Los Angeles Signs (page 4)

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House of Spirits
Los Angeles, CA
The House of Spirits signs are probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Big 6 Market [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
City Center Motel
Los Angeles, CA
Gospel Temple
Los Angeles, CA
Tony's Shoe Repair
Los Angeles, CA
The neon had been removed from the Big 6 Market signs when this photo was taken in 2012. The store is still there. However, in 2014, the signs were replaced with backlit plastic letters and the "Market" arrow sign was removed. [map]

The City Center Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. In 2015, it was announced that the motel would be demolished. I don't know what will happen with the sign. [map]

The Immanuel Gospel Temple sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. It is installed on the Belasco Theater building. [map]

The Tony's Shoe Repair sign is probably from the 1950s or so. [map]

Royal Viking Motel [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
2012: 2015:
These two Royal Viking Motel signs were probably built in the 1950s and/or 1960s. In 2014, the motel was renamed the Pod Inn. The signs were adapted. In 2017, the motel reverted to the original name of the Royal Viking Inn. The rectangular sign was painted white and now has backlit plastic letters. The "MOTEL" portion of the other sign was replaced with a plastic box. The frame above that was empty, exposing the fluorescent tubes. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Bekins Moving
& Storage [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
former Bekins
Moving & Storage
Los Angeles, CA
Premiere Motel
Los Angeles, CA
Steinway & Sons
Los Angeles, CA
Psychic Temple
Los Angeles, CA
Bekins Moving & Storage was founded in 1891 in Sioux City, IA. Eventually, the company would build locations in 14 states. These castle-like buildings were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. The Los Angeles sign was removed in 2013 and replaced with a Public Storage sign. There are several other examples of the company's vintage signs around the country, including Fresno, CA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Sioux City, IA. Many of the signs have been adapted by other storage facilities and other businesses like the one at Emser Tile shown above. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [Emser map]

The Hollywood Premiere Motel was built in 1960. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

This Steinway & Sons store is gone but the sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

I don't know the age of the Psychic Temple's palmistry sign. The panel is tacked onto a plastic panel underneath. [map]

Los Angeles, CA
The Mint
Los Angeles, CA
Newland Hardware
Los Angeles, CA
Adee Plumbing
and Heating
Los Angeles, CA
The President Apartments was built in 1928. This sign is probably from then. However, it appears the letters on the panels were replaced at some point. Border details were probably removed as well. This photo is from 2014. Just a few months later, this sign was repainted a darker blue. [map]

The Mint nightclub opened in 1937. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Newland Hardware might be from the 1950s. The name on the sign might have been updated. [map]

Adee Plumbing and Heating was established in 1949. The rooftop sign and the facade signs are from the 1950s. The brown sign in the background was built in the 1920s and originally advertised for Western Auto Supply. For more, see this website. [map]

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel opened in 1927. Vintage photos don't show any rooftop signs at that point. The first photo shown above had been installed by 1937. The other sign was there by the 1950s. One of the signs was originally topped with Hollywood letters. Those letters were gone by the 1950s. [map]

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Cinegrill restaurant and nightclub opened in 1936. There was no rooftop sign originally. This sign was apparently installed shortly by the 1940s. It was replaced with a lozenge-shaped panel soon after that. By the early 1950s, the panel with the stars had been added. The lozenge-shaped panel had neon "Cinegrill" letters across its center. By the late 1970s, that panel became a message board and the Cinegrill neon letters were added on top of it. In 2012, the message board panel was replaced with an electronic screen. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [map]

The Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
Schwab's Restaurant [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
El Royale Apartments
Los Angeles, CA
The Broadway Hollywood was built in 1927 as Dyas Emporium. Dyas closed in 1931 and The Broadway department store moved into the space. Two rooftop signs were installed that same year. Only one sign remains. The sign had been dark for years but was restored and relit in 2005. The department store closed in the late 1980s and was used as office space. The building now houses shops and condos. For more, see this website. [map]

There were five Schwab's Pharmacy locations in the Los Angeles area. The most famous of them was the one was Sunset & Vine which opened in 1932. It closed in 1983 and the building was demolished in 1987. In 2004, the "Schwab's Restaurant", shown above, opened just down the block, in memory of the famous pharmacy's lunch counter. This sign was a recreation of the original Schwab's sign. However, the restaurant only lasted about a year. The space later houses a Kabuki Japanese Restaurant but this rooftop sign remained until the letters were removed in 2017. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The El Royale Apartments building was designed by William Douglas Lee and built in 1929. The rooftop and entrance signs may be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

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