New Exhibit: ‘LA Landmarks: Lost and Almost Lost’

A soon-to-open display at the Central Library spotlights a number of now-gone Southern California structures, as well as those that nearly met the same fate.

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"L.A. Landmarks: Lost and Almost Lost" is on view at the History & Genealogy Department, Central Library LL4, from Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.
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"L.A. Landmarks: Lost and Almost Lost" is on view at the History & Genealogy Department, Central Library LL4, from Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Pictured: The Pan-Pacific Auditorium, opened in 1935 and lost to fire in 1989.
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The Central Library Goodhue building even gets a cameo in the exhibit it is set to house for several months. Cindy Olnick, director of communications for the LA Conservancy, is the exhibit's curator and the author of a new book about our city's fabled structures, here and now gone. The exhibit is also made possible by the work of the LAPL Photo Friends.
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Edna and Nick Stewart, founders of the Ebony Showcase, stand before the historic theater, which was torn down in 1998. The vision and spirit of the Washington Boulevard venue live on through The Ebony Showcase Theatre and Cultural Workshop, Inc. Visit www.ebonyshowcase.org for more info about fundraising, projects, and history of the theater.
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The Valley Museum Theater was constructed in 1963 and demolished in 2007.
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The Brown Derby, a stylish meet-and-be-scene spot near the Ambassador Hotel off Wilshire Boulevard, was the home of the Cobb Salad. The dome of the hat was incorporated into a shopping center after the restaurant shuttered.
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The Cinerama Dome of Sunset Boulevard, which opened in the fall of 1963, still stands today. It continues to serve as a mega screen for blockbuster releases, as well as sometimes appearing in the movies and on television.
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The neon still shines, and the vintage cars still show up, at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. On the menu? Classic burgers, fries, and milkshakes, like the days of yore.
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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premiered in December 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theatre near the mid-city. It's gone, but a replica of the building's exterior may be found inside Disney California Adventure in Anaheim.
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The Lasky-DeMille Barn has had more than one home in our city, and it still may viewed, and visited, in its location across from the Hollywood Bowl on Highland Avenue. See photos from our city's landmarks that still remain, and those landmarks now long gone, at the Central Library's new look-back display at LA's important architectural story.
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