CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1994 |
Nudie's Rodeo Tailors Inc., famed clothier to Western movie stars and country singers, is now a part of history. The 6,600-square-foot store, which officially closed Friday after 47 years of dressing some of the best-known stars in Hollywood and Nashville, invited old and new customers to bid farewell to the legendary retailer Sunday afternoon. "Isn't there anything left to buy?" asked Ellen Lotterman of North Hollywood as she peeked into the store before the party started.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1993 |
The "foodski, funski and brewski" are gone-ski. Gorky's is kaput. Twelve years after downtown's best-known bohemian hangout opened in the name of cheap java for the working class, Gorky's Cafe and Russian Brewery has quietly shut down, leaving nothing but the coffeepot and a bill for back rent. "So Long, L.A.," reads the sign on the window. "They done cleared out," nodded a panhandler in a nearby cardboard box.
September 13, 1991 |
First Interstate Bancorp, feeling the effects of the soft California economy and a continuing slide in the state's real estate market, said Thursday that it is cutting its work force by 3,500, with as many as half of the layoffs expected in California. The layoffs are part of a companywide restructuring that will result in a $200-million loss in the third quarter. The bank will take a $90-million third-quarter charge, mostly for severance pay.
January 5, 1996 |
For sheer brashness, it's hard to top what investment broker S. Jay Goldinger did the day his horse Putting won the seventh race at Hollywood Park. Invited into the winner's circle for a celebratory photograph, Goldinger arrived bearing a "for sale" sign to hang on the horse--earning him a dressing-down from track stewards. But Goldinger was never one to let conventional notions of decorum or prudence cramp his style.
August 14, 1990 |
The last picture show of its kind folded quietly a few weeks back, but don't expect any public mourning. Oh sure, men who didn't get the word still walk up to the ticket window, only to be disappointed. And as they slink back to their cars, they don't want to give their names, don't want their pictures taken, don't want to rhapsodize over memorable films they watched in darkness.
October 15, 1991 |
Lawry's California Center, a Los Angeles attraction for the past 30 years, will close on Jan. 3, yet another Southland culinary landmark to fall during the recent recession. Its cost-conscious owner, Thomas J. Lipton Co. of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., said Monday that the closure of the 17-acre site northeast of Dodger Stadium is part of a companywide consolidation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2005 |
The longest going-out-of-business sale on Hollywood Boulevard is ending. Book City Collectibles, the once-cavernous landmark beloved by neighborhood book junkies and film buffs for 32 years, is finally leaving. Probably. When the sign announcing Book City's closure went up in the front window four years ago, area bibliophiles panicked. Ten thousand people signed a petition declaring its importance to the neighborhood. Then, somehow, owner Alan Siegel, 76, never left.
January 15, 2009 |
The Motion Picture & Television Fund -- a charity started by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and other Hollywood luminaries to care for entertainers who fell on hard times -- said Wednesday that it was closing a hospital and nursing home by year's end. With more than 500 hospital admissions last year and about 100 long-term residents, the Woodland Hills facilities have been a $10-million annual drain on the fund's budget for the last four years.
January 25, 2007 |
HOW can a bank lose in a town like this? There's a beautiful lake nearby that attracts hordes of boaters in the summer, a bounty of inexpensive land and loads of frugal people -- whose forefathers were so cheap that for nearly a century the town has been known as Tightwad. The residents here -- all 63 of them -- take that name as a badge of honor. "I'm proud to be a Tightwadian," said Tom Skaggs, 72, the town's first mayor and a former member of the volunteer fire department.
June 30, 1999 |
For many Marines stationed there, El Toro Marine Corps Air Station was just another duty station, albeit one with sunny weather and beautiful beaches nearby. But for Quang X. Pham, reporting to El Toro in 1990 as a young lieutenant represented a chance to come face to face with a piece of his heritage. "It's more than just a base," Pham, 34, says. "It's a place of history for my people." Pham, a refugee from Vietnam who now lives in Mission Viejo, calls El Toro the "Vietnamese Ellis Island."