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Police investigate Sunset Strip Club, January 1959

January 23, 2009 |  6:00 am


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Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times

On a recent trip to the city archives, the Daily Mirror looked into the agenda packets for the Los Angeles Police Commission. We found an investigation of an application for a cafe permit at Pandora--later Pandora's Box--8118 Sunset Blvd. The file reveals attitudes toward gays, includes an account of an arrest for prostitution, takes a look at jazz (those cats were noisy), describes the neighborhood (which also included the Garden of Allah and Sherry's) and shows the challenges faced by restaurant operators--and police--in the 1950s.
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"Location frequented by prostitutes and homosexuals," hearing examiner said. 

 




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