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Old Posted Sep 30, 2012, 6:16 PM
BifRayRock BifRayRock is offline
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Fascinating exposition kznyc2k!

Now for another challenge, where was the Moscow Inn located and are there pictures? It was east of La Boheme aka Trocadero, and its number was CR 4331.

Perusing the usual sources for information concerning the Cotton Club and the Moscow Inn, a number of other establishments were mentioned. Many of which have been discussed on this forum. The 1929 amusement map is significant in that it highlights the better known nightspots of the time. Almost all of them presented themselves as legitimate places for dining and dancing while, rightly or wrongly, they also had reputations for being "roadhouses" or "speakeasies" capable of serving demon rum. It goes without saying that illegal booze probably encouraged some other politically unpopular and illegal activities such as gambling and prostitution. Even after 1933, when alcohol was legal, the other vices managed to scrape by on their own.

Absent personal knowledge, it is hard to say what clubs were strictly legitimate and which may have occasionally strayed from the straight and narrow. For all I know some may have falsely enjoyed a racy reputation, that could have been good for business, at least for a short while. Suffice it to say, there certainly were quite a few supper-dance-entertainment enterprises with interesting names and maybe equally interesting reputations. They include The Cotton Club's predecessor, "The Green Mill" as well as the Jungle Inn, La Fonda Inn, Paris Inn, Marcel Inn,Heigh Ho Inn, Russ Gypsy Inn,the Plantation, the Pom Pom Cafe, the Showboat Cafe, Rainbow Gardens, Villa Inn, Zucca's Inn, Moonlight Gardens, Sunset Inn, Doo Doo Inn, Kit Kat Club, Midnight Frolics, Sneak Inn and the Clover Club.

Curiously, one source suggests that the Monkey Farm (down the street from the Cotton Club - "take the Washington St. bus.") may have been a "swinging" club not to be confused with the swingers at Monkey Island. However, the map includes it with a list of Places of Interest, like Ostrich Farms and the Luna Park Zoo. "200 monkeys. Smallest and Largest known!"

Directly above the LaBrea Dinosaur is "Cuckoo Clock" on Beverly Blvd. Is it a roadside attraction that tells time or a hoppin hot spot?

Clover Club (8477 Sunset Blvd. above La Cienega Boulevard) Feb 6, 1935

Another speakeasy!, 1929 (Tony's Cafe at 905 First Street)
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And another! (Notice the convenience of getting your stomach vulcanized and next door getting your tires vulcanized!)
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According to the source, Anne Laskey, this (now demolished) home at 4412 Wilshire Blvd also served as a speakeasy. lapl


I know it is far from the subject of Los Angeles, but this image is instructional regarding the treatment of liquor sales - even in 1932. Yes, it is for Washington D.C. and if anyone is offended, I will delete it.
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Last edited by BifRayRock; Oct 1, 2012 at 12:58 AM.
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