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Nightime at Simon's Drive-In
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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In the 1930s, Wayne McAllister, the originator of the circular drive-in, designed circular Simon's Drive-in Restaurants in the Streamline Moderne style with a three-layer roof and neon advertising pylon; this style was copied throughout the country.
Simon's, located at 5171 Wilshire Boulevard, is well lit for outside drive-up customers. Cars are parked all around the round-shaped restaurant. The marquee advertises sandwiches, hamburgers, barbecue, and fountain, and signs with prices for food items are hung in a line all across the windowtops.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Restaurants-Drive-In-Simon's; S-000-074.8 5x7; S-000-074.7 5x7
Simon's (Restaurant : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Restaurants--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Drive-in restaurants--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Night photographs
McAllister, Wayne,1907-2000
Hancock Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Time Period

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