Saturday, April 16, 2005

Perino's No More

Maria and I passed by the old Perino's on Wilshire earlier today -- and I'm sad to report that the building that once housed the restaurant, once a staple of classic Hollywood, is gone.

As planned, the pink building -- in recent years the home of countless film shoots and events -- was demolished to make way for an apartment building.

Sigh. I'm now not looking forward to the day I pass by the Ambassador Hotel, also on Wilshire, and see that it too has finally succumbed to the wrecking ball. (That day is coming.)

Maria and I got a chance last year to see the restaurant up close one last time last April, thanks to a performance there by the Collage Dance Theater. (Of course, we took a camera and poked around after.)

Movies such as "Scarface,'' "Bugsy," "Chaplin" and "Mulholland Falls" all shot at Perinos. The Ray Romano/Kevin James action comedy "Grilled" was the last movie to film there.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This whole thing just makes me sick. I was devestated back in '02 to discover Jayne Mansfield's Pink Palace had been torn down. I used to drive past there, last at night, and just watch it glow pink. Now the Ambassador is gone! I went to one of the sales back in the mid 1990s, and got myself a pair of gold trimmed champagne glasses, covered in ancient crud, which I cherish. I also got to go down to the pantry, with a very friendly security guard, who also showed me a group of odd rooms on the top floor, supposedly the Kennedy's roost.

Now Perino's is gone, what's left?? Will the glamorous history of Los Angeles be reduced to shitty strip malls??

Sean Harrington

10:45 AM  

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