs (page 3)

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Capitol Burgers
Los Angeles, CA
Talpa
Mexican Restaurant
Los Angeles, CA
Don Antonio's
Los Angeles, CA
Capitol Burgers inexplicably pays tribute to Sacramento in this plastic sign. For more, see this website. [map]

The Talpa Mexican Restaurant sign features a politically incorrect snoozing Mexican man. For more, see this website. [map]

Don Antonio's opened in 1982. This sign must be from then. In 2017, the sign crashed to the ground. It's not known yet if it will be repaired and reinstalled. [map]

Meltdown Comics
Los Angeles, CA
Mini Melt Too [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
Prayer Changes Things
Los Angeles, CA
Meltdown Comics opened in 1993. The signs feature the stores' alien mascot, "Mel". The character was designed by cartoonist Dan Clowes. The sign at the original location was obviously installed on top of a pre-existing sign. This store is closing in 2018. The sign will most likely be removed. [map]

Mini Melt Too was the second location of Meltdown Comics. There is another comic store there now and this sign is gone.

This Prayer Changes Things sign is installed on the side of the Belasco Theatre. The theatre was built in 1926. It was purchased by the Immanuel Gospel Temple in 1950 and converted into a church. This sign was added at that time. The theatre has since been converted into a performing arts venue but the Prayer sign remains. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Sarno's Caffe dell'Opera
Los Angeles, CA
Sarno's Caffe dell'Opera opened in 1946 and closed in 2000. It is best remembered for its bakery and opera singers. This sign is still there because a family member owns the building. The space is now occupied by the Rockwell Table & Stage restaurant. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Rite Aid
Los Angeles, CA
Far East Cafe
Los Angeles, CA
Gruen Watch
Los Angeles, CA
Musso & Frank Grill
Los Angeles, CA
This Rite Aid sign originally advertised for Thrifty Drug. The "trilon" sign is 65 feet tall. It was built around 1952 when the shopping center opened. The store and trilon were designed by AC Martin & Associates. The original Thrifty neon was built by QRS Neon. Originally, the sign was painted red and had neon. The first photo is from 2008. In 2016, the trilon was painted beige. [map]

The Far East Cafe opened here in 1935. This sign is probably from then. The building was damaged by an earthquake in 1994. The restaurant reopened in 2006 as the Chop Suey Cafe. [map]

The Gruen Watch sign hangs above the Wanna Buy a Watch store. For more, see this website. [map]

The Musso & Frank Grill opened in 1919 as Frank's Cafe. The name was changed in the early 1920s. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Ambassador Dog & Cat Hospital
Los Angeles, CA
The Ambassador Dog & Cat Hospital opened in 1920 and is still in operation. The rooftop sign is probably from the late 1920s. It had neon originally and the doctor's name at the bottom is composed of opal glass letters. [map]

Kingsley House
Los Angeles, CA
The Kingsley House apartments were built in 1930. This sign may be from then. [map]

Farley Brothers
Storage
Los Angeles, CA
Tom Bergin's Horseshoe Tavern
Los Angeles, CA
Good Luck Bar
Los Angeles, CA
The Griffin
Los Angeles, CA
Farley Brothers Storage was established in 1952. I don't know if this was the company's original location but this sign appears to be from the 1950s. This photo is from 2012. The company was no longer located there but the sign remained intact until 2018 when it was removed for restoration or adaptation. [map]

Tom Bergin's Horseshoe Tavern was established in 1936. It has been here since 1949. The shamrock shaped sign was built in the 1950s. They other sign might be older. For more, see this website. [map]

The Good Luck Bar sign is modern. The bar opened in 1994. For more, see this website. [map]

I believe this sign at the The Griffin bar is also modern. For more, see this website. [map]

Casa Bianca Pizza
Los Angeles, CA
Tony's
Schwinn Bike Shop
Los Angeles, CA
Top Valu Market
East Los Angeles, CA
Frank's Liquor
& Market
East Los Angeles, CA
Casa Bianca Pizza opened in 1955 and these signs are probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Tony's Schwinn Bike Shop opened in 1948. This sign may be from the 1950s. [map]

The Top Valu Market was part supermarket chain based in Los Angeles. There are several other stores that have plastic variations of this sign. This is the only neon sign left that I know of. In later versions of this logo, the grocery boy's Tam o'Shanter hat was replaced with a ball cap. This was probably done for political correctness. Many supermarkets used Scottish men as their mascots because of the stereotype of their thriftiness. [map]

The Frank's Liquor & Market sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Cindy's Restaurant
Los Angeles, CA
2012: 2015:
Cindy's Restaurant opened in 1948. While the owners believe this sign is original, it is most likely from the 1960s. In 2014, the new owners raised $16,500 through a successful Kickstarter campaign to restore the sign. [map]

United Foods
Los Angeles, CA
Phoenix Bakery
Los Angeles, CA
Chinatown East Gate
Los Angeles, CA
The United Foods store in Chinatown is gone but this sign remains. [map]

The Phoenix Bakery was established in 1938. In 1977, the business moved to this location. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Chinatown East Gate was built in 1938. The Gate and nearby buildings have been outlined with neon since then. [map]

Gin Ling Gifts
Los Angeles, CA
K.G. Louie Company
Los Angeles, CA
These signs are located in Chinatown. The Gin Ling Gifts and Giftfair signs have been here since at least the 1950s. There is also another vintage gift shop sign at Sincere Gifts. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The K.G. Louie Company has been here since 1938. This sign appears to be from the 1950s. The Buddha's hands and smile are animated. For more, see this website.

Economy Meats
Los Angeles, CA
Lupita's Seafood
Los Angeles, CA
Jones Grain Mill
Los Angeles, CA
China Cafe
Los Angeles, CA
These signs are on display at the food stalls of Grand Central Market. The market opened in 1917 and has been in continuous operation since then. In the 1990s, the market was renovated and these vintage signs were restored. New neon signs were also created. The Economy Meats sign is now located at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA.

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