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8801 Sunset Strip

I've always been fascinated by the history of 8801 Sunset Blvd and Horn Ave.  Here's a 100 year old time line... In the 1920s, 8801 Sunset Blvd was a dusty old structure that sold and repaired furniture called Venetian Studios It looked like something straight out of the "Wild Wild West".     In the 1930s it became Simon’s Diner William Simon built over twenty seven drive-ins plus several regular restaurants in Southern California. Over the years, as he opened new restaurants, he would sell off drive-ins to competitors such as Dolores and Carpenters.  Carpenters located at Sunset & Vine, 1930s I believe the photo above was the ground floor of the Orpheum Theatre in DTLA   William Simon's brother was Mike Simon, who had changed his last name to Lyman, opened his own restaurants under that name, such as Mike Lyman's Grill and Mike Lyman's Flight Deck at LAX Mike Lyman's Cocktail Lounge   Mike Lyman's Flight Deck   In 1945 Simons evolved into Dolo

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