In Memory of the Pan-Pacific Auditorium

Alison Martino Hollywood

The venue that hosted Elvis and the Ice Capades was demolished in 1992. For Alison Martino, the loss was personal. Photo: George Mann Estate The 100,000-square-foot masterpiece was used as a sports arena, for political events, car shows, circuses, conventions, and concerts. Elvis Presley performed there at the height of his career, in October of 1957. The King of Rock …

This is What Third Street Promenade Looked Like Before the Gap Even Existed

Alison Martino Hollywood

What’s changed—and what hasn’t—about Santa Monica’s outdoor mall by Alison Martino Photo: Fashion show 1965. Photo: UCLA This modernist outdoor space was once home to Sears and Woolworth’s ($11.98 for a pair of Wallaby’s!) plus dozens of mom-and-pop shops, which made it unique. The list of smaller businesses included Kress’, Lerners, Hartman’s, Bartons Candy Store, Leeds”, The Smuggler, The Silver …

The Daisy in Beverly Hills

Alison Martino Hollywood

“The Daisy”, which bloomed in 1962, was Beverly Hills’ first members only – private discotheque. It was a place were actresses in skin tight pants would dance the Watusi jerking elbows and hips with Steve McQueen or Robert Redford. Jack Hanson, bought the property on Rodeo Drive where the original Romanoff’s had stood. Night spots like The Mocambo, Ciro’s and …

The Viper Room Turns 21

Alison Martino Hollywood

The legendary club is legal at last! Alison Martino looks back at its past incarnations. It’s been 21 years since the Viper Room—a place famous for great drinks, legendary music performances, and being where actor River Phoenix tragically overdosed—opened its doors on August 14, 1993. To celebrate the anniversary, the 250-person-capacity venue has scheduled special guests this month. Meanwhile, we’re …

The Mystique of Melrose Avenue

Alison Martino Hollywood

How one mid-city street became the gritty pinnacle of West-Coast cool. Robin Young and friend taken by Suzan Colon, former writer at “Star Hits Magazine” By 1984 it was the pinnacle of the trendy punk rock influence and new wave scene in Los Angeles stretching from Fairfax to La Brea. Dozens of off beat independent businesses and forward thinking boutiques …