Top Ten Los Angeles Neon Signs

Top Ten Los Angeles Neon Signs

  1. Earl Carroll Theater “Thru These Portals Pass the Most Beautiful Girls in the World”

    “Okay, maybe it’s cheating to include a sign that’s now on display on the Sketchers-trodden expanse of Universal CityWalk, but this one is just too good to pass up. The sign used to hang above Earl Carroll’s famous supper club, which he opened in 1937 on the Sunset Strip. And all visitors received a magical promise: “Through these doors pass the most beautiful girls in the world.” The one on display at Universal is a replica, since the original sign had disintegrated by the late 1960’s, but it’s just as magnetizing and curious.”
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  2. Felix Chevrolet

    “Felix has been grinning down on Figueroa since 1958, when the Chevrolet dealership moved to its current address. Winslow Felix, who founded the dealership in 1922, was friends with Pat Sullivan, whose animation studio created the cat. Felix adopted his namesake as his logo, and now, the feline Felix has become an official Los Angeles cultural-historical monument.”
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  3. The Frolic Room

           “And bar signs are back. The Frolic Room is my personal favorite (and actually a strong contender for best overall neon sign). It’s divey enough to lure you in, but as colorful as confetti. If you had to make a sign look like it was frolicking, this is what you would do.”
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  4. Brentair Swimming Pool Services

    “This bathing beauty is even sexier than her neon cousin, the Virginia Court Motel Diver, who lived on Santa Monica Boulevard last year, courtesy of the MONA. Anyways, this girl isn’t leaving anytime soon, she’s having too much fun swimming in pale neon aqua water. She might like a visit.”
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  5. Virginia Court Motel Diver

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  6. The Half Moon Motel

    “Part seedy, part dream-like. The slanted letters that spell out ‘Motel’ really make it; as if the sign were slowly escaping into outer space. And it has just the right amount of playfulness — it’s not overcompensating for dirty sheets.”
    Links: Top 100 Motels, Top 100 Hotels, Top Ten Los Angeles Hotels,
  7. Wacko

           “Wacko is a pretty strange place. Is it even possible to categorize a store that calls itself a “Soap Plant?” At any rate, the sign is just as zany as the store itself.”
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  8. Nuart Theater

    Description: “The Nuart: Perfect art deco form, with an eighties color touch. It’s just a little different from other theaters’ splashy neon marquees (El Capitan and El Rey, I’m looking at you). Square, low and elegant, the sign melds into the surrounding block.
    Links: Top Ten Theaters, Top 100 Films, Top Ten Opera Houses,
  9. The Good Luck Bar

    “Watering holes and neon are a perfect pair, it seems. Good Luck Bar’s sign scintillates, it’s delicately dimmed down for effect. The arrow almost looks like beaten, glistening gold from afar. On an otherwise dark block, this sign is a perfectly crafted beacon at night.”
    Links: Top Ten Los Angeles Bars,
  10. The Mint

           “What can I say? The Mint’s sign has a quiet kind of perfection about it. The bar and music venue has been around since 1937, so their sign must be doing something right. Art deco trim? Check. Spare green and white lettering? Check. A blue ‘Blues’ sign, in 1930’s jazz font. They hit it spot on. It’s spare, even mysterious, and it makes you want a drink.”
    Links: Top Ten Blues Clubs, Top Ten Blues Musicians, Top Ten Blues Songs,
  11. Bonus: Circus Liquor

    “Circus Liquor definitely wins the prize for creepiest neon sign in LA. It’s quintessentially Valley, somehow, the clown stares off into the great, dark expanse of San Fernando, trying to forget the liquor sign that he is condemned to hold. Further strange fact: he is also the only witness to Alicia Silverstone’s mugging in Clueless.”
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  12. Bonus: El Capitan Theater

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  13. Links: Top Ten Neon Signs, Cities, Top Ten North American Cities, Top Ten US Cities, http://blogs.laweekly.com/stylecouncil/2011/06/10_best_neon_signs_in_los_ange.php,