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My Favorite Year

A stylish subculture of Angelenos are so obsessed with a certain decade they’ve decided to stop the clock and live forever in the past

Chris Nichols

The 1920s

Nicole Loretta
Highland Park | Owner, Paper Moon Vintage boutique | Photographed at her shop
Photographs by Emily Shur

PACIFIC DINING CAR
Westlake

Climb aboard this plush train-themed restaurant, which opened in 1921, for an evening of steaks and champagne.

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The 1930s

Bobby Green
Altadena | Designer/Owner, 1933 Group | Photographed at his garage
Photographs by Emily Shur

PANTAGES THEATER
Hollywood

The art deco venue, which debuted in 1930, used to showcase vaudeville. Now the stage is set for touring Broadway shows.

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The 1940s

Nathan Marsak
Highland Park | Historian/Writer | Photographed at his home office
Photographs by Emily Shur

THE SMOKEHOUSE
Burbank

Noir characters have been drawn to the dark booths inside this 1946 restaurant since the days of The Big Sleep.

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The 1950s

Elvia Lahman
Altadena | Owner, The Loved One boutique | Photographed at Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop
Photographs by Emily Shur

BRUNSWICK COVINA BOWL
Covina

The nuclear family will enjoy knocking down a few pins in this space-age alley built in 1955. Look for the pyramid-shaped building with the neon ankh.

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The 1960s

Kari French
Silver Lake | Artist | Photographed at her home
Photographs by Emily Shur

THE DRESDEN ROOM
Los Feliz

It first opened in 1940, but a super groovy renovation in 1964 included the new dining room, which still features the original white leather booths and mod lighting fixtures.

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The 1970s

Foxy Jennifer
Silver Lake | Owner, Aquarian Vintage | Photographed in Echo Park
Photographs by Emily Shur

WILL GEER’S THEATRICUM BOTANICUM
Topanga

The outdoor theater, which opened in 1973, is located in an artists’ colony that’s a haven for flower children.

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The 1980s

Bao Vo
Downtown L.A. | Songwriter | Photographed at his loft
Photographs by Emily Shur

KATE MANTILINI
Beverly Hills

In 1986, the family behind Hamburger Hamlet asked Morphosis, the award-winning Culver City design firm, to create this “steakhouse for the future.”

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