Starting this weekend off with a whirlwind neon tour. Off to the Valley, bumper to bumper traffic for most of it. It was fun but exhausting and now it’s after 1 am already. Oh well. Several disappointments — a couple come to mind. The Corbin Bowl in Tarzana was only half-lit — a real stunner, such a shame. But what’s worse — the Leonardo’s Nightclub in L.A. has been crappily adapted for the Candela Taco Bar — painted over & neon removed. Let’s all mourn:
Here’s what I had been hoping to see tonight:
But let’s not linger on what was — let’s rejoice in what still is!
Carlson’s Liquors in Woodland Hills, for instance. By day —
and by night:
Lots more liquor tonight. Here’s Al’s Liquor in Reseda:
More liquor in Reseda:
A darling of a sign in Van Nuys. Too bad the sun was so low that the building shadow-ed the bottom of the sign. But had it been morning, it would have been impossible to shoot around that Del Taco sign on the left:
At the Valley Beverage Company in Sherman Oaks:
Also in Sherman Oaks — Antonio’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant. Some of the “boot” neon border is out on both sides. I would have shot the other side so the boot would be facing the right way — but there was a tree challenge on that side:
And lastly — I think this might be a modern sign. Or maybe it was just re-lettered for Champ’s Sports Bar in Burbank. The arrow looks vintage:
OK — that’s enough for now. Lots more goodies tomorrow night. I thought I’d be doing some Orange County this weekend but that seems very unlikely. The list of L.A. reshoots kept growing as I looked at my website photos from 2008. So OC will have to wait. Although there is one Must-See (I’ll keep you in suspense) this weekend in Newport Beach. So maybe we’ll dilly-dally down there a bit to get out of this L.A. heat. It was 95 in the Valley tonight at 6 pm. The dogs and I are definitely not used to this after living near the beach where it never gets above 70.
Lots of killer neon signs from tonight over at Flickr & Ipernity (I’m killing myself uploading to both now). So click on your preferred format: