The Marquis Restaurant
Once Located on Sunset Strip
Photo: George Mann, 1964
You might remember this building located at 8240 Sunset Blvd as as Carlos & Charlie’s or Dublin's Irish Pub. But it was originally called the Marquis built by Los Angeles architect Robert Lee Byrd (who also designed the Polanski residence on Cielo Drive in 1941).
The club on the top floor was called El Privado - nick named "El Perverto". On occasion Joan Rivers and Ben Vareen would perform in the restaurant and Timothy Leary gave lectures as "Dr. Hip". According to prince.com, record companies and/or artists would often bring new releases to the DJ booth asking to play their records. In 1979 a young man dressed in blue jeans, button shirt and a cowboy hat came up to the window and introduced himself. It was Prince. He asked them to play, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, which hadn't been released yet. And Mrs. Moody's drama classes mounted a full scale musical every year.
The long-gone building just to the east is what was called the Sunset Strip Apartments -- seen in a few films -- funky forties / fifties living. The billboard back there is for Richard Chamberlain's "King Solomon's Mines." The old building with the Fred Sands sign is here being overhauled; currently it's where the durable Sunset Trocadero club resides. The Body Shop (still there) and Carlos 'n' Charlie's (long gone).
The Sunset Strip as it looked in 1982. Photo taken on the front patio at Carney's Tain. "A trip to Carney's kicked off spring break. The Stigwood building, Carlos 'n' Charlie's, the Golden Crest, and The Source, Oh My! (No chili on my hot dog was harmed in the shooting of this photo", says Nick Faitos. (I am eternally grateful for all his personal photo archives).
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