Calpet Super Station (Demolished) | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Calpet Super Station (Demolished)

For a brief time, the Calpet station just west of Vermont was the most stylish place on the boulevard to fill up your gas tank. 

The station itself was architecturally distinct, with a Moorish-domed cashier's hall and a ladies lounge furnished tastefully with Venetian mirrors, cozy rockers, and settees.

On opening weekend in 1927, customers streamed in to the accompaniment of an orchestra and were greeted by film stars including Buster Keaton and Norma Talmadge.

Calpet Girls greeted customers in Tunisian costume, and male station attendants pumped gas in white shirts, bow ties, and maroon jackets with puttees and breeches.

Texaco soon took over Calpet. An office building now occupies the site.

Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

Club Ripples

Since 1972, Club Ripples has been an important social and political center in Long Beach's LGBTQ community.
Photo courtesy of Big Orange Landmarks

Shrine Auditorium

The Shrine Auditorium and its adjoining Shrine Expo Center were designed by architects John C. Austin and Abram M. Edelman with interiors by noted theatre architect G. Albert Lansburgh in a Moorish Revival style. When it opened in 1926 with over 6,700 seats, the Shrine was the largest theatre in the United States. It is still the largest proscenium arch stage in North America.