Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Historic L.A.: Chinese kitsch in Hollywood

Mandarin Market, Vine St. near Fountain

Although I vaguely remember the Hollywood Ranch Market being on Vine near Fountain, I had no idea that before it was remodeled, it was an impossibly kitschy Chinese-themed supermarket, the Mandarin Market. No wonder people were flocking to Hollywood in droves, it was so groovy back then, between the giant tamales and the pagoda-bedecked supermarkets. You'd think at least the 99 Ranch Market might like to copy this style instead of the bland square markets we have now.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was there a giant tamale in Hollywood? There was one on Whittier Boulevard, and it still stands today, but now it's a beauty salon. At one point in the 1990s it was painted hot pink.

Pat said...

No, I just meant giant tamales in the general L.A. area, not necessarily in Hollywood itself. Although I think there were others besides the Whittier one.

Ellen Bloom said...

Oh! Me toooo, Pat! I wish we had more vernacular architecture in L.A. I'm sure you know, Jim Heimann's got 2 books out, "California Crazy" 1 & 2, that show examples of this fun!

I'm sure it's just probably too expensive to build these types of structures today. Sigh.

Geoff said...

@ellen

Does Jim have another California Crazy book out? I only know about this one.