I am told this placard was from Ed’s Kit Kat… back in the day:
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I can’t find anything about Steve Lubetkin on the web, so he must not have been all that funny. And jumping from the 14th floor of the hotel had to have made a mess down there on the driveway. I like how it was all about a pay dispute regarding comedians not getting paid, and he blames it all on Pauly Shore’s mother (the Shores have long owned the Comedy Store in Hollywood). The bio below cuts off but a note found on his person read: “My name is Steve Lubetkin. I used to work at the Comedy Store.” or something like that. His girlfriend also left a poster of him in Mitzi Shore’s office which read: “Got the message!”. Drama.
The goofball named Marvin Pancoast – who murdered the model and Alfred Bloomingdale muse, Vicki Morgan in 1983, attempted to jump from the roof of the same “Riot Hyatt” back in the mid-70’s but police were able to talk him down and take him away. Marvin was convicted of murder but died in Chino prison of AIDS in 1991.
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Kamala Almanzar, a professional bellydancer based in Los Angeles shares no holds barred memories, opinions & gossip of her 35 year dance career. http://www.kamaladance.com All photos belong to her.
Ali Baba’s… it sounds terrible but I still want to go. I am trying to get in touch with Kamala, if you have info on this old club-restaurant, please post in the comments. Thanks.
Here are some photos of Kamala on the dance floor and of the band performing at Ali Baba’s:
Funk, soul and jazz musician Fred Wesley played with many of the great acts of the sixties and seventies. In his book “Hit Me, Fred” he relives what it was like in the seventies at Eddie Nash’s “Soul’d Out Club”:
The Soul’d Out was on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood … the club was much like any other nightclub in the world … it smelled of smoke and beer and perfume … and was crowded with sweaty people laughing and chatting … but this club was in Hollywood … the women were all extremely beautiful model types, and the guys were all TV-type hip dudes. Everyone was dressed in the latest fashions. It was obvious that the guys were on the prowl for girls and the girls were definitely setting traps for the guys … people were drinking and smoking and making frequent trips in and out of the front door and in and out of the bathrooms giving away the drug action that was also happening … the jukebox was playing classic R&B and everybody was dancing. The black people were dancing very well, as usual, and the white people, as usual, were enthusiastically doing the best that they could … Actually, I did notice that the white people were dancing unusually well. Everybody seemed to know everybody. To my surprise, there wasn’t even a hint of racial recognition … it was fun, relaxed, homey atmosphere.
I wanna go!
Thanks to Vintage L.A. for sharing this classic photo of Hollywood Blvd. The 7 Seas building was recently sold again in July, 2013 for crazy money. The previous owner purchased it from Eddie Nash in 2007. Ed also had his main office upstairs for his umbrella corporation “Adel, Inc.” which I guess governed some of his business ventures and probably contained a large safe. That’s according to a corporate directory I once found. This location was a mere hop, skip and jump for Greg Diles to drive Ed to from his house in Studio City.
The building’s seller, infamous impresario Eddie Nash, agreed to part with the retail and office structure for an undisclosed price.
…Eddie Nash, who owned the building for almost 50 years, said he finally agreed to sell after a CIM executive “wore me out.” (oh Ed, you so craaazay!)
…Much of the time Nash owned it, and as far back as the 1930s, the building was the home of Seven Seas, a popular island-themed nightclub that once boasted live floor shows with music and dancers three times a night.
…Like many other buildings in Hollywood, this one fell far and hard in the 1980s and 1990s when scores of businesses departed and the neighborhood earned a reputation for being disreputable and even dangerous.
Sorry, but I don’t know what goes on at a Masonic Lodge and I am not sure that I want to know. But from what I’ve seen on the Simpsons and Flintstones it looks pretty harmless:
Hollywood Blvd. looking east towards Highland Ave. in Oct. 1963 (50 years ago). The 7 Seas Restaurant is across the street, next to it is the Hollywood Masonic Temple (current home to TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Show) and the Paramount Theater (today its the El Capitan). Past Highland Ave. is the Hollywood Theater and Hollywood Inn (the “H’ is burned out—it was later bought by the Church of Scientology).
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To the French, it’s a very sad, depressing and lonely place. “It’s a true urban laboratory”.
This is Los Angeles in 1970.
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